When I first started this blog, I was trying to up my Adobe skills while going through a massive Archie Comics phase. Some of the first posts I made were aesthetic mood boards, reimagining some classic Archie babes and the Josie and the Pussycats gang through the lens of 2016/2017 fashion.
It’s been almost a year since I made those first boards, and I think that I am making visible improvements! I promised (slash threatened) to make more Archie ladies, but I am taking a bit of a break from making more of those due to post-Riverdale large-stream-of-similar-content fatigue.
For this post, I’m channeling another childhood classic: the women of Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Growing up, Hanna-Barbera cartoons from the 60s and 70s were always playing in my household. I remember getting stuffed animals of Dino and Pebbles from The Flintstones for Christmas when I was about three years old, and I would often watch the same VHS tape of The Jetsons visiting the fabulous Las Venus, Nevada with my mom and dad.
Despite the apparent cheap quality and corner-cutting production value of many of their toons, I really dig the retro aesthetic of Hanna-Barbera productions, especially their character designs. Today I’ve picked three of the most stylish women in the Hanna-Barbera lineup to pay homage to. Enjoy!
Penelope Pitstop, Wacky Races // The Perils of Penelope Pitstop
Originally inspired by Natalie Wood in 1965’s The Great Race, Penelope Pitstop was the token girl of the Wacky Races cast of characters. Never seen without white go-go boots or cat-eye racing goggles, Penelope can be found dodging kidnappers trying to steal her inheritance when she isn’t competing for the title of World’s Wackiest Racer. Her pink convertible, nicknamed The Compact Pussycat, features buttons on the dashboard that allow robot arms to apply lipstick and mascara for her when she’s on the go.
This mood board is heavily influenced by Penelope’s classic, colorful mod girl aesthetic from her original incarnations, save for the giant set of lips affixed to the front of the original Compact Pussycat.
Daphne Blake, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Of the three women featured in this post, Daphne is by far the most recognizable character in the bunch, as Scooby-Doo has been on the air in various iterations for nearly 50 years. Originally cast in more of a damsel in distress type of role, modern incarnations show her to be a talented investigator and a valuable member of the Mystery Inc. team.
Daphne has always been recognized as the fashionable member of the crew, usually sporting head-to-toe purple. With pastel lavender being on trend, I wanted to update the usage of her signature color for 2017. This version of Daphne is slightly preppy, to hearken back to her wealthy upbringing, but is still practical and subdued enough for lurking around haunted manors with your friends and your great dane under cover of darkness without getting busted.
Judy Jetson, The Jetsons
Man, I miss when futuristic fiction wasn’t centered around gloomy dystopias! Heavily influenced by mid-century modern Googie aesthetics, the universe created in The Jetsons was everything that I hoped the future would be as a little girl. This series was one of my absolute favorites in my childhood, and Judy was my favorite character. A typical teenage girl, Judy’s hobbies include speaking into her digital diary, taking the family aerocar to the mall, and dating intergalactic rock stars.
I tried staying as true to the retro-futuristic feel of the series when creating this mood board. The clothing in Judy’s outfit might not be as flashy as it is on TV, because nobody wears giant protruding triangle-shaped collars in their daily life, but a futuristic touch is still added with a metallic pink lip. Atmospheric elements include real life examples of Googie aesthetics, including the La Concha Inn in Las Vegas (or should I say Las Venus?), which now serves as the entryway for the Neon Museum & Boneyard, where all of The Strip’s classic signage is available to see.
I am really enjoying revisiting and reimagining my childhood favorites with you all, and am hoping to do more similar mood boards soon. Until then, if you’re looking for some more retro cartoon fun, check out this 1995 Saturday morning cartoon-themed featurette I stumbled across on YouTube a while back. Hosted by Drew Barrymore and her wacky roommates, this collection of music videos features artists ranging from Ramones to Liz Phair covering your favorite Saturday morning cartoon theme songs, featuring several Hanna-Barbera jams.