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Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1906[1]May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. He introduced and/or developed several of the studio's biggest stars, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the cat, Yosemite Sam (to whom he was said to bear more than a passing resemblance) and Speedy Gonzales. The senior director at Warners' Termite Terrace studio, Freleng is also the most honored of the Warners directors, having won four Academy Awards. After Warners shut down the animation studio in 1963, Freleng and business partner David DePatie founded DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, which produced cartoons (notably The Pink Panther Show), feature film title sequences, and Saturday morning cartoons through the early 1980s. August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... May 26 is the 146th day of the year (147th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ... Merrie Melodies end title Merrie Melodies is the name of a series of animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. ... A cartoon is any of several forms of illustrations with varied meanings that evolved from its original meaning. ... Warner Bros. ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning fictional animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... Porky Pig is an Academy Award-nominated animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... For other meanings of words and phrases starting with tweet, see tweet. ... Sylvester in Tweety and the Beanstalk. ... For the shortwave radio station, see Yosemite Sam (shortwave). ... For the Speedy Gonzales song, see Pat Boone. ... Termite Terrace is the nickname for an old building on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA where Looney Tunes were created frm 1935 to 1937. ... This class was known as Short Subjects, cartoons from 1932 until 1970, and as Short Subjects, animated films from 1971 to 1973. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... David DePatie worked with Friz Freleng to create the animated character known as the Pink Panther. ... DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (sometimes abbreviated to DFE) was a Hollywood-based animation production company, active from 1963 to 1981. ... The Pink Panther Show is a showcase of United Artists animated cartoons from the 1960s and 1970s. ... Saturday morning cartoon is the colloquial term for the animated television programming which was typically scheduled on Saturday mornings on the major American television networks from the 1960s to the 1990s. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...

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Early career

Freleng was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where he began his career in animation at Walt Disney Pictures. He worked alongside other early animators, including Carmen Maxwell, Ub Iwerks, Hugh Harman, and Rudy Ising. Freleng accompanied Walt Disney to Hollywood, California, where they worked on Disney's Alice Comedies and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit films for producers Margaret Winkler and Charles Mintz. Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jefferson City Largest city Kansas City Largest metro area St Louis Metro[1] Area  Ranked 21st  - Total 69,709 sq mi (180,693 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 300 miles (480 km)  - % water 1. ... Walt Disney Pictures logo (2006-present) Walt Disney Pictures refers to several different entities associated with The Walt Disney Company: // Walt Disney Pictures, the film banner, was established as a designation in 1983, prior to which Disney films since the death of Walt Disney were released under the name of... Carmen Max Maxwell was an American animator and voice actor from Kansas City, Missouri. ... A publicity photograph (circa 1929) of Ub Iwerks and his most famous co-creation, Mickey Mouse. ... Hugh Harman (1908–1982) and Rudolf Rudy Ising (1903–1992) were animators best known for founding the Warner Bros. ... Hugh Harman (1908–1982) and Rudolf Rudy Ising (1903–1992) were animators best known for founding the Warner Bros. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The Alice Comedies are a series of animated cartoons created by Walt Disney, in which a real little girl named Alice and an animated cat named Julius have adventures in an animated landscape. ... An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit movie poster from 1927. ... Margaret J. Winkler (or M. J. Winkler, the name she used to survive in the sexist world of American movie-making) was one of the key figures in silent animation history, having a crucial role to play in the histories of Max and Dave Fleischer, Pat Sullivan Otto Messmer and... Charles B. Mintz was an American film producer and distributor, who took control over Margaret J. Winklers Winkler Pictures after marrying her in 1924. ...


Freleng soon teamed up with Harman and Ising to try to create their own studio. The trio produced a pilot film starring a new Mickey Mouse-like character named Bosko. Looking at unemployment if the cartoon failed to generate interest, Freleng moved to New York City to work on Mintz' Krazy Kat cartoons, all the while still trying to sell the Harman-Ising Bosko picture. The cartoon finally sold to Leon Schlesinger, who soon secured Harman and Ising to star Bosko in the Looney Tunes series he was producing for Warner Bros. Freleng soon moved back to California to work with Harman and Ising once again. Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ... Bosko Poster from 1930 Bosko is an animated cartoon character created by animators Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising. ... “New York, NY” redirects here. ... Krazy Kat is a comic strip created by George Herriman that appeared in U.S. newspapers between 1913 and 1944. ... Leon Schlesinger (1884 - December 25, 1949) was a producer at the Warner Bros. ... Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ... Warner Bros. ...


