A friend of mine who works for Variety challenged me to list as many cartoons I can think of that the famed Hollywood trade publication appeared in. After thinking about it a little, off the top of my head I remembered Chuck Jones’ Nelly’s Folly (1961), Friz Freleng’s A Hare Grow In Manhattan (1947), Seymour Kneitel’s Symphony In Spinach (1948), Isadore Sparber’s Finnegan’s Flea (1958) and Hal Seeger’s Muggy-Doo Boy Cat (1963).
The idea of compiling such a list sounded like fun… so much so, I’ve decided to open it up to the smartest animation historians I know: the readers of Cartoon Research. If you know of any other classic Hollywood cartoon shorts – or features (no, Variety is not in Dumbo) – or TV cartoons before 1975 (I don’t care if its in The Simpsons or Family Guy), let me know in the Comments below.
There are no prizes or monetary rewards for this – its just one of those little things that needs to be known, listed somewhere, for future reference. If you can contribute to the list, I’d appreciate it.