A final word from Eddie Selzer… Sybil Freleng becomes the studio receptionist… and Lou Scheimer, Owen Fitzgerald and Sam Armstrong join the studio as layout men.
Eddie Selzer retires. John Burton takes over. Much ado about the Jack Benny spoof, The Mouse That Jack Built – and you can read more about that cartoon in this new post on Don Yowp’s blog.
Also in the February issue – this additional piece on the new Warner Bros. Commercial and Industrial Films Division, with eight photos of various personnel, including some familiar names. Those last years before closing (1958-1962) were extremely busy – no wonder Dave DePatie saw an opportunity to continue this business with Freleng as a partner afterward…
Chuck Jones presented a (his first?) fine art gallery show at the Cowie Gallery in the Biltmore Hotel. Apparently art critics from the LA Times attended the opening night (as did most of Jones unit – and Mel Blanc!). I wonder if the Jones art show was reviewed in the Times?
Chuck Jones and John Burton gave Jack M. Warner – the head of the US Army Signal Corps – a tour of the studio, screening several cartoons, commercials and those Jones Army recruitment films.
Celebrating their latest Oscar win, this time for Freleng’s Birds Anonymous; and honoring Jones for his 25 years. Interesting to note Jones is credited as “instrumental in the birth and growth of Porky Pig and Daffy Duck”…
This month is John Burton’s 25th year at the studio. Though an overview of his career includes mention of his work with “trick photography, matte shots, glass painting and miniatures, no reference is made of Hector The Pup.
NEXT WEEK: 1958 Part 2