1906 - 1995
In an illustrious career that spanned 62 years, Friz Freleng was involved in nearly every aspect of animation. As a creator, director and producer, Freleng has created or contributed to many of the most memorable and award-winning cartoons in animation history. He began at Warner Bros. in 1930 after coming from Disney, and garnered his first screen credit on "Sinkin' In The Bathtub," which was Warner Bros.' first cartoon.
Freleng remained at Warner Bros. for 33 years (Except for a two year stint at MGM, where he organized a new animation department). During this time he was a major developer of Warner Bros. characters, producing and directing over 300 cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester and others. Clearly evident in all of Freleng's cartoons was a unique talent for synchronizing the visual gag and the accompanying background music. Additionally, Freleng's modifications to such Warner Bros. mainstay characters as Sylvester and Tweety has been so successful, the studio has not been compelled to change the characters ever since. While at Warner Bros. Freleng was honored with four Academy Awards, and nominated for seven others.
In 1963, Freleng teamed up with David DePatie to form DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, which in addition to Warner Bros. cartoon shorts, also produced the Pink Panther series, which first appeared in the opening titles of the Blake Edwards motion pictures of the same name. The DePatie-Freleng venture paid off handsomely by winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject. DePatie-Freleng Enterprises also created "The Inspector," "The Ant and the Aardvark," and "The Texas Toads," among others. Freleng returned to Warner Bros. in 1980 as a Senior Executive Producer, where along with new animated sequences, he produced three feature length animated films composed of his classic shorts. Of these were "The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Movie," (1981), "Bugs Bunny Rabbit Tales," (1982), and "Daffy Duck's Movie - Fantastic Island" (1983).