[[caption-width-right:347:Tish Tash, working on a scene from the [[Creator/ColumbiaCartoons Columbia Cartoon]] "The Tangled Angler".]]

'''Frank Tashlin''' (1913-1972) was a prominent animator, writer, and director of both cartoons and live action films. His most notable work was done for the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Leon Schlesinger cartoon studio]] during TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, having three seperate stints at the place.

Initially, Tashlin cut his teeth working for [[Creator/{{Terrytoons}} Paul Terry]] as an animator on the ''Aesops Film Fables'' series of cartoons, only to quickly drift off to another animation stint at Creator/VanBeurenStudios. Finally, in 1932, he found work at the then-rising WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] cartoon studio, working as an animator, while working on a short lived comic strip in his spare time called ''Van Boring'', the name being obvious jab at his previous boss. When Leon tried to swindle Frank into giving him a cut of the comics profits, Frank told him to shove it and promptly lost his job as a result. Once again adrift, he did a brief stint at the Creator/UbIwerks cartoon studio in 1934, only to leave in 1935 for Creator/HalRoachStudios to be a writer on the ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Our Gang]]'' series, where he learned quite a bit about live-action film-making, including film-camera techniques.

In 1936, Leon managed to lure Tashlin back to his studio, giving him a position as a director there, right during a time when Creator/TexAvery was starting to take the studio away from its Creator/{{Disney}} roots in favor of faster paced, more cartoony shorts. Frank jumped right in, getting off to a good head start with "Porky's Poultry Plant", where he adapted live action style fast-cutting and dynamic camera angles into his cartoons, giving them a cinematic, energetic feeling lacking from Creator/TexAvery and Creator/FrizFreleng's cartoon shorts. Despite this, he wasn't particularly happy due to him being stuck working on PorkyPig cartoons, which Tashlin later admitted was his least favorite character.

However, he left the studio again, with his crew being handed over to Creator/ChuckJones, while he to work for Creator/{{Disney}} in 1938 to 1940, where he began story work on Walt's proposed MickeyMouse feature, which would later evolve into the Mickey and the Beanstalk segment of ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree''.

In 1941, he found work at Creator/ColumbiaCartoons, where he directed three short cartoons, one of them being the first of Columbia's star series ''WesternAnimation/TheFoxAndTheCrow''--the short in question, "The Fox and the Grapes" was the first cartoon to use a "blackout gag" format, which director Creator/ChuckJones would cite as an influence on his [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner Road Runner]] cartoons.

He would once again return to Creator/WarnerBros in 1943, this time bringing a stylized, magazine-like angular designs to his new shorts. Some of these later shorts of his had noticeable sexual themes, particularly ''WesternAnimation/PlaneDaffy'' (which had a FemmeFataleSpy character named [[UsefulNotes/MataHari Hata Mari]], whose blond hair and top-heavy hourglass figure would be a reality in the form of Creator/JayneMansfield) and "Stupid Cupid". It's been said that the difference between Creator/BobClampett's cartoons and Frank Tashlin's cartoons in terms of risqué humor is that Tashlin was more polished and subtle while Clampett was broader, wilder, and more adolescent.

After his cartoon career ended, Tashlin went on to direct and write for many live action films, most famously the Creator/JayneMansfield comedies ''Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt'' and ''Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?'', and numerous Creator/JerryLewis movies. His films are notable for including live-action versions of cartoon gags, such as the near-sexual reactions of every man who sees Jayne Mansfield's character walk by in ''The Girl Can't Help It'' (such as the ice melting in the ice truck and the milkman's bottle of milk popping and spilling over). He also wrote five books: "The Bear That Wasn't" (1941), "How The Circus Learned to Smile" (1949, "The Possum That Didn't" (1950) and "The World That Isn't" (1951) and a self-help cartooning book "How to Create Cartoons" (1952). He even briefly returned to animation in 1967, adapting one of his children's books "The Bear That Wasn't" into an Creator/{{MGM}} animated short, directed by his former colleague Creator/ChuckJones (which Tashlin didn't like).

To get a more deep idea of Tashlin as a person and his history at Warners, an interview of him has been posted by Micheal Barrier [[http://www.michaelbarrier.com/Interviews/Tashlin/tashlin_interview.htm here.]]



* Redskin Blues: A Van Beuren Tom & Jerry short he animated for.


* Hook & Ladder Hokum: A Van Beuren Tom & Jerry short. His first directorial effort.
* I've Got to Sing a Torch Song: Presumably his first animation stint.
* Buddy's Beer Garden: Animator.


* Honeymoon Hotel: Animator.


* Thicker Than Water: A Creator/LaurelAndHardy short he wrote for.
* The Fixer Uppers: A Creator/LaurelAndHardy short he wrote for.
* Tit For Tat: A Creator/LaurelAndHardy short [[RuleOfThree he wrote for.]]


* Porky's Poultry Plant: First credited directorial effort at the studio.
* Little Beau Porky
* Porky in the Northwoods


* Porky's Road Race
* Porky's Romance
* Porky's Building
* Porky's Railroad
* Speaking of the Weather: First [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short he worked on. The short is one of three parodies of the "Things come to life in a store" genre of cartoons that was prevalent during the 30s.
* The Case of the Stuttering Pig
* Porky's Double Trouble
* The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos


* Porky at the Crocadero
* Now That Summer Is Gone
* Porky the Fireman
* Have You Got Any Castles?: Second of three "Things come to life in a story" parodies.
* Porky's Spring Planting
* The Mayor Lied Down 'Til Dawn
* WesternAnimation/WhollySmoke
* Cracked Ice
* Little Pauncho Vanilla
* You're An Education: Last short he directed at his second Warner Bros. stint.


