The Golden Age of Cartoon Lettering

Written by Typographica on February 26, 2004

The Warner Bros. Cartoons Title Card Gallery features some beautiful lettering throughout its collection spanning 35 years.

Thanks to Joan Mas for the tip.

7 Comments

  1. I’ve been watching the recently release DVD Looney Tunes Golden Collection lately. You can practically see the brush strokes. It’s a big inspiration for me. It’s nice to see so many examples collected online.

    Here’s another one (which may have been mentioned here before).

  2. Thanks Mark! Some of those are fantastic. A pity they aren’t larger images so we can see the detail. I envy your DVD.

  3. Armin says:

    Very cool! Not sure what I am ejoying more, the lettering or the actual title names? They are as witty and imaginative as the lettering.

  4. Miss Tiffany says:

    These are great! I can really see how some type designers have been influenced, even if I’m only reading into it. I can especially see Jim Parkinson’s work. I’d be curious if he is a cartoon fan.

    The titles are hilarious. “Pettin’ in the park”! Is that child approved? Hehe!

  5. Some of those puns were awful. The funny thing is, I don’t remember noticing the punny titles at all when I was a kid. I recently read Chuck Jones’ autobiography and realized at least part of the reason why: Most of us nowadays remember these catoons as childrens’ television programming, but they were originally shown in movie theaters before the main feature to a mainly adult audience.

  6. David says:

    Super nice! Every time I see the Warner Bros. logo, I think of this.

  7. norman says:

    I’m a huge title card fan.
    I was always curious about what size they were created, and what materials were used.

    After seeing some in the flesh, I was surprised that they were done at the same size as the animation- about 9″x12″.
    Most were done using guache. Larger lettering brushed, and smaller using Speedball etc.

    Why the hell hasn’t someone done a book on titling in general??

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