Animation Inspiration

The Flintstones

Hanna-Barbera (1960-1966)

The Flintstones was a Hanna-Barbera Production that originally aired on ABC-TV in prime time from 1960-1966. It was network television’s first animated series to which there were 166 original episodes. The original name of the series in which a pilot was even made, was “The Flagstones”.
This was the original pilot episode for The Flintstones, but was never shown with the original series. It was actually a 90 second “demo reel” (with greasepencil marks still visible on the film), designed to sell the series to potential advertisers in the winter of 1960, depicting a scene from what would eventually become the episode “The Swimming Pool”.
Sharing a swimming pool starts a feud between Fred and Barney.

The Flintstones is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera. The series takes place in a romanticized Stone Age setting, and follows the activities of the titular family, the Flintstones, and their next-door neighbors, the Rubbles (who are also their best friends). It was originally broadcast on ABC from September 30, 1960 until April 1, 1966 as the first animated series to hold a primetime slot.

The continuing popularity of The Flintstones rested heavily on its juxtaposition of modern everyday concerns in the Stone Age setting. The Flintstones was the most financially successful and longest-running network animated television series for three decades, until The Simpsons debuted in late 1989. In 2013, TV Guide ranked The Flintstones the second-greatest TV cartoon of all time (after The Simpsons).

The Flintstone Flyer

Dizzy Dishes

Talkartoons

Fleischer Studios (1930)

Dizzy Dishes is an animated cartoon created by Fleischer Studios in 1930, as part of the Talkartoon series. It is famous as the first cartoon in which Betty Boop appears, though she is not known as such until her appearance in Stopping the Show in 1932.

Stopping the Show

A Betty Boop Cartoon

Fleischer Studios (1932)

Stopping the Show is a 1932 Fleischer Studios animated short, directed by Dave Fleischer. While it is not the first appearance of Betty Boop, it is the first short to be credited as a “Betty Boop Cartoon.”

Betty Boop appears on stage in a vaudeville theatre. Her act consists of imitations of real-life singers, including Helen Kane, Fanny Brice and Maurice Chevalier. The cartoon audience enthusiastically cheers and applauds.

When the short was originally released, it contained a scene showing Betty singing Helen Kane’s song “That’s My Weakness Now.” Kane, who was involved in a lawsuit over Betty’s resemblance to her, complained, and the studios were forced to remove the scene from future prints.

Clips from this short were later reused in 1934’s Betty Boop’s Rise to Fame.

Dimanche

Patrick Doyon (2011)

This animated short film, selected at the Oscars and Annie Awards 2012, tells the story of a young boy who, to chase his boredom Sunday, places coins under the passage of the train. His experience, however, will take an amazing turn.

	

The Hobbit

Smaug

Arthur Rankin, Jr. & Jules Bass (1977)

An animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s tale of the adventures of a hobbit on a quest to regain a dwarf king’s gold. Smaug is a dragon and the main antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit. He is a powerful and fearsome dragon that invaded the Dwarf kingdom of Erebor 150 years prior to the events described in the novel.

My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail is a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!

Smaug was a fire drake of the Third Age, considered to be the last “great” dragon to exist in Middle-earth. He was drawn towards the enormous wealth amassed by the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain during the reign of King Thror, and laid waste to the neighboring city of Dale and captured the Lonely Mountain, driving the surviving Dwarves into exile.

For 171 years, Smaug hoarded the Lonely Mountain’s treasures to himself, staying within the mountain, until a company of Dwarves managed to enter the Lonely Mountain and awaken him from hibernation. Correctly believing that the dwarves had received assistance from the men of Lake-town in entering the Lonely Mountain, Smaug left the mountain to wreak destruction upon Lake-town, nearly destroying it before being slain by Bard the Bowman.

Nothing Happens

Michelle and Uri Kranot (2019)

It is freezing cold on the outskirts of town. Yet people gather. I watch them form a row across the horizon. We all wait for something to happen. However, nothing does…

NOTHING HAPPENS offers a new way of looking. It is about spectatorship – about watching and being watched. It is about being present.

Directors: Michelle and Uri Kranot
Producers: Marie Bro, Emmanuel Alain-Raynal,
Pierre Baussaron
Art Director: Michelle Kranot
Music: Uri Kranot
Musical arrangements: Thomas Richard Christensen
Animation: Juliette Viger, Marine Duchet, Fabien Corre
Composite: Sara Aunbirk, Uri Kranot
Technical director: Morten Andersen
VR developer: Milan Grajetzki
Sound: Sofie Birch, Thomas Ahlmark
Production: Dansk Tegnefilm (DK), Miyu productions (FR)