Creative Elements: Week 11, keeping ever Noble.

Week 11

Featured header: “What’s Opera Doc?” 1957

I’ve basically decided and narrowed down the approach to my part of the presentation. The original idea was to focus on the early 60’s intro to Warner Brothers stuff, but recalling information felt a little… insincere.. and impersonal. Plus if this blogging has proved anything it’s that I like to grossly over analyse small things! So perhaps subconsciously, my research narrowed further down to what I personally think was the most iconic thing that Noble achieved in his work through this period. Which is his “bringing the background to the foreground”, making the background more than a setting, but a character. One that significantly challenges the main characters of the cartoon. Which is only made more amazing because these weren’t just any cartoon characters, this was Bugs bunny and Wile E. Coyote, some of the most iconic and recognisable characters to have ever been! (Next to that mouse with gloves).

The “Man in the background” is something which Dermott had originally coined as a great title of the presentation, and that’s what I want to focus on as it’s a part of background design that I’ve never thought of! It’s funny how a single phrase can trigger a world of interest!!

My main sources of research have been the books below, as well as watching some of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons:

  • McKinnon, R.J. (2008) Stepping into the picture: Cartoon designer Maurice Noble. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. (McKinnon, 2008)
  • Polson, T., Noble, M. and Jones, C. (2013) The noble approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of animation design. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Chronicle Books.
    (Polson, Noble, and Jones, 2013)
  • The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of animation design (2013) Available at: (Accessed: 2 December 2016).
    (The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of animation design, 2013)



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