Visual Effects & Animation
Art Institute of Chicago
Returns to television animation for "The Kwicky Koala Show"
Receives Windsor McCay Award
Returns to Walter Lantz for ill-fated two-year stint
Establishes "The Girl" and "The Wolf" in "Red Hot Riding Hood"
First Droopy cartoon, "Dumb-Hounded"
Leaves Warner for MGM
His short, "Blitz Wolf," receives Oscar nomination
Helmed one of the first Bugs Bunny shorts, "A Wild Hare"
Directed "Porky's Duck Hunt" which introduced the character of Daffy Duck
Began directing at Warner Bros.
Expands Porky Pig to star player in "Gold Diggers of '49"
Moves to Warner Bros. in 1935 to oversee Looney Tunes
Worked as animator for Walter Lantz at Universal
Joins Walter Lantz at Universal
Moved to MGM
Began career working with Charles Mintz at Columbia in the 1920s
Claimed to be related to both Daniel Boone and the notorious Old West hanging judge Roy Bean.
Despite having largely shaped the personality of Bugs Bunny, Avery directed only four of the character's shorts, including "A Wild Hare" (1940).
Among his lesser-known creations: Screwy Squirrel, a manic, seemingly invincible rodent with the ability to perform impossible feats. His demise after five shorts was attributed to his lack of sympathetic qualities.
Avery also animated Frito-Lay's controversial "Frito Bandito" mascot, which drew the ire of Mexican American groups.
Avery's highly sexualized "Girl" character, as seen in "Red Hot Riding Hood," and the Wolf's eye-popping reaction to her, were referenced in "The Mask" (1993).
Avery landed the job as supervisor at Termite Terrace by claiming that he had directed two shorts for Walter Lantz, though this was later proved to be false.