Johnny Burton had surgery… whut’s up wit dat? Ruben Apodaca joins the staff as assistant animator. Bob Gribberoek got a 10k cooking prize – handed to him by James Gardner.
And so, John Burton retires – and David DePatie steps in with the immediate job of producing The Bugs Bunny Show for ABC in September. Jack L. Warner and Dave’s dad, E.L. DePatie, visit the studio, stating that the cartoon division will be the “focal point of studio management from now on, as a result of the increased television activity.” Mexicali Schmoes is nominated for an Oscar… and returning artists include Ben Schenkman, Ben Washam, Abe Levitow, Phil Monroe, Bob Matz and John Dunn.
The physical cartoon studio expands – the Bugs Bunny Show and TV commercials, along with the theatricals, will now be produced under one roof. Animators Alex Ignatiev and Keith Darling return to the studio. The first episode of The Bugs Bunny Show was completed and screened to the employees.
One item to note here: Treg Brown cuts off part of his finger… Ewwww!
NEXT WEEK: 1960 – part 2