Freleng as director

Harman and Ising left Schlesinger's studio over disputes about budgets in 1933. Schlesinger was left with no experienced directors and so promoted Freleng. The young animator would prove an able director, and he introduced the studio's first post-Bosko star, Porky Pig, in the 1935 film I Haven't Got a Hat. The film is notable for being one of the earliest examples of characterization in a cartoon. Porky is not the boring, cookie-cutter hero like Bosko or his replacement, Buddy; he is distinctive, and therefore, memorable. 1933 (MCMXXXIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Porky Pig is an Academy Award-nominated animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Porky Pig, in his first Looney Tunes appearance, and Oliver Owl, from the opening titles of I Havent Got a Hat. ... Buddy is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ...


MGM

In 1937, Freleng was moved away from Schlesinger and joined the fledgling MGM cartoon studio headed by Fred Quimby. To Freleng's chagrin, he found he would be working on a series called The Captain and the Kids, a version of the popular comic strip The Katzenjammer Kids. The series failed to achieve much success, much as Freleng had predicted—though skillfully animated, the characters could not compete with the "funny animals" that pervaded at the time. Freleng happily returned to Warner Bros. when his contract ended in 1940. 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Frederick C. Quimby (November 14, 1883 - September 16, 1965) was the producer of the MGM animated cartoon division, which most notably included the Tom and Jerry team of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. ... ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... “The Captain and the Kids” redirects here. ... Bugs Bunny, a typical funny animal character Funny animal is a cartooning term for the genre of comics and animated cartoons in which the main characters are humanoid or talking animals. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Directorial achievements

Knighty Knight Bugs

Schlesinger's hands-off attitude toward his animators allowed Freleng to create several hilarious shorts, such as 1940's You Ought to Be in Pictures in which a fast-talking Daffy Duck talks Porky Pig into quitting Warner Bros. to find work elsewhere. Freleng and his fellow animators kept pace with Disney's technical superiority by making their cartoons funnier and zanier than anything anyone had seen before (although, as was common at the time, a number of Freleng's cartoons include racist themes derived from the blackface minstrel show, anti-Japanese propaganda, and the like). Freleng's style quickly matured, and he became a master of comic timing. He also introduced or redesigned a number of famous Warner characters, including Yosemite Sam in 1945, the cat-and-bird duo, Sylvester and Tweety in 1947, and Speedy Gonzales in 1955. Image File history File links Knighty_Knight_Bugs. ... Image File history File links Knighty_Knight_Bugs. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... You Ought to Be in Pictures is a 1940 Warner Bros. ... Daffy, as Duck Dodgers, faces off against Marvin the Martian in the 1953 short Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, a parody of Buck Rogers. ... This reproduction of a 1900 minstrel show poster, originally published by the Strobridge Litho Co. ... Detail from cover of The Celebrated Negro Melodies, as Sung by the Virginia Minstrels, 1843 The minstrel show, or minstrelsy, was an American entertainment consisting of comic skits, variety acts, dancing, and music, performed by white people in blackface or, especially after the American Civil War, African Americans in blackface. ... Comic timing is use of rhythm and tempo to enhance comedy and humor. ... For the shortwave radio station, see Yosemite Sam (shortwave). ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Sylvester J. Pussycat Senior is a fictional cat who appears in several Looney Tunes cartoons, often chasing Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzalez, or Hippety Hopper. ... For other meanings of words and phrases starting with tweet, see tweet. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... For the Speedy Gonzales song, see Pat Boone. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Freleng and Chuck Jones would dominate the Warner Bros. studio in the years after World War II, Freleng largely confining himself to these few characters and Bugs Bunny. Freleng also continued to produce modernized versions of the musical comedies he animated in his early career, such as The Three Little Bops (1957) and Pizzacato Pussycat (1955). Freleng won four Oscars during his time at Warner Bros., for the films Tweetie Pie (1947), Speedy Gonzales (1955), Knighty Knight Bugs (1958) and Birds Anonymous (1957). Chuck Jones in 1976 Charles Martin Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning fictional animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... Three Little Bops is a 1957 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Friz Freleng, with voices by Stan Freberg and music by a jazz group including Shorty Rogers. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... First pairing of Tweety and Sylvester. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... For the Speedy Gonzales song, see Pat Boone. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A still from Knighty Knight Bugs. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Birds Anonymous is a 1957 Warner Bros. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Post-Warner Bros.

