Famous Studios Backgrounds-Robert Little

6 Jul

Here’s some screen grabs of Robert Little’s backgrounds from various cartoons. I know nothing about him, but his backgrounds in a lot of the Casper shorts make them worth watching. I love the backgrounds he did in the Little Lulu short “Cad and Caddy”.

Little Audrey-“Song Of The Birds” (1949) Check out more screen shots here.


Little Audrey-“Tarts and Flowers” (1950)
Casper-“Too Boo Or Not to Boo” (1951)
Baby Huey-“One Quack Mind” (1951)
Casper-“Spunky Skunky” (1952)
Caper-“Boo Moon” (1954)
Little Audrey-“The Seapreme Court” (1954)
Herman and Katnip-“Rail Rodents” (1954)
Herman and Katnip-“Cat In The Act” (1957)
Casper-“Hooky Spooky” (1957)
Casper-“Ice Scream” (1957)
Noveltoon-“The Animal Fair” (1959)
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13 Responses to “Famous Studios Backgrounds-Robert Little”

  1. Andy J. Latham July 6, 2007 at 10:05 am #

    I love the backgrounds in “To Boo or Not To Boo”. I like the dappled colour of the barn walls. Most cartoons today would have just flat-coloured them.—————————–< HREF="http://www.andysanimation.co.uk" REL="nofollow">Visit Andy’s Animation!<>

  2. Michael July 7, 2007 at 2:12 pm #

    One of my favorite treats in flying out to the Grim Natwick 100th birthday party was my meeting Bob Little there. I stood on the side and chatted with him for almost an hour. He was a really nice guy, and I’ve always had all the respect in the world for him.Thanks for posting these images.

  3. Kevin Langley July 8, 2007 at 1:18 am #

    Did you happen to “talk shop” with him?

  4. Michael July 18, 2007 at 9:40 pm #

    Thanks for posting these fabulous BGs, Kevin. Pure gold.They remind me of why I chose to paint backgrounds. Character is nothing without context!

  5. Michael July 18, 2007 at 9:42 pm #

    (obviously a different michael) 🙂

  6. Kevin Langley July 19, 2007 at 1:28 am #

    I’m glad you like them. I’ve got a couple of more Famous posts that I want to do. Then it’s onto Fred Brunish once the Woody DVD comes out

  7. Laura R July 13, 2008 at 7:42 pm #

    This is the coolest thing ever. This is my grandfather. You never know what you’ll find when you google a name. I’ve grown up with his work all my life and knew he was an important guy in the cartoon world, but to actually see others admire his work is heart warming. He passed when I was young, so I didn’t get to know him all that well, but I’m glad his legacy lives on.

    • Evelyn Strobel Ruggiero November 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      Are you Meg’s daughter? I went to school with her and remember your grandparents well. Your grandfather did amazing work and I’m sorry you didn’t get to know him better. Glad you grew up with his work and have learned how others appreciate and remember it too!

      • Laura R March 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

        No, my dad (Hudson) was his step-son but he was my only living grandfather. My siblings and I have recently been going through family photos and ‘treasure chests’ and its been a fun experience finding lots of his hand drawn birthday cards to us and random doodles he made along with pictures of him teaching my older siblings how to draw and paint.

  8. Dave Mackey January 11, 2009 at 1:00 am #

    I know this is a two year old post but I must make mention that “The Animal Fair” was a compilation short and the backgrounds depicted are not necessarily by Robert Little. They could be the work of Robert Owen, Robert Connavale, Shane Miller, Tom Ford, Lloyd Hallock or Anton Loeb.On those compilations, Little did do some of the intertitles. I also believe that Little was the house title card artist for Famous/Paramount, especially in the 1950’s.

  9. Kevin Langley January 11, 2009 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks for the info Dave.

  10. V.E.G. February 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Noveltoons are not shown much on TV anymore.

  11. David Byron Rivera June 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    My Mom is Patricia Little ( my Dad-David Rivera), her father was Frank Little- his brother ….Robert Little-I believe this is his work
    I am a big fan

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