* Mr. Duck Steps Out: A WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck short. He did not direct, but wrote the story.


* The Great Cheese Mystery: First Columbia Cartoon he worked on. Did not direct, but wrote the story.
* The Fox and the Grapes
* The Tangled Angler


* A Hollywood Detour: Directed it.
* Under The Shedding Chestnut Tree: Supervised this and the following Columbia shorts.
* Wacky Wigwams
* Concerto in B Flat Minor
* Dog Meets Dog
* Wolf Chases Pigs
* A Battle for a Bottle
* Cinderella Goes to a Party
* Bulldog and the Baby
* Old Blackout Joe
* Song of Victory
* Red Riding Hood Rides Again: Was the producer.


* Porky Pig's Feat: First short upon his return to WB.
* Scrap Happy Daffy
* The Goldbrick: One of PrivateSnafu shorts he directed.
* The Home Front:
* Puss N' Booty: Last black & white WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short. Animator ShamusCulhane is rumored to have done uncredited work for the short.
* WesternAnimation/ACornyConcerto: Directed by Creator/BobClampett, but he wrote the story.


* I Got Plenty of Mutton: A one-shot cartoon that would be the inspiration for Creator/ChuckJones' WesternAnimation/PepeLePew cartoons
* Swooner Crooner: Footage from his cartoon would be recycled for a cartoon sequence of the film "Two Guys From Texas".
* The Chow Hound: Private Snafu
* Brother Brat
* Censored
* WesternAnimation/PlaneDaffy
* Booby Hatched
* The Stupid Cupid


* The Unruly Hare: One of two WesternAnimation/BugsBunny shorts he directed.
* Behind the Meat-Ball
* Tale of Two Mice
* Nasty Quacks


* Hare Remover: Second of two WesternAnimation/BugsBunny shorts he directed, but was uncredited.
* The Lady Said No
* Choo Choo Amigo
* Daffy Ditties: Pepito's Serenade


* The Way of Peace


* The Lemon Drop Kid: Helped finish directing it.


* The First Time
* Son of Paleface


* Marry Me Again


* Susan Slept Here
* The Face is Familiar: An episode of G.E. True Theater TV series.


* Artists and Models


* The Lieutenant Wore Skirts
* The Honest Man: An episode of G.E. True Theater TV series.
* Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt
* Hollywood or Bust


* Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?


* Rock-A-Bye Baby
* The Geisha Boy


* Say One For Me


* Cinderfella


* Film/SnowWhiteAndTheThreeStooges


* Bachelor Flat
* It'$ Only Money


* The Man From The Diner's Club
* Who's Minding The Store?


* The Disorderly Orderly


* The Alphabet Murders


* The Glass Bottom Boat


* Caprice
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBearThatWasnt'': An animated short based off of his book, directed by Creator/ChuckJones.


* The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell



!!Tropes Associated With Frank Tashlin:

* BigNameFan : His films had an incredible influence on the FrenchNewWave who loved his GenreBusting style and visual invention. Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/JohnLennon loved his film ''Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt'' as did several other rock stars of the 1960s. In fact, Music/TheBeatles recorded "Birthday" from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum'' after having watched "The Girl Can't Help It" the night before on TV and being in a RockAndRoll nostalgic mood.
** Creator/JohnWaters has also acknowledged Tashlin's influence on his films, expressed [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-n3vyvEPgOw here]], where he gushes over ''Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt.''
** His cartoon work has just as many fans, with many accolades from historians, directors and animators alike, including Creator/JohnKricfalusi, Creator/JoeDante and Creator/EricGoldberg.
* DisownedAdaptation: He hated Chuck Jones' adaptation of "The Bear That Wasn't", as he felt the story's message got muddled.
* GenreBusting : His feature films were radical and innovative comedies. ''Film/TheGirlCantHelpIt'' was a pioneer in the rock musical genre, and gave audiences around the world their first glimpses of favorite rock acts of the 50s.
* HotterAndSexier: The WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu cartoon "Censored", which features a topless woman. The one time CartoonNetwork aired the cartoon, the scenes were cropped to conceal the nudity.
* JumpCut: Tashlin's cartoons often had very fast timing, with some scenes lasting only a few frames.
* ProductionPosse: Tashlin worked on too many JerryLewis movies to count, both as a solo act and when he was teamed with DeanMartin. He also worked often with Creator/BobHope and Creator/JayneMansfield, so much so with the latter that she filled the role of his muse.
* RecycledPremise: His feature ''Rock-a-Bye Baby'' features a hapless man (Creator/JerryLewis) in comical situations while babysitting, very much like his Porky Pig short ''Brother Brat''.
* TakeThat: The name of ''Van Boring'', a newspaper comic he ran for a few years, was a jab at his old animation boss [[Creator/VanBeurenStudios Amadee Van Beuren.]]
* TheVoiceless: His newspaper comic character ''Van Boring'' had no dialogue from the protagonist--the humor was entirely done in pantomime.