Bill Hurtz

When the Studios Saw Red

These days, it’s difficult not to wander into a social-media argument over unions, with organized labor having become just one more political wedge issue. But as anyone familiar ... Continue Reading →
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Remembering Sol Sigall

I was saddened to get a call a few days ago from Martha Sigall informing me that her husband Sol had passed away. Sol Sigall was neither an artist, a writer, nor a voice actor, but ... Continue Reading →
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ToonSeum Pop-Up Spotlights WB Classics

In celebration of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II April 10-13, the Toonseum in Pittsburgh has opened a pop-up Looney Tunes exhibit presented ... Continue Reading →
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Gene of All Trades

Some things stay with you for a lifetime. When I was a kid I read a Yogi Bear comic strip in the newspaper in which Ranger Smith punks Yogi by filling his enormous Christmas stocking ... Continue Reading →
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Under the Table with J.B. and Friz

Most cartoon historians are aware that the fluid that fueled the medium during its Golden Age was not ink or paint, but alcohol. Among my favorite booze-related tales from the toon ... Continue Reading →
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Chucking the Competition

In any discussion of the legendary Leon Schlesinger/Warner Bros. cartoon studio, you often hear the words “friendly competition” used to describe the relationships between the various ... Continue Reading →
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Leon Schlesinger in Dollars and Scents!

Animation corporate executives have not always been highly regarded by the artists who work for them, particularly during the Golden Age. One exception to that trend was Leon Schlesinger, ... Continue Reading →
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The Looney Tunes Studio’s Near-Death Experience

Throughout the history of animation, there have been plenty of train wrecks (metaphorically speaking, of course), usually on the feature film side of things, but how about bus wrecks?  ... Continue Reading →