MICHAEL MALTESE (February 6, 1908 – February 22, 1981) was an
American storyman for classic animated cartoon shorts .
* 1 Biography
* 2 Career
* 3 Death
* 4 References
* 5 External links
The son of Italian immigrants, Maltese graduated from the National
Academy of Design . He married Florence Sass on May 30, 1936 ;
Warren Foster served as Best Man. The couple moved to Los
Angeles , where their first and only child, Brenda, was born on
February 20, 1938.
In 1941, Maltese was hired by
Leon Schlesinger Productions, which
three years later became Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc. (Maltese had
actually appeared on camera in the 1940
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 (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 (1949), featuring the
Pepé Le Pew
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 (1943).
Some of his earlier works include
The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
The Wabbit Who Came to Supper and
Fresh Hare ,
Hare Trigger (which introduced
Yosemite Sam ), Baseball
Bugs for Freleng;
Bear Feat ,
Rabbit of Seville , and
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
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.
Some of his later cartoons included
Ali Baba Bunny , Robin Hood Daffy
, the seminal What\'s Opera, Doc? and Duck Dodgers in the 24½th
Century for Jones and
Person to Bunny (the final occasion Arthur Q.
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.
From 1958 until 1970, he worked at
Hanna-Barbera Productions on
television cartoons such as
The Quick Draw McGraw Show , The
The Jetsons , and
Wacky Races .
Maltese also wrote comic books published by
Western Publishing ,
including for many of the Warner Brothers and
whose animated exploits he scripted.
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
Chuck Jones died 21 years to the day after Maltese.
* ^ "
Michael Maltese and Maurice Noble: Chuck Jones\'s Crucial
Film Comment (January-February 1975) via
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,