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Friz Freleng
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    (August 21, 1906-May 26, 1995)
    Birth name is Isadore Freleng
    Directed Speedy Gonzales and Tweety & Sylvester cartoons for Warner Brothers (some as I. Freleng), ‘Three Little Bops’ and several Pink Panther cartoons
    Director of ‘Friz Freleng's Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie' (1981)
    Academy Award Winner for ‘Speedy Gonzales' (1955) and ‘Tweetie Pie' (1947)
    Formed DFE Films with David H. DePatie
    He admitted to creating the Yosemite Sam character to reflect his appearance and temperament (except that Sam didn't go bald on top).
    He was only 5'4 in height.
    The first cartoon he can remember directing was ‘Bosko in Dutch' (1933).
    His tenure at the MGM studio in the late 30s consisted mainly of work on The Captain and the Kids (read, Katzenjammer).
    His animation career covered eight different decades and all major Looney Tunes characters.
    He headed one of the early Disney units (1920s).
    He was promoted to director after his ex-Disney colleagues left the new Warner studios in a contract dispute. That status became permanent.
    He hired Chuck Jones as an animator for what would later become part of the Warner studio.
    Despite an unsuccessful tenure at MGM, his influence did extend to William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

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