Only missing February and June this year – and we only have January because a xerox of it was stuck to the reverse side of a frame in Tom Brakefield’s Jean Blanchard archive of caricatures (posted last week).
According to this January column, Warner’s submitted Buccaneer Bunny, Tweetie Pie, Hop Look and Listen and Scardy Cat for an Academy Award nomination. Only Tweety made the cut – and won!
Sorry I don’t have a larger version of this month’s column – you’ll have to squint like I did to read about Michael Maltese’s roach party – and much about Hawley Pratt…
Apparently Jean Blanchard left the studio to write a book – and Treg Brown takes over the chores for the rest of the year – on Mr. Selzer’s orders. Much about the background of Carl Stalling here – noting his first cartoon was Galloping Gaucho and tying together the Kansas City roots of Stalling, Freleng and Disney.
Beyond the fantastic cover image the cartoon studio provided, this month Tedd waxes on about the joys of visiting the all-female ink and Paint department; and tells us of Gerry Chiniquy who went to Fairfax High School in Hollywood – and co-starred with Baby Peggy in silent films!
Eddie Selzer receives the Oscar from Shirley Temple. Phil DeGaurd also has history with Baby Peggy; and here’s a name I hadn’t heard before: Florence Finkelhor, the head of the ink & paint department.
Meet the Assistant Supervisor of the Ink and Paint Department: Ruth Cavert!
Phil Monroe get a “thumbnail sketch” this month; and the Chuck Jones animators become the beach ball team from Pimento University!
Much ado about Ed Selzer… among the nuggets: Selzer was supposed to start an animation department for Warner Bros. in 1930 – but that got derailed (could Selzer have had anything to do with Buster Bear?). Selzer was in charge of titles ands trailers for Warner Bros. (and all publicity) in the 1930s. Irv Spector flew in from New York to visit the Warner Studio and his old friends there… Maltese and Foster got advance copies of their Capitol Bugs Bunny records.
All about cameraman Ken Moore, who started at Iwerks and did camera on Snow White before joining Warner Bros. And Linda Jones finds a note in a bottle.
All about Ed Selzer’s assistant Helen Braver.
All about inbetweener Jack Phillips. Ben Hardaway returns to the studio as a story man for Freleng. Most interesting is the notice of Alan Pakula joining the staff as John Burton’s assistant. Pakula would later go onto greater success and fame as producer of To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) and later the director of such big films as All The President’s Men (1976) and Sophie’s Choice (1982)!