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

Filmography

Director (12)

Birth of a Notion 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Crowing Pains 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

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

Director

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

Director

Daffy Duck's Quackbusters 1988 (Movie)

sequences director (Segment Director)

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

(Director)

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

Director

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

Director

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

Director

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

Biography

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.

Relationships

Mother
taught her children how to draw

Daughter
survived him

Son
survived him

Sister
had two

Charles McKimson

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

Tom McKimson

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

Milestones

1968

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

1968

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

1964

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

1959

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

1956

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

1954

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

1953

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

1952

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

1950

Introduced Sylvester Jr in "Pop 'Im Pop"

1948

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

1946

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

1946

Directorial debut, "Daffy Doodles"

1946

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

1942

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

1942

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)

1940

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

1940

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

1939

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

1938

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

1934

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

1931

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"

1930

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

1928

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

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