Monday, August 08, 2005
Gene Hazelton died in April of this year and although I don't remember his passing receiving a great deal of attention, here he is summed up in a nutshell by Local 839...
Hazelton took an entry-level job at Disney in 1939, where he animated the goat kids and cherubim in Fantasia and several sequences in Pinocchio. He moved to Warner Bros. after the 1941 strike, where he designed the infamous characters for Bob Clampett's "Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs". He worked at MGM on "Tom and Jerry" and with Tex Avery on his shorts, and he designed the "Sinbad the Sailor" sequence in Gene Kelly's Invitation to the Dance. Hazelton designed the animated title for I Love Lucy.
At Hanna-Barbera, Hazelton was credited with designing Pebbles and Bamm Bamm for The Flintstones. In the 1970s he took over writing and drawing the Flintstones and Yogi Bear comic strips. After he retired, he continued to draw Hanna-Barbera gallery art as well as dabbling in teaching.
Rest in peace Gene.
Posted by Jastolfo at 7:28 PM