We start 1961 with a nice year-end note from David DePatie that acknowledges the entry of the studio to television production. Meanwhile, John Burton teams with Mel Blanc to start Mel Blanc Productions; Bob Gribbbroek returns to work after a big automobile accident; and Hoppy Daze and Zip N’ Snort are screened and ready for release.
Here is the acknowledgment of the serious auto accident involving Mel Blanc. Jones, Freleng, McKimsom, Depatie and Orcutt were among his first visitors.
Acknowledgment of two Oscar nominees – Mouse and Garden and High Note; Robert McKimson Jr. (a reader of this website) gets married; and the cartoon division’s parking lot was turned into a set for the TV series Surfside 6 – the episode entitled Invitation To A Party. (If anyone has a video of this episode, I’d love to see it).
Mel Blanc leaves the hospital and has returned to record (It’s noted that he entered the hospital on January 24th). A barrage of fan mail is received by the studio in regards to The Bugs Bunny Show on TV… yep, the handwriting is on the wall (or on the tube).
Longtime employee Sandy Walker had a fire in his home; My friend (and grandson of Chuck Jones) Todd Kausen is born; and the Cartoon division’s parking lot now has a Bugs Bunny figure at the entrance/guard house (photo).
NEXT WEEK: More 1961