Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 

Legendary Illustrator Ed Benedict Dies at 94

It was just announced today that Ed Benedict, the man who gave life to the characters of Fred & Wilma Flintstone, Barney & Betty Rubble, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Quickdraw McGraw, and many more, died earlier this year at the age of 94. "Benedict's designs are both simple — they needed to be to accommodate the strenuous demands of limited TV animation — and highly sophisticated, containing that indefinable drawing quality that gives a drawing charm and personality," Amid Amidi wrote in his book Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation. I agree. There was that extra something in the simplicity of Benedict's style, a style which almost singlehandedly transformed the look of animation in the late 50s and early 60s, borne of sheer necessity, due in large part to the constraints of TV animation budgets. Benedict's designs became iconographic and would influence all television animation that was to follow it. The Flintstones alone have become a cottage industry that has lasted 46 years thus far.

Comments:
I grew up on the Flintstones and I dont see much animation around today that can match Ed Benedict's work.
 
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