Lu Guarnier, 1914-2007

Director Michael Sporn reports that Golden Age animator Lu Guarnier passed away on December 29, 2007. Guarnier started at Warner Bros. in the 1930s but animated for most of his career in New York at studios like UPA-NY and John and Faith Hubley’s Storyboard Productions. Michael Sporn offers memories of Guarnier on his blog.


  • http://www.animationarchive.org Stephen Worth

    I posted some Studio Gag Drawings from UPA New York related to Lu Guarnier today at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive.

  • Kevin Wollenweber

    Oh, I really enjoyed that story of Lu Guarnier’s experience at Warner Brothers working with Robert Clampett. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if this footage could be found and stuck on a GOLDEN COLLECTION set as an extra!! Schlesinger just didn’t see progress for what it was, even if the end result was a joke. It certainly could have been used as part of that year’s Holiday gag reel, but oh well; guess we can’t cry now over what could have been.

    I’m still wondering what the original ending to “HARE ‘EM, SCARE ‘EM” must have looked like, and I don’t even know if Lu Guarnier was involved in that at all. And just how many Warners cartoons of the 1930′s was Guarnier involved directly in? Perhaps a list could be posted here?

  • http://thft.home.att.net Mark Arnold

    Lu Guarnier also worked for Total TeleVision. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to speak with him for my book before his passing.