Tex Avery is considered the father of screwball animation and one of the most influential animators of all time. He created or perfected many classic characters such as Bugs Bunny, Chilly Willy, Daffy Duck, Droopy, and Elmer Fudd. While directing cartoons at Warner Bros., MGM, and Walter Lantz Productions, he was nominated six times for an Academy Award. Avery's unique style was based on the idea that the artist could do anything in a cartoon and that cartoons did not have to be based in reality. Known for his inventiveness and comic timing, Avery forged a legacy that continues to influence animators today. Tex Avery illustrates this animation pioneer's life and, career, his inspirations, and his lasting effect on the animation world.
Animated cartoons have brought joy, laughter, and excitement to countless audiences ever since this lively art first flickered onto movie screens in the early 20th century. Today many classic animated characters are known and loved around the world, and the animators who created them are imitated and admired. The LEGENDS OF ANIMATION series tells the life stories of the amazing artists who built and shaped the animation industry, created some of animation's most enduring characters and stories, and influenced the technology of animation.
Table of Contents
1 The Birth of a Cartoon Revolutionary 11
2 Unleashing the Lunacy at Warner Bros. 22
3 plain Daffy 31
4 Falling Off a Cartoon Cliff 45
5 Roaring Back at MGM 56
6 Screwball with a Purpose 72
7 One Last Splash of Buffoonery 100
Selected Resources 113
Selected Bibliography 117
About the Author 125