Robert Gentle and Art Lozzi

2 May

I’m a sucker for cartoon backgrounds. Johnny Johnson’s work at MGM are some of the best along with Bill Wray’s and Scott Wills’ work on Ren and Stimpy and Samuai Jack. I’ll address them in a different post. These screen shots are of backgrounds by my favorite Hanna Barbera painters Robert Gentle and Art Lozzi. I love early Hanna Barbera, the characters were great but the stories weren’t that funny and the animation… well, it’s limited that’s for sure. But those backgrounds were always a favorite aspect of those shorts.

Robert Gentle

Art Lozzi

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12 Responses to “Robert Gentle and Art Lozzi”

  1. MikeMatei May 2, 2006 at 8:12 pm #

    yeah those backgrounds are pretty cool. i love simplified backgrounds like that.

  2. Joe May 3, 2006 at 2:10 am #

    Ditto… I love those old backgrounds, that classic ’50s era cartoons.

  3. Michael May 3, 2006 at 10:12 pm #

    Nice post Kevin! I’m a background artist and I really like it when people appreciate the work that goes into these often anonymous paintings.I’ve already put your blog in my links over at http://www.articlesandtexticles.co.ukMore please!

  4. benj May 6, 2006 at 7:43 pm #

    very nice BGs! Thanks for sharing.I’m putting a link to your awesome blog on mine… 🙂

  5. art lozzi October 27, 2006 at 4:30 pm #

    Kevin,thanks. How time flies.Use my email: alozzi@hotmail.com

  6. pumml December 31, 2007 at 7:43 pm #

    Kevin, thanks very much for posting these goodies! Beautiful stuff.I’m a huge fan of Lozzi, Wray, and Wills stuff. I’ve got a bunch of screencaps of Sam Jack bgs in older posts on my blog, if you’re interested. Looking forward to your future post about them.< HREF="http://pumml.blogspot.com" REL="nofollow">http://pumml.blogspot.com<>

  7. Nelli Gentle January 31, 2008 at 10:50 pm #

    Robert Gentle is my grandfather, it’s really nice to see how much his art is still appreciated. He was a great man and a wonderful grandfather!

  8. Kevin Langley February 1, 2008 at 12:50 am #

    Hello Nellie, your grandfather’s work is amazing. I love his backgrounds from Tom and Jerry. If you have any stories or info that us cartoons nerds might find historically significant please feel free to email me. kevin.langley@gmail.com

  9. Gianpaolo Gentle April 16, 2008 at 3:56 am #

    Hey! Wait a minute! Robert Gentle is MY grandfather! We were very lucky to have him. Our two uncles were both involved in the cartoon industry as well, Peter as an animation supervisor i believe, and Andrew still working as a freelance layout artist. Hi Nelli!

  10. art lozzi September 2, 2008 at 7:44 am #

    HI GIANPAOLO (GREAT ITALIAN NAME!!!)AND NELLI. wHAT A WONDERFUL SURPRISE YOU ARE FOR ME.I WAS A VERY CLOSE FRIEND OF YOUR GRANDFATHER AND CERTAINLY A CLOSE CO-WORKER. THE GREATEST GUY! WHY WAS I SO DISTURBED TO SEE YOU USING THE PAST TENSE? AND YET!I STARTED AT MGM WITH MONTY. THEN WE THREE STARTED UP THE BACKGROUND DEPT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF H-B STUDIOS, AT THE CHARLIE CHAPLIN STUDIOS, IN THE MID-TO-LATE 50s. I KEEP THE GREATEST MEMORIES OF BOB GENTLE, WHO WAS TRULY A GENTLE, SMILING, LAID-BACK GUY… AND VERY TALENTED! BE PROUD. I CERTAINLY AM.ART LOZZI

  11. brad woolsey November 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Bob Gentle and my father (Robert Woolsey) were friends in art school in the 30's. I found a charcoal portrait of my father done by Bob completed in '38.

    Bob Gentle ended up doing backgrounds and my father had to drop out of art school even though he was on scholarship at Otis in LA due to finances–he eventually became a toy designer/engineer.

  12. brad woolsey November 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm #

    If Bob's children (I met them in Malibu in the 50's or grandchildren want Bob's work from '38 I'm happy to send them a file.

    It was funny cuz they were close friends and both went by Bob.

    bradrobt@yahoo.com

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