Born: February 26, 1908, Taylor, Texas
Died: August 26, 1980 (age 72), Burbank, California
Bean "Fred/Tex" Avery was an American animator,
cartoonist, and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during
The Golden Age of Hollywood animation.
His influence was found in almost all of the animated cartoon series
by various studios in the 1940s and 1950s.
What do you know about Tex Avery? Try this Cartoon Quick Quiz.
1. Avery was raised in his native Taylor, Texas though he graduated
in 1927 from North Dallas High School. A popular catchphrase at his
school was "What's up, doc?". Who later popularize the phrase?
- Bugs Bunny
- Daffy Duck
- Donald Duck
2. Avery first began his animation career in the early 1930s, working
on the majority of the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from 1931-35. He
is shown as 'animator' on the original title card credits on the Oswald
cartoons. What studio did he first work for?
- Walter Lantz Studio
- MGM Animation Studio
- Disney Studio
3. Avery migrated to the Leon Schlesinger Studio in late 1935 and
convinced the fast-talking Schlesinger to let him head his own
production unit of animators and create cartoons the way he wanted them
to be made. Schlesinger responded by assigning the Avery unit, including
animators Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones, to a five-room bungalow at the
Warner Bros. Sunset Blvd. backlot.
4. The Avery unit, assigned to work primarily on the black-and-white
Looney Tunes instead of the Technicolor Merrie Melodies. What was the
name they dubbed their quarters?
- Termite Terrace
- Doc's Terrace
- Looney Acres
5. Their first short, Gold Diggers of '49. What cartoon character
became a star from the cartoon?
- Porky Pig
- Donald Duck
- Bugs Bunny
6. What cartoon introduced the character of Daffy Duck, who possessed
a new form of "lunacy" and zaniness that had not been seen
before in animated cartoons.
- Porky's Duck Hunt
- Porky's Rabbit Hunt
- Go Eat'em
7. Avery's 1940 film A Wild Hare is seen as the first cartoon to
truly establish the personality of Bugs Bunny, after a series of shorts
featuring a Daffy Duck-like rabbit directed by Ben Hardaway, Cal Dalton
and Chuck Jones.
8. While at Schlesinger, Avery created a concept of animating lip
movement to live action footage of animals. Schlesinger was not
interested in Avery's idea, so Avery approached Jerry Fairbanks, a
friend of his who produced the Unusual Occupations series of short
subjects. What was the studio?
- Paramount Pictures
9. By 1942, Avery was in the employ of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, working
in their cartoon division under the supervision of Fred Quimby. When did
he leave MGM?
10. He turned to animated television commercials. One of his projects
was the Frito Bandito was the cartoon mascot for Fritos corn chips from
1967 to 1971. Who was the voice of the Frita Bandito?
- Tex Avery
- Mel Blanc
- Daws Burtlet
11. Avery died at St. Joseph's Hospital. He had been suffering from
lung cancer for a year.
12. Where is Tex Avery buried?
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles,
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
- Cremated, ashes given to family or friend