Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cool Stuff - Santa

This is one of my favorite animation designs; Santa from the Rankin Bass 1969 "Frosty the Snowman" christmas special.

The show was designed by MAD magazine artist Paul Coker, but I have a feeling that a part of this design's charm and appeal came from the artists at Mushi Productions in Japan where the footage was produced. It's definitely got Coker's quirks and comic strip aesthetic, but it's filtered through this early Japanese execution that feels so solid and well constructed.

I love those ridiculous feet.