We really enjoyed this video from The Gaze on YouTube that looks at the unsung hero of Looney Tunes animations – the background art. Part of the video celebrates the brilliant work of animator and layout designer Maurice Noble. Noble started out at Disney where he worked on such beautiful classics as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia. When he moved to Warner Brothers, he took layout design work to another level. Could you imagine the Road Runner without the iconic desert landscapes? Noble’s contributions to Looney Tunes were immense. Below is a still from the short What’s Opera, Doc?, where it’s easy to see how much Noble’s work impacted the overall tone.
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