The Man with the Frizzy Hair

By | Aug 21, 2009

The name Friz Freleng may not mean much to many people but the characters that he worked with throughout the 40s and 50s are known by all. Who doesn’t know Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the cat, Yosemite Sam? Friz Freleng was involved with their creation or growth.

Isadore Freleng was born August 21, 1906 in Kansas City, Missouri. His nickname comes from his hair that was at one time frizzy.

Freleng began working in animation in Kansas City in the 1920s working for United Film Ad Service. While in Kansas City he met Walt Disney before Disney moved to Hollywood. Freleng joined Disney in Hollywood in 1927 working on the Alice Comedies and Oswald the Rabbit.

By 1933 he was working at Warner Brothers with Leon Schlesinger and introduced the studio’s first cartoon star, Porky Pig in I Haven’t Got a Hat in 1935. Other than leaving for a two year contract with MGM he remained with Warner Brothers until the studio stop producing cartoons in 1963 . He directed more Warner Brothers cartoons than any other with 266 and won four Academy Awards.

In 1963 he and Dave DePatie formed DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. DePatie-Freleng studios was commissioned to create the opening titles for the 1963 film The Pink Panther. The character was so popular that a short was produced. The Pink Phink won the Academy Award for for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).

In the 1980s he once again worked with his Warner Brothers characters with The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981), Bugs Bunny’s 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales (1982), and Daffy Duck’s Movie: Fantastic Island (1983). Friz Freleng died on May 26, 1995.


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