Cliff Roberts (1929 - 1999) was a cartoonist & animator who worked on inserts for SESAME STREET as well as the spin-off comic strip & SESAME STREET Magazine. Roberts spent much of his early career in New York City as a freelance commercial artist & director. He also worked as a photographer, with work displayed at the 1964 World’s Fair, & contributed cartoons to Playboy & The New Yorker. He soon became a popular designer for animation, creating character model sheets for Terrytoons & UPA projects. Roberts' style, reflecting his commercial illustration background, involved flat but appealing forms & a minimal color palette; most of his characters were white blobs with occasional splashes of color.
For SESAME STREET, Roberts created Jasper & Julius, 2 characters who would engage in debates over body parts, as well as Christopher Clumsy. These characters were brought over to Roberts' official SESAME STREET strip, alongside BIG BIRD, OSCAR THE GROUCH & Cookie Monster.
- See also: Poverty Pictures segments
- Bio with SESAME STREET comic images
- Sample illustrations from The First Book of Jazz
- Early work for FORD TIMES magazine
- Cliff Roberts for the Muppet Wiki
- Cliff Roberts for the OSCAR THE GROUCH Wiki
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