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Friz Freleng

In an illustrious career that has spanned 63 years, Friz Freleng was
involved in nearly all aspects of animation. As a creator, director, and
producer, he created or contributed to many of the most memorable
and award-winning cartoons ever produced.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Freleng moved to Hollywood as Head
Animator of Warner Bros.'' "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies"
cartoons. He animated the first Warner Bros. cartoon ever release,
"Sinkin'' In the Bathtub" (1930) and directed his first cartoon, "Bosko in
Dutch" (1933).

Freleng remained at Warner Bros. for 33 years. During this time, he was
a major developer of Warner Bros. characters, producing and directing
over 300 cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and
others. In addition he created Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, and Sylvester.
Clearly evident in all of Freleng''s cartoons was a unique talent for
synchronizing the visual gag and the accompanying background music.
While at Warner Bros., Freleng was honored with Academy Awards for
the four shorts: "Tweetie Pie" (1947), Speedy Gonzales" (1955), "Birds
Anonymous" (1957) and "Knighty Knight Bugs" (1958); and he was
nominated for seven others.

In 1963, Freleng teamed up with David Depatie to form DePatie-Freleng
Enterprises, which produced shorts for Warner Bros. and became the
leading independent production company in the areas of animated film
production, television specials and commercials.

In 1980, Freleng became a Senior Executive Producer where he
produced three feature- length films incorporating his "classic"
animated shorts along with new animated sequences: "The Looney
Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie" (1981), "Bugs Bunny''s 1001 Rabbit
Tale?'' (1982), and "Daffy Duck''s Movie: Fantastic Island" (1983).

Freleng was the recipient of many prestigious awards: in 1981, he was
honored by both The American Film Institute and the British Film
Institute, with major retrospectives of his work. Also that year, the
Chicago International Film Festival presented him with their Hugo
Award for his lifetime contribution to the animation/film industry. In
1982, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences paid tribute to
him at a gala event that featured nine of his most famous cartoons. In
1985, the New York Museum of Modern Art honored Freleng as part of
their Golden Anniversary Salute to Warner Bros. Animation. In August,
1992, Freleng was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame.

Friz continued to be a major contributor to the art of animation until
his passing in May of 1995. Cities worldwide continue to honor Freleng
with film festivals, museum exhibitions and retrospectives.