Once again, we take a peek behind the scenes of the Warner Bros. Cartoon Department via the monthly columns in the in-house studio newsletter (courtesy of USC’s Ned Comstock).
Check out this exclusive holiday cover – by Hawley Pratt and Leslie Garcia. The Abe Levitow’s had a child… and it’s interesting to note the traffic nightmare Tedd Pierce faced from La Jolla back to Hollywood on a Sunday night — and this was decades before the San Diego Comic Con!
Robert Givens returns to the studio – and the cartoon unit celebrates its status as both #1 (Bugs Bunny) and #2 (Merrie Melodies) in exhibitor rankings in a new poll by Motion Picture Daily. I wonder how “Looney Tunes” ranked?
Mike Maltese fills in as columnist this month. Harry Love gets a nose bleed (which becomes inspiration for an explosion special effect), Roberta Levitow is born, Linda Jones misspells the word “sentimental” – and the ink and paint gals go skiing at Snowcrest.
Robert Gribbroek leaves the studio to live in New Mexico, and Phil DeGuard’s daughter apparently does some square dancing in the Jerry Colona feature Kentucky Jubilee (a Lippert Film).
Maurice Noble and Carlos Manriquez join the Jones unit; apparently Tedd Pierce (and “Bugs Bunny”) made a personal appearance and sign autographs at a drive-in movie theatre in Bell Gardens (a suburb of L.A.); Gift Wrapped, Little Beau Pepe and Oily Hare were screened by the staff 8-to-12 months before their respective release dates!
R.I.P. Rollin “Ham” Hamilton – he passes away this month from a heart attack.
Great staged photo of Treg Brown at work… and no wonder Warren Foster wrote so many good Tweety pictures – he has a pet parakeet.
Where the staff spent their summer vacations.
Maltese returns to report on Noel Blanc’s Bar Mitzvah; Super Snooper and Bird In a Guilty Cage were screened (“sneak previewed”) in Hollywood eight and twelve months in advance of their official theatrical release; and Treg Brown did square dance calling on a You Asked For It segment (would love to find a kinescope of THAT!). Most interesting is a notation here of the studio cooperating with the State Department – by taking a ton of photos, of every department, production art, every phase of cartoon production – for an exhibit to be mounted in US Embassies in every foreign country. Where is this material today?
NEXT WEEK: 1952 & 1953