Willy Ito Jr. studied at Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles. He worked in the animation field for a long time; he was an inbetweener at Disney on 'Lady and the Tramp', worked as a layout artist on Warner Bros' 'Bugs Bunny' cartoons between 1955 and 1961, and then became a layout artist on many Hanna-Barbera cartoons until 1977. During the 1960s, he drew Hanna-Barbera comics for Western Publishing. He did pencils on Christmas specials for the Disney Studios in 1977 and 1983-85. He assisted Selby Kelly on the 'Pogo' strip in 1974-75 and Sparky Moore on 'Winnie the Pooh' in the 1980s.
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