Monday, January 10, 2011

Carol Burnett Titles

WNET re-ran the American Masters Carol Burnett episode this weekend.

I can only vaguely recall the show, it's long run ended when I was only a few years old and it didn't have a vibrant run in syndication.

The animated opening did stick with me, though.

Cursory googling is no help on production credits.  I'll hazard a guess that it was John Wilson who did the Sonny and Cher animation (and the open titles to "Grease").

I'm a great fan of this era of animation.  I love the loose but detailed designed and the idiosyncratic animation.  Budgets were obviously tight but the tricks developed by UPA and John Hubley, amongst others, to stretch resources while maintaining strong character work.

1 comment:

Michael Sporn said...

The credits were done by a French man in NY (Jean-Claude somebody) who had created a large video device - I believe it took 6" tape which he drew on. This system allowed him to animate on 6s, so it took fewer drawings. (This info all came to my knowledge via a TV Guide article, and description of the process, that was published during the run of the show. I write from long-ago memory but have the article in storage. If I ever get it out of storage I'll post it.