Warner Club News apparently came out at the end of the previous dated month – thus the first notice that Leon Schlesinger is ill (he passes away on December 25th, 1949); and the staff looking forward to the annual Christmas party. A test reel for Hillbilly Hare – the square dance cartoon – is screened and deemed a “must-see”; and there is detail here about how the studio picked which cartoons would be submitted to the Academy for nominee conderation.
More about the process of submitting a potential cartoon for Oscar consideration. Spoiler Alert: Chuck Jones’ For Scent-imental Reasons and So Much For So Little get nominated – and win! More square dancing talk; Bob Wickersham is welcomed to the studio, and Hope Freleng has tonsillitis!
More square dancing – and Bugs Bunny is Number #1!
MORE square dancing – and Chuck Jones threw a party to celebrate the Oscar wins.
Eugene Poddany replaced Carl Stalling for a month or two while Stalling recovered from a brain surgery operation.
Paul Julian is leaving (for UPA?) and so is Phil Monroe… Irv Weiner(sic)(Wyner) joins the staff and Ben Washam returns…
Could this column contain the first mis-spelling of Freleng’s first name — as Fritz? Probably not, but here it is.
Phil DeGuard’s daughter Kathy appeared (as a regular) on the Leo Carrillo TV show. Never heard of the TV show. Perhaps a local live talk show in Hollywood?