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'''Cliff Roberts''' (1929-1999) was a cartoonist and animator who worked on inserts for ''[[Sesame Street]]'' as well as the [[Sesame Street (comic strip)|spin-off comic strip]] and ''[[Sesame Street Magazine]]''. Roberts spent much of his early career in [[New York City]] as a freelance commercial artist and director. He also worked as a photographer, with work displayed at the 1964 World's Fair, and contributed cartoons to ''[[Playboy]]'' and ''[[The New Yorker]]''. He soon became a popular designer for animation, creating character model sheets for Terrytoons and UPA projects. Roberts' style, reflecting his commercial illustration background, involved flat but appealing forms and a minimal color palette; most of his characters were white blobs with occasional splashes of color.
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[[File:Cliff Roberts strip SSmag June73.png|thumb|300px|''[[Sesame Street Magazine]]'' June 1973.]]
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'''Cliff Roberts''' (1929-1999) was a cartoonist and animator who worked on inserts for ''[[Sesame Street]]'' as well as the [[Sesame Street (comic strip)|spin-off comic strip]] and ''[[Sesame Street Magazine]]''.
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Roberts spent much of his early career in [[New York City]] as a freelance commercial artist and director. He also worked as a photographer, with work displayed at the 1964 World's Fair, and contributed cartoons to ''[[Playboy]]'' and ''[[The New Yorker]]''. He soon became a popular designer for animation, creating character model sheets for Terrytoons and UPA projects. Roberts' style, reflecting his commercial illustration background, involved flat but appealing forms and a minimal color palette; most of his characters were white blobs with occasional splashes of color.
   
 
For ''Sesame Street'', Roberts created [[Jasper and Julius]], two characters who would engage in debates over body parts, as well as [[Christopher Clumsy]]. These characters were brought over to Roberts' ''Sesame Street'' strip, alongside [[Big Bird]], [[Oscar the Grouch]] and [[Cookie Monster]].
 
For ''Sesame Street'', Roberts created [[Jasper and Julius]], two characters who would engage in debates over body parts, as well as [[Christopher Clumsy]]. These characters were brought over to Roberts' ''Sesame Street'' strip, alongside [[Big Bird]], [[Oscar the Grouch]] and [[Cookie Monster]].
   
 
Roberts later worked on the Saturday morning cartoons ''[[The Smurfs]]'', ''[[Scooby-Doo]]'' and ''[[The Pink Panther]]'', and illustrated the [[Langston Hughes]] book ''The First Book of Jazz''. He retired in 1993.
 
Roberts later worked on the Saturday morning cartoons ''[[The Smurfs]]'', ''[[Scooby-Doo]]'' and ''[[The Pink Panther]]'', and illustrated the [[Langston Hughes]] book ''The First Book of Jazz''. He retired in 1993.
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==Sketches==
 
==Sketches==
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:''see also: [[Poverty Pictures segments]]''
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Image:Cartoonleg.jpg|[[Jasper and Julius]]
 
Image:Cartoonleg.jpg|[[Jasper and Julius]]
 
Image:Christopherclumsy.jpg|[[Christopher Clumsy]]
 
Image:Christopherclumsy.jpg|[[Christopher Clumsy]]
Image:Tisfortrash.jpg|Poverty [[T]] {{eka|0020}}
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Image:1095i.jpg|[[I've Got a Mind]]
Image:Awardu.jpg|Poverty [[U]] {{eka|0036}}
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Image:IThoughtaBigThought.jpg|[[I Thought a Thought]]
Image:qwords.jpg|Poverty [[Q]] {{eka|0048}}
 
Image:nisfornifty.jpg|An [[N]]-terview {{eka|0131}}
 
 
Image:Dogbird.jpg|What if a dog looked like a bird? {{eka|0262}}
 
Image:Dogbird.jpg|What if a dog looked like a bird? {{eka|0262}}
 
Image:400013.jpg|[[T]] for Top {{eka|0298}}
 
Image:400013.jpg|[[T]] for Top {{eka|0298}}
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Image:2257p.jpg|Dry and Wet (By the Pool) {{eka|0309}}
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Image:3161k.jpg|Dry and Wet (Washing the Dog) {{eka|0309}}
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Image:Drywet.elephant.jpg|Dry and Wet (Elephant) {{eka|0309}}
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Image:DryWet.manonbeach.jpg|Dry and Wet (At the Beach) {{eka|0309}}
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Image:3141p.jpg|Dry and Wet (Shark Fishing) {{eka|0309}}
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Image:3142u.jpg|Dry and Wet (In the Rain) {{eka|0344}}
 
Image:Cartoontwoeyes.jpg|Two ears, two eyes, two arms, and two legs. {{eka|0406}}
 
Image:Cartoontwoeyes.jpg|Two ears, two eyes, two arms, and two legs. {{eka|0406}}
 
