I'm excited to announce that yet again, we have a legend here and this time all one has to do is go back to the glory days of animation where the most memorable shows from the past possessed a common thread; STORY. When you look at an animated cartoon (past or present...Series or Movie production) the common thread to all of the hugely successful productions is that they are all "story driven"! As my guest today, Tony Benedict, will tell you, story doesn't necessarily equate to being dialogue heavy; you can drive a story with action as well.
If the animation is beautiful, but the story is lacking, it WILL be forgotten. It takes a special talent and a creative mind to be able to write these stories thus bringing a cartoon to life. Tony Benedict is one of these talents and with a career that started out at Disney and journeyed through the best studios in the business, his ability to pen a script and accompany it with a storyboard earned him instant respect as well as a strong fan base that still flourishes today.
The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Huckleberry Hound, Magilla Gorilla and The Pink Panther Show left an indelible mark on my youth and I know that I'm not alone. We can thank the many talented people behind the scenes that made it all happen and Tony Benedict is one of those writing legends that is here with me today.
Join me as I interview the genius behind some of the most memorable cartoons to grace the TV sets of yesteryear and yet still today!
Be sure to check out Tony's blog, The Last Cartoonery for more information, fun facts and homage to the hey day of 2D animation and all things Hanna Barbera.