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TEX AVERY Introduction

TEX AVERY Introduction

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Published by Fred Seibert
By Bill Hanna

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By Bill Hanna

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Published by: Fred Seibert on Aug 19, 2008
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TEX AVERY INTRODUCTION
 by Bill HannaRide sharing to work during World War II was an earnest civilian attempt to conservegas rations and assist with the national war effort. There were several people working atMGM living in the San Fernando Valley at the time, and a few of us decided to make the
 
daily trip across the Santa Monica Mountains to work together.Of the handful of folks who joined our little carpool unit every day, only Tex Avery and Iowned cars. Every morning, one of us set out and picked up the other and then made therounds collecting passengers.Any ride with Tex Avery, of course, was a cinch to be one of sidesplitting hysteria. Tex's backseat humor was as spontaneously zany as any of his wildest cartoons and often a lotracier. Tex exerted a tremendous professional influence over my career in animation.He was looked up to by just about everyone in the industry and was held in high regardas an exceptionally gifted animator and director. Although he was only a few yearsolder than myself, he had already established himself as a kind of prodigy in our  business with his distinctive style of exaggerated timing and direction of freneticmadcap
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cartoons at Warners. Like a lot of other pioneers in the cartoon business, Tex Avery remained a kind of unsung hero in our business for many years to just about everyone except his colleagues. But to me, he is one of the biggest personalities in cartoon folklore that ever lived.I admired Avery for his phenomenal sense of timing along with his imaginative flair for wild gags which combined to make his cartoons among the funniest ever produced in the business. Whenever time permitted, I would take the opportunity to run one of Avery'slatest cartoons and study it on the movieola, frame by frame, in order to hone my ownskills in timing.One of the best assets that Hanna-Barbera Studio ever produced for Joe and me was theopportunity to reunite with many of the veteran producers and animators with whom weworked back at MGM. Both Tex Avery and Friz Freleng joined us at H-B as directors of Saturday Morning cartoon shows, and the reunions with these guys, I'll tell you, really

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