Exhibit: Early 50s UPA Model Sheets

UPA Model Sheet

UPA Model SheetsUPA Model SheetsA couple of years ago, when Amid Amidi and I were working on Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon, I lent Amid these model sheets to use in a proposal to Chronicle Books for a history of 50s cartoon design. Well, Amid dug deep into the wellspring of “modern cartooning” and came up with a book that belongs on every animation lover’s bookshelf. The title is Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation. (Click on the title to take a look at it on Amazon.) It’s a great book- the definitive look at the great studios of the 1950s.

UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet

UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet

Amid put up a great Flickr set of photos of the biggest names in animation during the 1950s. The picture below is of the UPA staff around the time these model sheets were created. Click through it to see the rest…

UPA Staff

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

TheoryGrim Natwick

This posting is part of an online exhibit entitled Grim Natwick’s Scrapbook.
Animated CartoonsAnimated Cartoons

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

5 Responses to “Exhibit: Early 50s UPA Model Sheets”

  1. JoseArtist says:

    Fantastic documents, thank you for sharing them.

    Regards

  2. Liim Lsan says:

    It always perplexed me how well the UPA animators worked with so little dimensionality or motion, and kept the personality fully intact. 0.e

    The ones labelled ‘Father Does a Strip’… was that cartoon unfinished or unmade or unreleased? The copyright date of 1951 and the works immediately afterwards that I can find don’t include it.

    Okay, I need to animate this witch, just so I can see what her design looks like in motion. 0.0

    Thank you for posting this! Masterworks of design and groundbreakers in Cinematic Art.

  3. Phil Johnson says:

    What a treasure trove! I too am always amazed at how much personality can be brought out with just a few strokes.

    I have to say though, the dragon from Georgie and the Dragon looks an awful lot like Disney’s Reluctant Dragon. Is that 1950 on that model sheet?

  4. Liim Lsan says:

    I would love to have seen “Father Does a Strip” had it been made – those are some of the best motion designs I’ve ever seen out of UPA. 0.0
    Of course, everybody who reviewed it on the internet: “My mother was a witch (dun dun Dun dun dun DAAN), She was burned alive…” (Diamond Head’s “Am I Evil.”)

    These model sheets are works of genius. That’s the difference between them and us. We just copy them, while they were synthesizing Malevich and De Stijl and Rene Beauchamp (whom I see in a lot of these designs) and Saul Steinberg. Totally different.

  5. artnok says:

    Great documents! Very happy to see them! Jewels from the past!!!

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