After the Warners studio closed in 1963, Freleng rented the space to create cartoons with producer Dave DePatie. When Warner Bros decided to reopen their cartoon studio in 1964, they did so in name only; DePatie-Freleng produced the cartoons into 1966. Image File history File links The Pink Panther from the Region 2 DVD The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection, released in 2004 by MGM Home Ent. ... Image File history File links The Pink Panther from the Region 2 DVD The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection, released in 2004 by MGM Home Ent. ... The Pink Panther is a series of comedy films featuring the bumbling French police detective Jacques Clouseau. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... David Hudson DePatie (born 1935 in New Mexico, USA), worked with Friz Freleng to create the animated character known as The Pink Panther, originally created for the opening tiles of the 1963 live-action film The Pink Panther, starring Peter Sellers. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...


While much of Freleng's post-Warner work was relatively unremarkable Saturday morning cartoon fare, his signature achievement was The Pink Panther. DePatie-Freleng Enterprises was commissioned to create the opening sequence to the film The Pink Panther, for which Freleng created a suave, cool cat. The character grew so popular that Freleng brought him back in 1964 with The Pink Phink, which won an Academy Award. Freleng responded by making a series of Pink Panther shorts for release by United Artists. (See The Pink Panther Show). Saturday morning cartoon is the colloquial term for the animated television programming which was typically scheduled on Saturday mornings on the major American television networks from the 1960s to the 1990s. ... The Pink Panther cartoon character is the protagonist and main character in a series of animated short films. ... DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (sometimes abbreviated to DFE) was a Hollywood-based animation production company, active from 1963 to 1981. ... The Pink Panther cartoon character. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Pink Phink, released on December 18, 1964, was the first Pink Panther animated short released by United Artists and produced at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. ... The current United Artists logo (a variant was used during the 1980s). ... The Pink Panther Show is a showcase of United Artists animated cartoons from the 1960s and 1970s. ...


By 1967, DePatie and Freleng had moved their operations to the San Fernando Valley. One of their projects featured Bing Crosby and his family called, Goldilocks and had songs by the Sherman Brothers. At their new facilities they continued to produce new cartoons until 1980. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... San Fernando Valley from southwestern edge. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Goldilocks was a musical animation film produced strictly for television in 1970 and first viewed in either 1970 or 1971. ... Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman at the London Palladium in 2002 during the premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Stage Musical. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


Later career

Freleng later served as an executive producer on a series of 1980s Looney Tunes movies that linked together several of the classic shorts. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ...


Freleng died of natural causes in 1995 at age 89. He was interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, in Culver City, California. ... Motto: The Heart of Screenland Location of Culver City in California Coordinates: Country United States of America State California County Los Angeles Incorporated (city) 1917-09-07 [2] Government  - City Manager Jerry Fulwood [1] Area  - City  5. ...


Trivia

  • A caricature of Freleng can be seen in Chuck Jones' 1952 short The Hasty Hare. Freleng appears as "I. Frisby", the head of Shalomar Observatory.
  • You Ought to Be in Pictures was actually based on Friz leaving Warners for MGM.Freleng thought he whould be better off at MGM and found out he wasn't able to have the creative freedom he did at Warners. After only a year,Freleng left MGM.

The Hasty Hare is a 1952 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Bugs Bunny. ... You Ought to Be in Pictures is a 1940 Warner Bros. ...

Notes

  1. ^ His exact year of birth varies by source; some give 1905, others 1906. The year chosen here is that of his grave marker. See Isadore "Friz" Freleng at findagrave.com.

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Friz Freleng - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (872 words)
Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1905–May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. He introduced several of the studio's biggest stars, including Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, and Speedy Gonzalez.
Freleng was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where he began his career in animation at Walt Disney Pictures.
Freleng made a series of Pink Panther shorts, and in 1969 successfully transitioned the character to television.
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