You know you really love Warner Bros. cartoons if you read these columns each week and imagine yourself back in the 1950s, working at the studio and enjoying all the gossip written about here. I’m one of those who do. I know, I know – some of this stuff is so “off-topic” as to what we care about – but these “What’s Up, Doc?” columns bring the artists to life as real people, and we get a good feel for the animators, writers, inkers, painters – and even receptionists – who actually brought these cartoon classics into the world.
1959 may not have been a banner year for Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, but at least in this first column we find out about Ben Washam’s $5 loaf of bread. And in the cute “Ode To St, Nick” a question emerges: Was “Beep Beep” the studio’s actual ‘character name’ for The Road Runner?
Phil DeGuard came up with a clever idea for flash bulbs, The Mouse That Jack Built is released – and Art Leonardi and Willie Ito become fathers! Happy Father’s Day, gents!
The staff is proud that Knighty Knight Bugs has been nominated for an Oscar – and crossing their fingers for a win. Michael Maltese is noted as an “ex-Warnerite” at a stag party held at Sorrento’s.
Nice little bio of Mel Blanc. One question: It says Mel does the voice of The Cisco Kid on Television. Did he? Or did she mean on radio? And even then…wasn’t he the sidekick, Pancho?
NEXT WEEK: 1959 Part 2