Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Ralph Bakshi


Ralph's drawing style is very appealing. You can see the era from whence comes his influence. (Is that good grammar?)

21 comments:

Weirdo said...

I love these doodles. I would love to meet Ralph Bakshi. He's my hero.

Jim Smith said...

Mine too, weirdo.

thomas said...

Influences? I'd say Fleischer, but these drawings have something Krazy Kat about them.

Marc Deckter said...

Awesome Ralph doodles - thanks for posting.

John Calmette said...

I remember Ralph showing me a whole sheaf of his drawing sfrom heavy traffic and coonskin- it is like a twisted '70s version of Fleischer

Bob Lilly said...

Ralph made some entertaining movies. I enjoy seeing things drawn very loose like the one you posted here. Some Billy Debeck looking stuff.
Thanks for the post. Come visit.

Jim Smith said...

Yes John and some early Merry Melodies - he likes to draw the bugs and spiders with the bowler hat and spats, very jazz era. He turned me on to some good jazz music also like Miles from the 50's.

talkingtj said...

i reccomend the bashki book "unfiltered", i bought earlier this year and loved it. ralphs battles with studios,budgets,civil rights activists and censors is all there! he was an early influence of mine and remains a heroic figure for me. i didnt like everything he did, but he stood behind his work with an unshakeable integrity! glad hes still around and his full story can be told! all hail bashki!

Corey said...

fuckin great. I hope we get to see the Coney Island flick someday

RooniMan said...

Looks like 20's comic influence.

Weirdo said...

Jim, what is your favorite Ralph Bakshi film? I would have to say it is Heavy Traffic or Hey Good Lookin'.

Jim Smith said...

I gotta go with Street Fighter (AKA Coonskin). Wizards also put the hook in me. If you have never seen the interview of Ralph on the Wizards DVD I highly recommend it.

Weirdo said...

I have the Wizards DVD and have watched the documentary and the commentary. Very interesting, adds a whole new dimension to the film. Also helps straighten out some parts in the story.

Jim Smith said...

Ralph is an authority on animation history and the story of how he went from assistant to animator is classic, priceless.

Brubaker said...

Seeing how his style evolved is neat.

Have you ever seen those "Sad Cat" and "James Hound" shorts he directed at Terrytoons? The style is VERY different.

He also animated most of those films himself so you get an idea of how he animated, even though the animation is extremely limited.

Jim Smith said...

When Mighty Heroes came out about 1966 - 67 it was like a bolt from heaven. Diaper Man? Tornado Man? Crazy man. I would wake up at 6 every Saturday morning to catch all the cartoons - Space Ghost, Herculoids, Frankenstein Jr. up to about 12 noon, no cable no reruns just one chance to see them and wait a week. Cable took all the fun out.

Weirdo said...

I liked the Mighty heroes, although they were a bit repetitive, but I love Ralph's cartoony designs of all the characters. I particularly loved "The Monsterizer". I love a lot of those 1960s cartoons. I still love watching "Johnny Quest". It'sTHE classic adventure cartoon.

Jim Smith said...

Jonny Quest zapped me good too.

Chris said...

Jim, have you seen these before?

I also have a bunch of Bakshi doodles (jpegs) that I downloaded from ebay auctions. I will post them soon. I do have one original that I won from said auctions.

And, likewise, Bakshi is a great inspiration. More so from his doodles than his movies. I wish unfiltered would've included way more doodles that production work.

Weirdo said...

I loved the production work in that book, particularly from films like "Coonskin", "American Pop", and "Hey Good Lookin".

BTW, those are really cool doodles. I think Ralph Bakshi draws the best doodles. That's just my humble opinion of course.

Jim Smith said...

Thanks Chris. Wizards really put a hook in me. It was pivotal as far as I saw. I went to Bakshi in 1980 and left a portfolio for Fire and Ice. man! I wanted to work on that! But as it happened no go. Still I love watching that stuff.