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Arthur "Art" Davis (June 14, 1905 – May 9, 2000) was an animator and a director for Warner Brothers' Termite Terrace
Termite Terrace
cartoon studio. Career[edit] Davis got his start at a young age at the New York studio of Max Fleischer, and is reputed to have been the first in-betweener in the animation industry. Another of his distinctions was that he tapped out the famous "bouncing ball" of the "Follow the Bouncing Ball" cartoons of the 1920s. While one of the Fleischer brothers played the ukulele, Davis would keep time with a wooden stick with a white thumbtack on the end, which was photographed and incorporated into the films as the actual moving ball. Later he was an animator for the Charles Mintz studio. While there, he helped create and develop Toby the Pup and Scrappy
Scrappy
with fellow animators Dick Huemer and Sid Marcus. Davis would eventually be promoted to director and remained at the studio even after it became Screen Gems
Screen Gems
in 1940. In 1942, Davis left Screen Gems
Screen Gems
along with Frank Tashlin
Frank Tashlin
for Warner Bros. Davis worked as an animator for Tashlin's department until 1946 when it was assumed by Robert McKimson. Later that same year, when Bob Clampett left to start his own studio, Davis took over Clampett's unit. Davis directed a number of Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
shorts, with a tone somewhere between those of Clampett and McKimson. He had a distinctive characteristic visual style, which can be seen as far back as Davis' Columbia shorts, in which the characters move from the foreground to the background, as well as from side to side, using all axes of the animation field. His department was shut down only three years later in 1949 when Warners was having a budget problem. Davis was then taken into Friz Freleng's unit, and served as one of Freleng's key animators for many years. In 1962, thirteen years after his unit had been shut down, Davis directed a cartoon for Warners again using Freleng's unit. (There were several shorts released around this time, from not only Freleng's unit but Chuck Jones' as well, where the direction was credited to varying subordinates.) This cartoon, Quackodile Tears, was also his last Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers
short. After the studio closed in 1963, Davis went to Walter Lantz Productions
Walter Lantz Productions
as an animator. He left Lantz in 1965 to work briefly for Hanna-Barbera Productions, before moving over to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
to direct Pink Panther shorts and other cartoon series. Outliving most of his peers, Davis died on May 9, 2000, aged 94 in Sunnyvale, California.[1] References[edit]

^ Lenburg, Jeff (2006). Who's who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film & Television's Award-winning and Legendary Animators. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 60. ISBN 155783671X. 

External links[edit]

Arthur Davis on IMDb

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Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
and Merrie Melodies

Studios

Harman-Ising Productions (1930–1933) Leon Schlesinger
Leon Schlesinger
Productions (1933–1944) Warner Bros. Cartoons
Warner Bros. Cartoons
(1944–1964) DePatie–Freleng Enterprises
DePatie–Freleng Enterprises
(1964–1967, 1979–1980) Format Films (1965–1967) Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
(1967–1969) Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
Enterprises (1976–1980, 1994–1997) Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation
(1980–present)

People

Tex Avery Bea Benaderet Mel Blanc Bernard B. Brown Arthur Q. Bryan John Burton Daws Butler Bob Clampett Cal Dalton Arthur Davis David H. DePatie Earl Duvall Milt Franklyn Stan Freberg Friz Freleng June Foray Ben Hardaway Hugh Harman Ken Harris William L. Hendricks Cal Howard Rudolf Ising Chuck Jones Jack King William Lava Abe Levitow Michael Maltese Frank Marsales Norman McCabe Robert McKimson Tom Palmer Hawley Pratt Virgil Ross Leon Schlesinger Rod Scribner Edward Selzer Norman Spencer Carl Stalling Frank Tashlin Ben Washam

Characters

Babbit and Catstello Barnyard Dawg Beaky Buzzard Beans Blacque Jacque Shellacque Bosko Buddy Bugs Bunny Bunny and Claude Cecil Turtle Charlie Dog Claude Cat Clyde Bunny Colonel Shuffle Conrad the Cat Cool Cat Count Blood Count The Crusher Daffy Duck Egghead Jr. Elmer Fudd Foghorn Leghorn Foxy Gabby Goat Goofy Gophers Goopy Geer Gossamer Granny Hector the Bulldog Henery Hawk Hippety Hopper Honey Bunny Hubie and Bertie Hugo the Abominable Snowman Inki Lola Bunny Marc Antony and Pussyfoot Marvin the Martian Melissa Duck Merlin the Magic Mouse Michigan J. Frog Miss Prissy Nasty Canasta Penelope Pussycat Pepé Le Pew Pete Puma Petunia Pig Piggy Playboy Penguin Porky Pig Ralph Wolf The Road Runner Rocky and Mugsy Sam Sheepdog Slowpoke Rodriguez Sniffles Speedy Gonzales Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier Sylvester Sylvester Jr. Taz The Three Bears Tweety Wile E. Coyote Willoughby Witch Hazel Yosemite Sam

Shorts

1929–1939 1940–1949 1950–1959 1960–1969 1970–present and miscellaneous Featuring Bugs Bunny Featuring Daffy Duck Featuring Porky Pig Blue Ribbon reissues Censored Eleven Unreleased

Television

Compilations

The Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Show The Road Runner Show The Porky Pig
Porky Pig
Show Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
on Nickelodeon Merrie Melodies
Merrie Melodies
Starring Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
& Friends Bugs 'n' Daffy

Originals

Tiny Toon Adventures Taz-Mania The Plucky Duck Show The Sylvester & Tweety
Tweety
Mysteries Baby Looney Tunes Duck Dodgers Loonatics Unleashed The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Show Wabbit/New Looney Tunes Specials

Feature films

Compilations

The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny
Movie Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island Daffy Duck's Quackbusters The Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Hall of Fame

Made for video

Tweety's High-Flying Adventure Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes
Looney Tunes
Christmas Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run

Documentaries

Bugs Bunny: Superstar Bugs & Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons Chuck Amuck: The Movie

Live-action/ animation

Space Jam Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Music/Songs

"Merrily We Roll Along" "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" "Powerhouse" "The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)" "Camptown Races"

Other

Video games

Book Category

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 19875078 ISNI: 0000 0001 1556 3971 BNF:

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