|Color thumbnail from the very first Rocky & Bullwinkle episode|
In previous posts, Frank Hursh described what it was like to work at Gamma; this week I'm pleased to present a few samples of his work during that period. The first thing Frank color keyed at the studio for others to paint was an early episode of Fractured Fairy Tales entitled "The Enchanted Fish." I've included frame captures from the current DVD transfers to illustrate the difference between what Frank painted and the images we've been seeing for over 50 years. Certainly, some colors were altered as the backgrounds were painted but the murkiness of the current print affects the tone of the story:
Below, some more color keys from the same episode, showing an even more radical difference:
While the writing and voice work certainly carry the cartoon, imagine what a different experience the viewer would have with the vibrant art direction evident in these color keys! What other treasures might be buried on the original negatives?