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Behind the Tunes: Drawn to Life - The Art of Robert McKimson (2007)

A look at the career of Warner Bros. animator and director Robert McKimson.
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A look at the career of Warner Bros. animator and director Robert McKimson.

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30 October 2007 (USA)  »

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The Tasmanian Devil was created by a dude so "meek and mild" . . .
21 September 2016 | by (The Gutters of Baltimore) – See all my reviews

. . . that he was relegated to the third fiddle director's chair during the 1950s at Looney Tunes, DRAWN TO LIFE: THE ART OF ROBERT McKIMSON reveals. McKimson was Warner Bros.' only animator who worked continuously during the entire 33-year period that their Animation Division existed, Robert's son Bob, Jr. reveals. Bob, Jr. goes on to detail how his dad was churning out the standard 30 feet of film production weekly in his 1930s Pre-directorial Days until a mild concussion tripled his output to 90-feet-per-week. (Catching wind of this Miracle in Efficiency, car mogul Henry Ford soon hired ball bat wielding thugs to shadow "his" assembly line workers and up their production numbers as business conditions warranted.) After working under Warner's Big Three cartoon directors of the late 1930s (Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, and Frank Tashlin), McKimson joined Friz Freleng and Chuck Jones for the Looney Tuners final rush toward Oblivion. Besides Taz, Robert contributed Foghorn Leghorn to Warner's band of loudmouths. Apparently he died so early in the 1900s (39 years ago, actually) that no archival interview footage of Mr. McKimson exists.


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