Porky Pig by Fritz Freleng

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' (1936). This cartoon featured a character vaguely modeled on Mickey Mouse. In 1937, Freleng moved to MGM, seduced by a higher salary. He he returned to Warners in 1939, where he continued to work alongside Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Frank Tashlin and Bob McKimson. During World War II, he directed some well-known (propaganda) cartoons of the time, like 'Herr Meets Hare' (1945) and 'Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips' (1944).

Friz Freleng's talent is best represented by his Oscar award-winning work. Of his work at Warners, he won awards for 'Tweety Pie' (1947), 'Speedy Gonzales' (1955), 'Birds Anonymous' (1957) and 'Knighty Knight Bugs' (1958). Among his other famous works are 'Pigs is Pigs' (1937), 'You Ought To Be In Pictures' (1940), 'Pigs in a Polka' (1943), 'Daffy- The Commando' (1943), 'Little Red Riding Rabbit' (1944), 'Baseball Bugs' (1946), 'High Diving Hare' (1949), 'Canned Feud' (1950) en 'The Three Little Bops' (1957). Although he made many films with 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Daffy Duck', Freleng is mostly associated with the characters 'Tweety and Sylvester' and 'Speedy Gonzales'.

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, 1964's 'The Pink Phink'. Freleng died on 26 May 1995 in Los Angeles, California.

Drawing by Friz Freleng

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