View Full Version : Flintstones' Artist Ed Benedict Dies

10 October 2006, 02:41 AM
" Ed Benedict, a legendary animator who put life, love and laughter in TV cartoon characters like Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble and Yogi Bear, has died at the age of 94.
Benedict died in his sleep on Aug. 28 in Auburn in Northern California, his longtime friend and fellow animator David K. Sheldon confirmed Tuesday.

"He was quite an interesting fellow, that's for sure," Sheldon said. "He was the main character designer for all the early Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw."

Benedict, who worked at MGM, Universal and other studios on short, theatrical cartoons, joined Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera soon after the pair launched their groundbreaking Hanna-Barbera TV animation studio in the late 1950s. Among his many designs for them were the characters for their first series, 1957's "The Ruff & Reddy Show."



10 October 2006, 03:44 AM
man that's a huge loss...this guy was a genius!

10 October 2006, 04:17 AM
this is somewhat old news, all of the major news outlets are just now reporting about it. Its still sad though, a very telented designer and animator. Every cartoon today with very sharp simple design (dexters lap etc) can be traced back this guy. The Flinstones design was revolutionary back in the day, the first cartoon of its kind, I think it predates UPA style too.

10 October 2006, 04:45 AM
Sad news about Ed Benedict, does anyone know about the animator
Carlo Vinci? He died in 1993, nobody even knew about it due to there being no internet back then. He was the best Hanna Barbera animator IMO, he taught Joe Barbera how to animate. John Kricfalusi follows Vinci's style in his own work and loves his work. Carlo gave Yogi his wagging backside and did all the musical dance numbers in all the Hanna Barbera and Terry Toons cartoons.

10 October 2006, 04:50 AM
Sad, we owe a great deal to these people...

He will be missed, but the contribution he and others made to our feild will live on :).

Great man...

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