John Hubley’s Flat Hatting

John Hubley's Flat Hatting

We’ve debuted a new film on CartoonBrewFilms. It’s John Hubley’s Flat Hatting, a rare 1946 US Navy training film produced at UPA (at the time, still called United Film Productions). I’ve watched and studied this film countless times and I never get tired of it. There is so much graphic daring in the artwork of this film, and it is a terrific example of how beautiful animation can be created with a limited budget and small crew.

My introduction to the film came eight or nine years ago while I was working at Spumco. I was watching Tex Avery’s Symphony in Slang when John K happened to walk into the room. He said, “If you like that, then check out this film,” and pulled out a copy of Flat Hatting from his personal collection. Both of us assumed the films had the same designer since the guy in Symphony in Slang (designed by Tom Oreb) looks somewhat similar to the lead character in Flat Hatting. Of course, I later found out that Flat Hatting was the genius of John Hubley. And now, you can find out too just how much of a genius Hubley was by picking up a copy of Flat Hatting on BrewFilms.


  • http://zekeyspaceylizard.blogspot.com ZekeySpaceyLizard

    I like how you guys get such nifty enticing clips to tantalize the viewer.

    I’m really interested in getting these, but will they play on a pc that doesnt have i-tunes or whatever it is ipods play videos with? Can I just watch these in Quicktime / MediaPlayer ?

  • http://inklingstudio.typepad.com David Nethery

    This is exciting. I’m looking forward to the future releases on Cartoon Brew Films, including Kausler’s “It’s The Cat” .

    Any chance of getting some of Marv Newland’s stuff on Cartoon Brew Films ? Bob Clampett’s Republic short “It’s A Grand Old Nag” ? (is it public domain?) I’d $2.00 pay for a good mp4 version .

  • http://duck-walk.blogspot.com/ Marc Deckter

    Great cartoon! I’ve never seen this one before – thanks for making it available on CartoonBrewFilms. Nice textures in “Flat Hatting”.

    Is there a lot more Hubley planned for the future? Can’t wait to see what’s next!

    To ZekeySpaceyLizard who asked, “Can I just watch these in Quicktime / MediaPlayer?”
    I don’t know about MediaPlayer, bu the movie played in quicktime 7.1.3 for me fine.

  • amid

    ZekeySpaceyLizard: As Marc said above, you need Quicktime 7 or above to play these, which is available for Mac and PCs for free. There may be other ways of doing it, I’m not sure, but with Quicktime 7, it’s technically supposed to work all the time.

    Marc: Yes, more Hubley is planned. That’s all I can say for the moment.

  • http://gagaman.blogspot.com GagaMan

    The MP4 videos also work in VideoLAN, if you don’t like using Quicktime.

  • http://doubleben.blogspot.com/ Emmett Goodman

    You guys at Cartoon Brew are getting some of the best looking, and best designed animated films from all around. Its nice to know there are both old and new films that can be placed in the same category, considering the kind of animation that gets all the attention now. I hope to download these at some point. They look really funny and well designed.

  • http://www.cganim.com chuck

    Hats off to John, like you I saw this a few years ago along with a vhs loaded with great 50′s & 60′s commercials we were given as reference. This stuff is timeless.

  • http://karlstraubmusic.com karl straub

    this cartoon is a great example of how a lot of creative film language techniques can shine in the context of limited animation. the backgrounds and art are great throughout, and rich detail emerges with repeat viewings. the quick cutting and suggestion of depth in the fast flathatting scene are fascinating— very dramatic, brilliantly conceived. based on this cartoon, i would download anything Hubley was involved with.

  • Brian Blacksmith

    Where is the cartoon, plis?