Characters

Conga Line

UPA Staff 1950s Conga Line

Steve, Hub, Jules, Bobe, Paul, Bill, and Fred. Original line designed by Fernando Ferreira Garróz, Rio. Addition of Fred Crippen by G. Allen Black, NYC.

One of the most exciting parts of our production so far, has been the designing of characters, primarily important people during the heyday of UPA.  We haven’t included all of them, because we want to save some surprises for the documentary, plus there are a number of characters of people outside of UPA, also not shown here, as well as many we haven’t even created yet.

In fact, some of these may even be changed as we move through production.  We should also mention that not all the character designers are represented here, see Film Credits for the complete list.  The characters designed by some of them we have chosen not to include, or there are important ones that haven’t been finished yet, such as, Art Babbitt, and Chuck Jones, who also worked at UPA.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating some new characters, or become involved in any other part of our production team, go to the crew sign-up page to climb aboard the Good Ship Boing.

Here’s a sample of some of our character creations, along with the character designer responsible:

 

Founders

Steve Bosustow by G. Allen Black Steve Bosustow by G. Allen Black

Steve Bosustow
by G. Allen Black

Dave Hilberman by Fenway Fan Dave Hilberman by Fenway Fan

Dave Hilberman
by Fenway Fan

Zack Scwartz by Joanna Davidovich Zack Schwartz by Joanna Davidovich

Zack Schwartz by Joanna Davidovich

Directors

Robert “Bobe” Cannon by G. Allen Black Robert “Bobe” Cannon by G. Allen Black

Robert “Bobe” Cannon by G. Allen Black

John “Hub” Hubley by Fenway Fan John “Hub” Hubley by Fenway Fan

John “Hub” Hubley
by Fenway Fan

Pete Burness by Fenway Fan Pete Burness by Fenway Fan

Pete Burness
by Fenway Fan

Animators

Bill Melendez Bill Melendez

Bill Melendez
by Fenway Fan

Grim Natwick Grim Natwick by Fenway Fan

Grim Natwick
by Fenway Fan

Willis Pyle by Joanna Davidovich Willis Pyle by Joanna Davidovich

Willis Pyle
by Joanna Davidovich

Backgrounds/Color

Jules Engel Jules Engel

Jules Engel
by G. Allen Black

Paul Julian Paul Julian

Paul Julian
by Fenway Fan

Bob McIntosh Bob McIntosh

Bob McIntosh
by Joanna Davidovich

Production/Story

Herb Klynn Herb Klynn

Herb Klynn
by Joanna Davidovich

Bill Scott Bill Scott

Bill Scott
by G. Allen Black

Ted Geisel Ted Geisel

Ted Geisel
by Fenway Fan