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Hello Maggie


I ran into Willie Ito at The Animation Guild Holiday Party on Friday night in Burbank. Ito, as you may know, started his animation career at Disney in the 1950s and has worked on Clampett’s Beany & Cecil cartoons (and did many comic books and merchandising art for same), on some of the last (pre-1964) Warner Bros. cartoons and had a lengthy stay at Hanna-Barbera from the ’60s through the ’80s.

He gave me a copy of his hot-off-the-press, self-published children’s book Hello Maggie. The book is written by Shigeru Yabu and is a story taken from his childhood experiences in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. It’s a wonderfully upbeat tale about a difficult period in Japanese-American history. As far as I know, the only place you can get it (unless he hands you a freebie like he did to me) is at the Japanese American Heritage Source website. Ito is planning further publications and collaborations with Mr. Yabu through their Yabitoon Books (website to come).

  • That artwork is beautiful! Willie is a great guy and I appreciate all of the great (and hilarious) anecdotes he’s given me of working with Ken Harris, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, and Alex Lovy.

  • Hello after a long time, Willie! It’s good to see such stories be told. Best of everything with this and future projects.

  • John A

    Willie, It was an honor and a privilege to have known you and worked with you. Congratulations on the book and I hope you have a merry Christmas.

  • Willie Ito’s still got the touch.

  • Tawny Ito

    I am so proud of my Grandfather Willie. He is such a gifted artist with incredible talent and it shows in his books. He is the best!