Robert McKimson

Director, Animator
Although he created and/or introduced such fondly remembered Warner Brothers cartoon characters as Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester Jr. , Hippity Hopper, Speedy Gonzalez and the Tasmanian Devil, the standard line taken by ... Read more »
Born: 10/13/1910 in Denver, Colorado, USA


Director (12)

Birth of a Notion 2014 (Movie)


Crowing Pains 2014 (Movie)


Bugs 'n' Daffy 1975 - 1985, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)


The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show 1975 - 1985, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)


Daffy Duck's Quackbusters 1988 (Movie)

sequences director (Segment Director)

Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island 1983 (Movie)


Bugs Bunny's Valentine 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


The Bugs Bunny Easter Special 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


Bugs Bunny's Howl-oween Special (TV Show)


Happy Birthday, Bugs: 50 Looney Years (TV Show)

Segment Director
Writer (1)

Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island 1983 (Movie)

story classic cartoons (Story By)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

The Bugs Bunny Thanksgiving Diet (TV Show)

Animation Director


Although he created and/or introduced such fondly remembered Warner Brothers cartoon characters as Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester Jr. , Hippity Hopper, Speedy Gonzalez and the Tasmanian Devil, the standard line taken by film historians on Robert McKimson remains that he was a brilliant animator but an uninspired director. Still, when one considers that he was one third of the team that supervised scores of beloved cartoons from the late 1940s through the early 60s and that the other two (Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng) were certifiable geniuses, one realizes that all quality is relative. In any event, it would be foolish to underestimate McKimson's impact on the Warner Bros. house style.


taught her children how to draw

survived him

survived him

had two

Charles McKimson

younger worked under director Robert at Warner Bros. until 1953 died in April 2000

Tom McKimson

older worked under director Bob Clampett at Warner Bros. until 1944



Directed the final shorts starring Bunny and Claude, Merlin the Magic Mouse, Rapid Rabbit and Cool Cat


Introduced the title characters with "Bunny and Claude", a parody of "Bonnie and Clyde" with rabbits


Provided animation and effects for the fantasy feature "The Incredible Mr. Limpet"


Directed "The Mouse that Jack Built", a parody of "The Jack Benny Show", featuring the voices of Jack Benny, Mary Livingstone, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson and Don Wilson


Directed "The Honeymousers", a popular parody of TV's "The Honeymooners" which generated two sequels


Directed the introduction of the Tasmanian Devil in "Devil May Hare"


Introduced the original version of Speedy Gonzales in "Cat-Tails for Two"


Directed Daffy Duck in "The Super Snooper", the first of a series of TV genre parodies on which he collaborated with writer Ted Pierce


Introduced Sylvester Jr in "Pop 'Im Pop"


Introduced Hippity Hopper, a kangaroo mistaken for a giant mouse by Sylvester the Cat in a series of cartoons, in "Hop, Look and Listen"


Promoted to director when Clampett left Warner Bros.; took over Clampett's unit


Directorial debut, "Daffy Doodles"


Introduced the character of Foghorn Leghorn in his fourth cartoon as a director, "Walky Talky Hawky"; directed all his subsequent appearances


Under Avery's guidance, drew the first model sheets of Bugs Bunny


Drew a pose of Bugs Bunny--smiling, leaning against a tree with a half-eaten carrot in hand--for the annual Easter show of a Los Angeles department store; became the standard publicity image of Bugs (still in use in the 90s)


First credited collaboration with director Fred "Tex" Avery, "The Crackpot Quail"; subsequently animated "The Heckling Hare", a classic early Bugs Bunny cartoon directed by Avery


Did some of his most celebrated work as Bob Clampett's head animator during the director's most fertile period at Warner Brothers


First of a series of collaborations with director Charles M. (aka Chuck) Jones, "Robin Hood Makes Good"; served as head animator on five more Jones cartoons through 1940


First of three collaborations that year with director Frank Tashlin, "Now That Summer is Gone"


First animator's credit (with Jack King) under director Freleng, "Buddy and Towser"; animated 17 more cartoons directed by Freleng in the next three years


Debut as an animator for Harman-Ising, shared "drawn by" credit with I. (aka Isadore or Friz) Freleng on "Bosko's Store", a Harman-directed "Looney Tune"


Hired by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising to work as an animator at their new animation unit at Warner Bros.; remained until the studio closed in 1963


Began working at the Disney studio as a trainee animator

Informally studied anatomy for 10 years

Studied with art teacher Don Graham for a semester in the 1930s, shortly before Graham became the in-house instructor for the Disney animators

Joined DePatie-Freleng Enterprises as a freelancer; worked on their commercials, TV series and some theatrical shorts

Drew over 150 Bugs Bunny insignia for branches of the Armed Services during WWII

Continued to work as a freelance animator/animation director

Returned to the reopened but drastically diminished Warner Brothers animation studio as the sole director on the final seven theatrical shorts produced by the studio

Worked at UPA (United Productions of America) on the primetime animated TV series "The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo"

Left Disney to join his older brother Tom at the Romer Grey cartoon studio until the studio failed