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Michael Maltese (February 6, 1908 – February 22, 1981) was an American storyman for classic animated cartoon shorts.

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1 Biography 2 Career 3 Death 4 References 5 External links

Biography[edit] The son of Italian immigrants, Maltese graduated from the National Academy of Design.[1] He married Florence Sass on May 30, 1936;[2][3] animator Warren Foster served as Best Man.[4] The couple moved to Los Angeles, where their first and only child, Brenda, was born on February 20, 1938.[5] Career[edit] In 1941, Maltese was hired by Leon Schlesinger
Leon Schlesinger
Productions, which three years later became Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc. (Maltese had actually appeared on camera in the 1940 Porky Pig
Porky Pig
cartoon You Ought to Be in Pictures as a live-action guard at the Warner Bros. entrance gate, who winds up chasing the animated Porky around the Warners lot). The first cartoon he wrote for Warners was The Haunted Mouse (1941) by Tex Avery
Tex Avery
(credited as Fred Avery). He first worked mainly for Friz Freleng until 1948, but after that he worked mostly for Chuck Jones, contributing stories to other directors at times, including Robert McKimson. He and Jones collaborated on classic cartoons like the Academy Award-winning For Scent-imental Reasons
For Scent-imental Reasons
(1949), featuring the character Pepé Le Pew, and the animated public health documentary, So Much for So Little (1949) which won that same year for "Best Documentary Short Subject." Maltese was also the voice of the Lou Costello-esque character in Wackiki Wabbit
Wackiki Wabbit
(1943). Some of his earlier works include The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
and Fresh Hare, Hare Trigger
Hare Trigger
(which introduced Yosemite Sam), Baseball Bugs for Freleng; Bear Feat, Rabbit of Seville, and Rabbit Fire
Rabbit Fire
for Jones. Some of his best-known cartoons are Feed the Kitty, Beep, Beep, Rabbit Seasoning, Don't Give Up the Sheep, Duck Amuck, Bully for Bugs, Bewitched Bunny, From A to Z-Z-Z-Z, and Beanstalk Bunny. These were all directed by Jones. He also worked on One Froggy Evening, the first appearance of future Warner Brothers mascot Michigan J. Frog. Some of his later cartoons included Ali Baba Bunny, Robin Hood Daffy, the seminal What's Opera, Doc?
What's Opera, Doc?
and Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century for Jones and Person to Bunny
Person to Bunny
(the final occasion Arthur Q. Bryan voiced Elmer Fudd) and Here Today, Gone Tamale (the only Speedy Gonzales cartoon he ever wrote) for Freleng. Maltese also collaborated with Jones on the 1960s Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry
theatrical shorts for MGM. During the years of 1954 and 1955, Maltese also worked at Walter Lantz Productions as writer of some "Woody Woodpecker" cartoons: "Helter Shelter", "Witch Crafty" (co-written with Homer Brightman), "Real Gone Woody", "Square Shootin' Square" and "Bedtime Bedlam". He also is the writer of Chilly Willy's Academy Award
Academy Award
nominated theatrical short "The Legend of Rockabye Point", directed by Tex Avery. From 1958 until 1970, he worked at Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
Productions on television cartoons such as The Quick Draw McGraw Show, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Wacky Races. Maltese also wrote comic books published by Western Publishing, including for many of the Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera
Hanna-Barbera
characters whose animated exploits he scripted. Death[edit] Maltese died on February 22, 1981 at Los Angeles's Good Samaritan Hospital after a six-month bout with cancer, 16 days after his 73rd birthday.[6] Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones
died 21 years to the day after Maltese. References[edit]

^ " Michael Maltese and Maurice Noble: Chuck Jones's Crucial Collaborators" by Joe Adamson Film Comment
Film Comment
(January–February 1975) via Scribd
Scribd
July 12, 2017 ^ "Marriage Record of Michael Maltese" MooseRoots July 12, 2017 ^ "Marriage Record of Florence Sass" MooseRoots July 12, 2017 ^ "Comics by Michael Maltese" Cartoon Research (January 25, 2017) July 12, 2017 ^ "Birth Record of Brenda Maltese" MooseRoots July 12, 2017 ^ Obituary, Reading Eagle, February 23, 1981.

External links[edit]

Michael Maltese 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: 24795743 LCCN: n85378976 ISNI: 0000 0000 5935 4904 GND: 173473156 BNF: cb13979047d (data) BNE: XX1575

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