Van Boring, by Frank Tashlin

Frank Tashlin was one of the prominent animators at Warner Bros. in the 1940s. His cartoons rank among the best 'Looney Tunes' and 'Merrie Melodies' shorts that came from the Leon Schlesinger Studios in the early 1940s. He worked among such talents as Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng and Bob McKimson. Tashlin has also worked at MGM, and as a story director at the Disney Studios. He left the animation industry in 1946, and went to work for live action movies.

He did the screenplays of such films as 'The Paleface' (1948), 'The Good Humor Man' (1950) and 'Cinderfella' (1960), and was writer, producer and director of the comedies 'The Girl Can't Help It' (1956) and 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?' (1957). He has also made several comedies with actor Jerry Lewis. Tashlin couldn't hide his background in cartoons, since many of his comedies contain cartoony gags.

In the 1930s, he worked as a magazine and newspaper cartoonist. He drew the comic strip 'Van Boring' using the pen name Tish Tash from 1934 to 1936. The strip was sometimes a single panel, sometimes a true comic strip made up of three or four panels. Tashlin was furthermore the author of a couple of satirical books, with illustrations by himself: 'The Bear That Wasn't' (1946), 'The Possum That Didn't' (1950) and 'The World That Isn't' (1951).

The Bear That Wasn't
The Bear That Wasn't

Interview with Frank Tashlin

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