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The original Termite Terrace gang, c. mid-1930's.note 

We all love the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon series, but it didn't get made overnight or from one mind—rather, it was the result of the collaboration of hundreds of staffers, directors, animators, inkers and others from the golden age and dark age of animation. While it might it be impossible to list every single person, this list will attempt to cover as many people as possible.

Compare to Noteworthy Disney Staff, Noteworthy Fleischer Staff and Noteworthy MGM Cartoon Staff.


Noteworthy Staffers Include:

  • Leon Schlesinger: The producer between 1930 and 1944. According to the staff, he was quite affable in comparison to successor Eddie Selzer.
  • Eddie Selzer: Succeeded Schlesinger as producer, who infamously had No Sense of Humor.
  • Hugh Harman And Rudolph Ising: Ex-Disney employees who started up the studio. They quit in 1933, taking their creation Bosko with them to MGM.
  • Friz Freleng: Another ex-Disney. Became a director in the late Harman-Ising era and held the post until 1962 (except for a brief stint at MGM in 1938-39). He also produced the 1964-67 era cartoons.
  • Earl Duvall: Another director of the immediate post-Harman & Ising era. The most noteworthy fact about him is that he directed the first color Merrie Melody "Honeymoon Hotel" (1934, animated by Clampett and Jones).
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  • Ben Hardaway: Briefly replaced Freleng as director (working alongside Cal Dalton) from 1938-1940. Bugs Bunny is named after his nickname "Bugs" Hardaway. Also helped create Woody Woodpecker.
  • Norm McCabe: Was an animator for Clampett before he directed. McCabe's cartoons are notable for two reasons: they were the only ones done in black and white while everyone else was moving on to color, and most of them (specifically "The Ducktators", "Tokio Jokio"note , and "Confusions of a Nutzy Spy") are so mired in World War II references and outrageous ethnic stereotypes (specifically of the Japanese) that they're barely aired at all on modern American TV stations (though Cartoon Network once aired a ToonHeads episodes highlighting some of his shorts). McCabe is also the last surviving Golden Age of Looney Tunes director to pass away (though, given his obscurity, most people often give Chuck Jones that title), dying in 2006 at age 94.
  • Mel Blanc: Provided most (more like almost all) the voices for the studios between 1937 and 1969.
  • June Foray: The main female VA for the studio from the 50s onward, replacing Bea Benaderet.
  • Stan Freberg: Provided most of the male voices that Mel Blanc couldn't do (see also: Arthur Q. Bryantnote  and Daws Butler).
  • Shamus Culhane: Had a very brief stay at the studio, working for Chuck Jones on Inki and the Mynah Bird (which, like the other Inki cartoons, is banned because of its (unintentionally) racially insensitive protagonist) and Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears.
  • Chuck Jones
  • Tex Avery
  • Bob Clampett
  • Art Davis: One of the unsung directors of the studio (late 1940s). He also animated for Tashlin and Mc Kimson before his brief directorial stint (which happened after Bob Clampett left the studio), and would later work for Freleng after it.
  • Robert McKimson
  • Frank Tashlin: Had three stints at the studio: In 1933, in 1936-38 and 1944-46.
  • Tedd Pierce: Writer (mainly for Friz Freleng, though he did do some writing work for Chuck Jones and Robert McKimson), Storyboard Artist and Voice Actor
  • Michael Maltese: Writer, mainly for Chuck Jones.
  • Warren Foster: Writer, mainly for Robert McKimson
  • Bob Givens: Helped design Bugs Bunny, and did layouts for every director except Friz Freleng. One of the few that stayed right until the studio closed in 1969.
  • Martha Sigall: Ink and paint artist.
  • Virgil Ross: Animator, who along with Bob Givens stayed at the studio until it's closure. Originally started out at Tex Avery's unit, he then had a brief spell at Bob Clampett's before spending the rest of his tenure at Friz Freleng's.
  • Ken Harris: Animator for the Chuck Jones unit. Also worked with Jones for Richard Williams on The Thief and the Cobbler.
  • Bill Melendez: Animator for the Bob Clampett unit, and later the Davis and McKimson units. Later became famous as the producer of (and voice of Snoopy in) the Peanuts television specials.
  • Rod Scribner: Animator for the Avery, Clampett and McKimson units, known for producing some of the wildest and most expressive animation of the Golden Age (especially when working under the former, though a lot of McKimson's earlier work has Scribner's wild, fluid motions).
  • Maurice Noble: Layout man for Chuck Jones. His stylish designs are featured on such classics as Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, What's Opera, Doc?, and the Wile E Coyote And The Roadrunner series. He also co-directed a few cartoons alongside Jones before his dismissal from WB in 1962.
  • Hawley Pratt: Friz Freleng's layout man and chief character designer for almost two decades. In this role, he designed Sylvester the Cat and Yosemite Sam, and created the definitive versions of Tweety and Speedy Gonzales. He later became a director in his own right at the very end of the studio's life, and continued to work with Freleng over at De Patie Freleng Enterprises.
  • Robert Gribbroek: Did Chuck Jones's layouts for quite a while before Maurice Noble showed up, and later did the same job for Robert McKimson. Although most agree that his work in Jones's unit was sorely lacking compared to what Noble later did, his work for McKimson tends to be much better-regarded.
  • Carl W. Stalling: Music director. Trope Codifier for Mickey Mousing (he started out at Disney composing the score for Steamboat Willie, making him the Trope Maker as well).
  • Tregoweth "Treg" Brown: Film editor and sound effects wizard. Won an Academy Award for his work on The Great Race.
  • Gerry Chiniquy: Animator for the Freleng unit, specialized in dancing scenes, also directed two cartoons "Dumb Patrol" and "Hawaii Aye Aye".
  • Manny Gould: Animator for the Clampett and McKimson units, known for his wacky and expressive animation.
  • Ben Washam: Animator for the Jones unit, also designed the mascot for Big Boy restaurants.
  • Robert "Bobe" Cannon: Animator for the Clampett and Jones units, known for pioneering the smear animation technique. Later became a top director at UPA, winning an Oscar for "Gerald McBoing-Boing".
  • Lloyd Vaughan: Animator for the Jones unit.
  • Phil Monroe: Animator for the Freleng, Clampett, and Jones units.
  • Abe Levitow: Animator for the Jones unit, also directed four cartoons: "Baton Bunny", "Really Scent"note , "A Witch's Tangled Hare", and "Unnatural History".
  • Richard Bickenbach: Animator for the Freleng, Tashlin, and McKimson units; also notable for his voice impersonation of Bing Crosby in several cartoons. Later went on to work for MGM and Hanna-Barbera Productions.
  • Izzy Ellis: Animator for the Clampett, Tashlin, and McKimson units.


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