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EDWARD SELZER (January 12, 1893 – February 22, 1970) was an American cartoon producer and head of Warner Bros. Cartoons
Warner Bros. Cartoons
from 1944 to 1958. He served in the US Navy and fought as a Golden Gloves boxer. He won a boxing exhibition for the Navy and was awarded with a weekend pass. While out on leave he met a New York chorus girl named Laura Cohn; he later married Laura and relocated to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
where they had two children; Phyllis and Robert.

After the studio was purchased from Leon Schlesinger
Leon Schlesinger
in 1944, Selzer was assigned studio head by Jack L. Warner
Jack L. Warner
. His first cartoon was Goldilocks and the Jivin\' Bears .

Unlike his predecessor, Selzer did not want any on-screen credit as producer for Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Much of what is publicly known about Selzer's personality and business acumen is from Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
' autobiography, Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist. In it, Jones paints Selzer as an interfering bore with no appreciation of animated cartoons. They later developed a mutual respect and understanding of one another, remaining friendly until Selzer's passing.

Friz Freleng
Friz Freleng
nearly resigned after butting heads with Selzer, who did not think that pairing Sylvester the cat and Tweety
Tweety
was a viable decision. The argument reached its crux when Freleng reportedly placed his drawing pencil on Selzer's desk , furiously telling Selzer that if he knew so much about animation, he should do the work instead. Selzer backed off the issue and apologized to Freleng that evening. Tweetie Pie , the very cartoon that first paired Sylvester and Tweety together, went on to win Warner Brothers' first Academy Award for Animated Short Film , in 1947, with Tweety
Tweety
and Sylvester proving to be among the most endearing duos in Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
cartoons. Accepting the Short Subject (Cartoon) award for Tweetie Pie
Tweetie Pie
from Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple
at the 20th Academy Awards ceremony on 20 March 1948, Selzer said:

In accepting this award, I'm naturally thrilled, but I accept it for the entire Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.
Cartoon Studio. It might interest you to know that in production of this "Tweetie Pie," 85 percent of our personnel were directly connected with its construction. However, the one man who really should be up here getting this award and not me, is the director of the picture, Friz Freleng, who is in the audience. I can't pay him too great a tribute. Thank you.

Selzer also forbade Robert McKimson
Robert McKimson
from producing any future cartoons with the Tasmanian Devil in them after seeing the Devil\'s premiere short and deeming the creature far too grotesque to be a recurring character. Selzer changed his mind and allowed further Tasmanian Devil cartoons only upon discovering from Jack Warner that Taz was in fact a massive hit with audiences.

Selzer's edict that "camels aren't funny" inspired Friz Freleng
Friz Freleng
to disprove him by making Sahara Hare
Sahara Hare
, a cartoon in which much of the comedy arises from Yosemite Sam
Yosemite Sam
's attempts to control his dim-witted camel. Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
and Mike Maltese created Bully for Bugs in direct response to Selzer's declaration that there was nothing funny about bullfighting .

Eddie Selzer was proud of his position as producer of the Looney Tunes series because of the joy the team's creations brought to so many. Although he loudly (and indelicately) declared that there was nothing funny about a skunk who spoke French, he proudly accepted the Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1949 – for For Scent-imental Reasons , a Pepé Le Pew
Pepé Le Pew
cartoon.

One day seeing a group of animators laughing over a storyboard he stormed into the room and demanded: "What in the Hell does all of this laughter have to do with the making of animated cartoons?"

Selzer retired in 1958, and John Burton became the head of Warner Bros. Cartoons .

Eddie Selzer died in 1970. Upon his death, some of his five Academy Award Oscar statues for the winning cartoons he produced were distributed to the crews behind the cartoons; the one for 1957's Birds Anonymous was given to voice artist Mel Blanc
Mel Blanc
while the one for Tweetie Pie
Tweetie Pie
was given to Freleng; the remaining awards are with his family.

REFERENCES

* ^ "Year: 1947 (20th) Academy Awards Category: Short Subject (Cartoon) Film Title: Tweetie Pie". http://aaspeechesdb.oscars.org. Retrieved 20 April 2015. External link in website= (help ) * ^ "Hollywood", Peter Bogdanovich, Esquire March 1972, p.

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