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Of course, when, Disney was making the Silly S…

Of course, when, Disney was making the Silly Symphonies, he was doing post-musical shorts, and so well-done, that what we were trying to do was do a little bit of the Disney in every cartoon.

I think what he [Friz Freleng] brought to Daff…

I think what he [Friz Freleng] brought to Daffy, in that period, was Daffy being thoroughly obnoxious. And I think that really was very very funny, because he wasn’t unappealing when he was doing it. And later, when Chuck hit on the “Rabbit Fire” trilogy, and the dynamic changed a little bit between Bugs and Daffy, Friz adopted that, because it seemed to get a lot of good character mileage. So now Daffy was the foil for Bugs always being the winner.

One day, Harry Warner and all the Warner Bros….

One day, Harry Warner and all the Warner Bros. people came out to meet over lunch with the cartoon directors. So we all set down, and harry Warner came in and sat down and we were all introduced. Harry says, “Ah, what do we make? I know we make Mickey Mouse, but what other things do we make?”. He really didn’t know. Cartoons for him were just something that went on in the back lot. He was more interested in the features, you know? He had bigger things on his mind than that. And when he thought of Mickey Mouse he figured, well, cartoons are Mickey Mouse, or something. I don’t know whether he really didn’t know or whether he just said that because it was supposed to be a funny joke. But I believe it was through ignorance of what animation was at that time. It was all new to them and it was just a by-product.

Everybody dislikes the boss. Do you know of an…

Everybody dislikes the boss. Do you know of anybody that doesn’t dislike their boss? Only the ones who are on top, who have been promoted to the top, like them. They hated Eddie Selzer because he knew nothing about animation. They hated Leon Schlesinger, they hated anybody who became their boss. But I didn’t hate’em, because I thought I was treated very well. I was treated as the senior director at Warners. I don’t know whether the others hated me or not, but naturally they didn’t tell me. But I think a certain amount of jealousy goes along with creative people like that, where everybody thinks a certain amount of jealousy goes along with creative people like that, where everybody thinks he’s the best and that somebody else has got his job. That goes on, I think, beyond animation.

I was tempted to go to MGM, it was about 1938,…

I was tempted to go to MGM, it was about 1938, when they opened up a cartoon studio, I thought it was gonna be like Schlesinger’s, just do your own thing. But it wasn’t that way at all. Once I went over to MGM, I knew it was a mistake, but I had to fullfill my contract. The minute it was up, I headed back to Warner Bros.. I was very happy to get back there, ha-ha.

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I like Show Biz Bugs, than any of the cartoons…

I like Show Biz Bugs, than any of the cartoons I did. Because I thought it brought out, Daffy Duck, more than it did Bugs. Bugs was just a secondary character in that really. It brought out the jealousy of Daffy Duck