Saturday, August 27, 2011

Story Sketches

Story sketches for OUT AND ABOUT starring Sledgehammer O'Possum, a cartoon I created, wrote and directed.
Copyright Hanna-Barbera Productions.


The following are story sketches for SHORT ORDERS starring Yuckie Duck, a cartoon I created, wrote and directed. Copyright Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Here are story sketches for LOOK OUT BELOW starring George and Junior, a cartoon I Directed and wrote. Copyright Hanna-Barbera Productions.



  1. this short have a very black humour,Pat.

  2. Great Stuff! Reminds me of Screwy Squirrel.

  3. These boards are a treat -- and not far at all from the final picture. Thanks for posting, Pat!

  4. Agreeing with Mike's comment. It's clear how Sledgehammer and Yucky's cartoons remained so lively if these boards are anything to go by.

    Also very interested with how many scenes were cut from your George & Junior short. The eye/gun scene looks painful - but fun!

  5. The blunderbluss gag was deleted because the cartoon was timed way over ten minutes and we were constricted to a time limit.

    Many gags were deleted from all the cartoons because of length. Can't remember all of them but one from OUT AND ABOUT had Sledgehammer driving off in the dogs car and running him over with it. Then he backs up and does it again.

  6. Hi Pat!
    I have a question, do you use layouts in these cartoons for animation indications?
    I ask this because I see that the storyboards look very close to the finished drawings, there's also animation notes on them. Could you please tell us more about the process behind your cartoons?

  7. Yes we made layouts off the story sketches then I did the animation timing using the layout drawings for the exposure sheets after that the layouts went to animators.

    The layouts were character layouts, using many more poses than were in the story sketches. That's how we got so much expression and physical action.

    All the artists who did these layouts were animators as well, very talented guys who knew what they were doing. We actually animated the scenes as "layouts". I did many scenes myself and animated a lot too.

  8. Thank you very much for that answer, Pat!
    Thanks for the reply Pat. Also I'd like to ask, how long does it take to make one of these shorts?
    I ask these things because I would also like to make my own cartoons in the future:).
    Would you have any advice to give?
    Thanks for taking the time to respond.

  9. Paul, these cartoons were made about twenty years ago I don't remember our exact schedule on these cartoons.

    Think it was three months for layout and three months for animation. Before that the storyboard was done first, took me about three to four weeks to finish it. Then record voices, backgounds, character models, color key...blah, blah etc.

    It would be about eight/ten months total--we had a very good schedule on these. Now they rush everything out so fast and crappy. I feel fortunate to make these on a timely manner.

    If you are planning to make a cartoon all by yourself, it's all your time, do it right and take all the time you need.

    If you keep it as a rough pencil test, it can be made in a shorter time frame.