Isadore ('Friz') Freleng, the leading director of 'Looney Tunes' and 'Merry Melodies' cartoons, grew up in Kansas City. He left for Hollywood in the 1920s to join Walt Disney studios. Fritz was the creator of the first 'Looney Tunes' cartoon short, 'Sinkin' in the Bathtub'. This cartoon featured a character vaguely modeled on Mickey Mouse. In 1937, Freleng moved to MGM, seduced by a higher salary, but in 1939 he returned to Warner. During World War II, he directed some well-known cartoons of the time, like 'Herr Meets Hare', and 'Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips'.
Friz Freleng's talent is best represented by his Oscar award-winning work. Of his work at Warner, he won awards for 'Tweety Pie' (1947), 'Speedy Gonzalez' (1955), 'Birds Anonymous' (1957) and 'Knighty Knight Bugs' (1958). During the 1960s, he formed DePatie-Freleng Enterprises along with David DePatie. Freleng created 'The Pink Panther' in 1963. Later, he won an Oscar for the animated short, 'The Pink Phink'. Freleng died on 26 May, 1995 in Los Angeles, California.