Our weekly look at a slice of life at the Warner Bros. Cartoon studio – this week circa 1957. These columns may not be as filled with exciting information on the production of our favorite cartoons as we’d like, the notices of weddings, birthday notices and bowling teams do allow us an intimate view at our favorite writers, artists, directors and designers. They were real people – just like us – who had jobs and families, were stuck in traffic and had tummy aches. Except, unlike us, they also seemed to be having the time of their lives making the funniest animated cartoons in Hollywood.
…And what better way to start the year than to screen The Three Little Bops!
Pics of Art Davis’ grandchildren; Tom Ray joins the McKimson unit (this month) – and smashes his hand (in March).
They must have had a screening of random recent and forthcoming releases as Else recommends Tweety and The Beanstalk, There They Go-Go-Go, and Wideo Wabbit. She’s probably aiming her recommendations at the whole of the Warner Bros. studio reading this in-house magazine – not towards the cartoon staff itself (who have probably seen these previously)…
Wow – I just visited Art and Shirley Leonardi last week (to record a Pink Panther commentary track) – here are their wedding photos! And Willie Ito is still alive and well and still attending cartoonist events here in LA. Both of them married while working at Warners in 1957.
Bugs Bunny once again tops the poll of most popular cartoon characters in the annual edition of FAME; Bob McKimson’s bowling team wins the championship; and a note is made in this column of an “exceptional” cartoon – What’s Opera Doc? At least the staff recognized it at the time…
And finally in June… an abbreviated column as Mike Maltese steps in to help out as Elsa has a medical emergency…
NEXT WEEK: 1957 (part 2)