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Bob Clampett’s Poem to Friz Freleng, 1965

On April 5th 1965, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed an Oscar to Friz Freleng for Best Animated Short – for The Pink Phink (1964), the first Pink Panther cartoon. The next day, Friz’s former Looney Tunes colleague Bob Clampett wrote a congratualtory note to him in the form of a poem (or “pome” as written below). Click image to read enlarged version:

Some notes on the references in the poem: Clampett refers to “(Richard) Burton and Liz (Elizabeth Taylor)”, the famous show-biz couple of the time, though only Burton was nominated for Best Actor that year (and lost), Liz was not.

“Where there’s a LIL…” is a reference to Freleng’s wife, Lillian. “Nudnik” was, of course, a reference to Gene Deitch’s character, also nominated that year – in fact, Deitch had two nominees that year (the other being How To Avoid Friendship).

This cool little historical curio is now on ebay, apparently found among Freleng’s mementoes by the folks compiling the book, Animation: The Art of Friz Freleng (a great book, if you can afford it).

(Thanks, Charles Brubaker)

  • Neat

  • oh WOW! And THIS is why this site is my homepage!!!

  • Toonio

    Friz, a true master of timing and comedy. That guy could make anything funny. Sad he is not credited as often as Jones and Avery.

  • Wow! He stitched 5 limericks together to make one big poem. Beat that, Shakespeare! Both Bob and Friz were great.

  • Fun! 2 awesome animation directors and former Bugs Bunny handlers.

  • top cat james

    I believe the Ike and Mike line is refering to “Mike and Ike (They Look Alike)”, a comic strip by Rube Goldberg.

  • A Writer

    that was nice!

  • manny

    clampett never ceases to amaze me <3<3<3<#

  • Faithful Eediot

    Clampett couldn’t have thought TOO highly of Frizs, seeing as how he nearly Orwelled Friz out of his Funnyworld interview and then took credit for creating Porky, Sylvester and Yosemite Sam.

  • John A

    Very Classy way to praise a peer. Proof that they must have been friends at one time.