Story: Terry-Toons Storyboard by Jim Tyer

Jim Tyer Storyboard

Archive supporter, Wynn Hamonic shared a real treasure with us today. This is a complete storyboard by Terry-Toons’ most unique animator, Jim Tyer. It’s a great batch of drawings. Terry-Toons art is very scarce, and complete storyboards are even scarcer.

Around 1959 Tyer did storyboards for at least three films in the format of Paul Terry’s early Aesop’s Fables cartoons. The first one, “The Tiger King” (1960) was released, the other two were unproduced. This storyboard, titled “Blood is Thicker Than Water” is particularly interesting because it includes both finished panels and roughed out ones. This gives us a chance to examine Tyer’s working process and see how he planned out his compositions. At Terry-Toons, storyboards were done on full sheets of animation paper and attached to the wall by binder clips. You can see Carlo Vinci and Connie Rasinski pitching a board at Terry-Toons in this photo…

Terry Production Process

It appears that Tyer swept through the board quickly with blue pencil first, roughing in the basic compositions and poses. Then he (or his assistant) went back and began to tighten up the drawings in black pencil over the top of his roughs.

Jim Tyer Storyboard

The cartoon was evidently designed for fairly limited animation. It would even have worked well as an animatic in the style of the earliest Crusader Rabbit cartoons. The story is told primarily in voice over narration- see the breakdown of the VO script at the top. Tyer’s amazing expressions and fun designs make the whole thing work beautifully.

I’d like to thank Wynn Hamonic for giving Animation Resources the opportunity to digitize this important piece of Terry-Toons history for our permanent collection. Enjoy the genius of Jim Tyer!

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Stephen Worth
Animation Resources

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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

13 Responses to “Story: Terry-Toons Storyboard by Jim Tyer”

  1. Rooniman says:

    Looking at his work makes me feel a the more prouder to love cartoons.

  2. Musingo says:

    Despite his reputation as a unique graphic stylist, here Tyer is acting as a straightforward storyteller, articulating every point in that typed outline. One assumes that, had “Blood is Thicker than Water” gone into full production, Tyer might have animated much of it. As an animator Tyer would have fully cut loose. When he animated, as the world knows, Jim Tyer was on his own planet. We are lucky to see these drawings! They prove that there was plenty of method to Tyer’s madness.

  3. Frank Young says:

    Wow… sheer cartooning beauty! I love seeing his blue-pencil drawings. Tyer must have been influenced by Ted Geisel. There’s more than a touch of Doc Seuss in his drawing style. He took the studio cartoon drawing style to its outer limits. Tyer’s is some of the best-looking cartoon art I can think of. Like Roy Crane’s best work, Tyer’s drawings are a pleasure to behold. Thanks 1,000,001 for posting these boards!

  4. Robertryan says:

    Wow! These are stunning. Thank you so much for uploading, reminds me to work harder.

  5. Will says:

    Holy grail! These are amazing! Thanks for posting them. These are really telling: I noticed that Tyer’s comics are usually much more orderly than his animation artwork, and here is a sort of hybrid: not quite a comic book and not quite animation. At any rate, these drawings are full of his idiosyncratic style, but very solid, very clear, and most interesting of all, not overly loose at any stage. It indicates that what held his craziest animation together was the fact that his knowledge of draftsmanship was much more solid than one might think…

    What an original! What a cartoonist!

  6. Kirk says:

    Thanks for these, Stephano! Real jems there, a great little totality to study. Hotcha!

  7. Paul Badilla says:

    There’s any place were we can see the cartoon?

    Thanks for putting this stuff, it really helps to educate young cartoonist today.

  8. Really incredible drawings! Thanks for sharing these online!

  9. Martin Juneau says:

    Those are awesome storyboards. It made me feel to learn more how creating specific and original expressions and poses. Thanks for sharing with us, Tyer is a true good animator and artist!

  10. Dus T' says:

    Absolutely incredible post. Thanks so much!

  11. robcat2075 says:

    What’s the “yes” and “no” all about that appear on several drawings with arrows near the top hole?

  12. Josh says:

    MAN, those are gorgeous drawings! Thanks for sharing

  13. These drawings are so cool! Tyer is one of my favorite artists and animators, Steve!

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