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Google Magazine Search

Check out this great article on Hanna Barbera from the September 1960 issue from Popular Mechanics (that’s Carlo Vinci above shown animating Fred Flintstone). I found it using the new feature on Google’s Book Search which now includes magazines. It’s unclear how many magazines are currently in their system, but at launch it seems to include New York magazine, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Ebony, Jet, Vegetarian Times, and Baseball Digest.

For example, a quick search for Disney or Animation brings up articles like this 1945 classic from Popular Science about how Disney combines live action and animation. This looks to be a great resource for us as they add more periodicals.

(Thanks, Bill Robinson)

  • Jerry, nice to know about this new archival resource. Here’s a frankly unsettling ad I grabbed from Popular Mechanics, February 1944…

    Bosko ad

    We seem to be approaching that 1895-sheet-music-cover level of “realistic” caricature. Such a shame for a character who was actually far more progressive ten years earlier.
    Tom Stathes showed me one of these home movie prints; they’re retitled MGM shorts with only Harman-Ising copyright lines. Whether Harman was legally in the clear to exploit them without MGM I don’t know, but the home movie distributor didn’t sell them for very long—suggesting that there could have been a challenge. The theatrical versions certainly gave the copyright to MGM.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Cool! Thanks!

  • Karl Wilcox

    Interesting and informative article but there is one glaring error:
    RUFF & REDDY was Hanna-Barbera’s first show (not third).

  • Chris

    Thanks very much for the article link. The drawings showing the sequence of mouth movements look like Ken Muse’s work.

  • Newton

    The 1945 Popular Science material (other than the Disney article) must have been the inspiration for Bruce McCall’s classic pieces in the 1970’s National Lampoon. The zenophobic world view and archaic humor are inherent; all McCall needed was color and slight exaggeration of certain elements, which he did a masterful job of providing.