Ever wonder about these? I thought not.
Many of us Baby Boomers remember the original Matty’s Funday Funnies show on ABC back in the late 50s, early 60s. Matty Mattel and his sister Belle first introduced us to the Harveytoons (Casper, et al) and later (in redesigned form) to Bob Clampett’s Beany & Cecil. The characters were spokesmen for Mattel Toys who sponsored the program. The opening of the show and bumpers featuring Matty and Belle (voiced by Cecil Roy and Sylvia Meredeth) were animated by Fleischer/Famous Studios veteran Steve Muffatti (the drawing above appears at the 2:11 mark in the embed below):
Here are the rough boards that were supplied to Muffatti by Mattel’s ad agency (below, click each to enlarge). Some he adapted entirely, others he discarded and came up with his own concepts:
Cartoon Research reader Fernando Ortiz shared with us these six Muffatti storyboards (below) – given to him as a gift by an ex-girlfriend nearly 30 years ago. Here’s the bumper you just saw (at the 1:15 mark in the embed above) in four panel storyboard form. It’s followed by five more (click on each to enlarge):
P.S. And how much did Muffatti get for all his work? $5400. (see invoice below)
(Thanks, Fernando Ortiz and Mark Newgarden)