Cartoon Modern

A blog by Amid Amidi of inspiring cartoon art from the 1950s. For more, see my book Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation from Chronicle Books. And don't forget to visit Cartoon Brew.

Flebus (1957, Terrytoons)

Director/designer: Ernie Pintoff

Sleeping Beauty (Disney, 1959)

Concept painting by Eyvind Earle

Walt Disney TV commercial (ca. 1955)

Character designer: Tom Oreb

Background designer: Victor Haboush

Concept painting by Mary Blair from Peter Pan (1953, Disney)

Symphony in Slang (1951, MGM)

Director: Tex Avery

Designer: Tom Oreb

Background painter: Johnny Johnson

90 Day Wondering (1956, Warner Bros.)

director: Chuck Jones

designer: Maurice Noble

Sailing and Village Band (1958, UPA)

director: Fred Crippen

designer: Jimmy Murakami

A segment from Stan Freberg Presents The Chun King Chow Mein Hour: Salute to the Chinese New Year (February 4, 1962)

director: Fred Crippen

designer: Saul Bass & Art Goodman

(Soundtrack is from Freberg’s album “Stan Freberg Presents The United States Of America”)

Character from a Bar-S Meats commercial produced by Ray Patin Productions (ca. 1950s)

designer: unknown

Unidentified characters from a commercial produced by Ray Patin Productions (ca. 1950s)

designer: unknown

Fixed. theme by Andrew McCarthy