12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

The animated landscape is one big Uncanny Valley now, dominated by massive digital conglomerates. But a half-century ago, the world's animation powerhouse was an independent outfit run by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, creators of The Flintstones, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby-Doo. This previously unpublished gallery of imagery peeks inside their workshop as the tiny studio gained global prominence.

A 1960 issue of Life profiled the work of animators working on The Flintstones, with a handful of images by photographer Allan Grant. Cartoon Brew published a lovely selection and pointed us towards an incredible archive: 845 more photos by Grant that were never published. We pulled our own collection that gives insight into the painstaking yet fascinating process of animation during this golden age. I think my favorite one of all is seeing the animator making faces in a mirror to get Fred's mouth just right. Enjoy. [Cartoon Brew]

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation

12 Rare Flintstones Production Shots From the Golden Age of Animation