Frogflycartoon.jpg|What if a frog and a fly switched bodies? {{eka|0406}}
 
Frogflycartoon.jpg|What if a frog and a fly switched bodies? {{eka|0406}}
Image:2257p.jpg|Dry and Wet (By the Pool) {{eka|0597}}
 
Image:3142u.jpg|Dry and Wet (In the Rain) {{eka|0597}}
 
Image:3161k.jpg|Dry and Wet (Washing the Dog) {{eka|0597}}
 
Image:Drywet.elephant.jpg|Dry and Wet (Elephant) {{eka|0597}}
 
Image:DryWet.manonbeach.jpg|Dry and Wet (At the Beach) {{eka|0597}}
 
 
Image:BirdBalloonSub.jpg| Balloon Subtraction {{eka|0597}}
 
Image:BirdBalloonSub.jpg| Balloon Subtraction {{eka|0597}}
Image:3141p.jpg|Dry and Wet (Shark Fishing) {{eka|0597}}
 
 
Image:1090-18.jpg|[[P]] for Picnic {{eka|0796}}
 
Image:1090-18.jpg|[[P]] for Picnic {{eka|0796}}
 
Image:300002.jpg|A Mouse and the Letter [[M]] {{eka|0813}}
 
Image:300002.jpg|A Mouse and the Letter [[M]] {{eka|0813}}
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Image:FullChickens.jpg|Full, fuller and fullest chickens {{eka|0897}}
 
Image:CRoberts.Mouseelephant.jpg|What if a mouse and an elephant switched bodies? {{eka|1044}}
 
Image:CRoberts.Mouseelephant.jpg|What if a mouse and an elephant switched bodies? {{eka|1044}}
 
Image:haroldhoward.jpg|Harold and Howard {{eka|1056}}
 
Image:haroldhoward.jpg|Harold and Howard {{eka|1056}}
 
Image:Anteatergiraffe.jpg|What if an Anteater Mutated into a Giraffe? {{eka|1156}}
 
Image:Anteatergiraffe.jpg|What if an Anteater Mutated into a Giraffe? {{eka|1156}}
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Image:Wearaseatbelt.jpg|Wear Your Seat Belt {{eka|1446}}
 
Image:1708i.jpg|The Post Office {{eka|1708}}
 
Image:1708i.jpg|The Post Office {{eka|1708}}
Image:FullChickens.jpg|Full, fuller and fullest chickens {{eka|1885}}
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Image:1710n.jpg|Alphabet Interruption {{eka|1710}}
Image:IThoughtaBigThought.jpg|I Thought a Big Thought {{eka|2313}}
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Image:CRoberts.Horse.jpg|[[H]] for Horse and other things {{eka|1927}}
Image:Thought.circles.jpg|I Thought a Thought About Circles {{eka|2500}}
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Image:Hineighbor.jpg|Letter [[N]] Salesman {{eka|2283}}
 
Image:Stopjuggling.jpg|Stop Juggling {{eka|2773}}
 
Image:Stopjuggling.jpg|Stop Juggling {{eka|2773}}
Image:Robertsmen.jpg
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CRoberts-Jellybeans.jpg|Boy and Jellybeans
Image:Appleflash.jpg
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Image:CFesqueAWords.jpg
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4115x.jpg
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Tisfortrash.jpg
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L.Lizard.CliffRoberts.jpg
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
   
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*[http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkvision/sets/72157594296374368/ Sample illustrations from The First Book of Jazz]
 
*[http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkvision/sets/72157594296374368/ Sample illustrations from The First Book of Jazz]
 
* [http://fun-all-around.blogspot.com/2006/01/cliff-roberts.html Early work for FORD TIMES magazine]
 
* [http://fun-all-around.blogspot.com/2006/01/cliff-roberts.html Early work for FORD TIMES magazine]
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Latest revision as of 02:06, October 28, 2019

Cliffroberts

Cliff Roberts, ca. 1950s

Cliff Roberts strip SSmag June73

Sesame Street Magazine June 1973.

Cliff Roberts (1929-1999) was a cartoonist and animator who worked on inserts for Sesame Street as well as the spin-off comic strip and Sesame Street Magazine.

Roberts spent much of his early career in New York City as a freelance commercial artist and director. He also worked as a photographer, with work displayed at the 1964 World's Fair, and contributed cartoons to Playboy and The New Yorker. He soon became a popular designer for animation, creating character model sheets for Terrytoons and UPA projects. Roberts' style, reflecting his commercial illustration background, involved flat but appealing forms and a minimal color palette; most of his characters were white blobs with occasional splashes of color.

For Sesame Street, Roberts created Jasper and Julius, two characters who would engage in debates over body parts, as well as Christopher Clumsy. These characters were brought over to Roberts' Sesame Street strip, alongside Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster.

Roberts later worked on the Saturday morning cartoons The Smurfs, Scooby-Doo and The Pink Panther, and illustrated the Langston Hughes book The First Book of Jazz. He retired in 1993.

SketchesEdit

see also: Poverty Pictures segments

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