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Tex Avery 102

Friday will mark Tex Avery’s 102st birthday. To commemorate, the students of North Dallas High School, Avery’s alma mater, the place where Avery picked up the “What’s Up, Doc?” tagline he later gave to Bugs Bunny, are decorating the halls of the school with a mural of characters he created.

In another tribute to Avery’s genius, I highly recommend the latest post by Chris Lopez on his ComicsCrazy blog. Chris has posted over 40 vinatge MGM model sheets from various Avery classics: Lucky Ducky, Little Tinker, Bad Luck Blackie etc. The one above is from Screwball Squirrel, drawn by Claude Smith.

(Thanks, Oliver Coombes, Kevin Kidney and Peter Kurilecz)

  • Christopher Cook

    Excellent Avery model sheets. Too bad some of Red from the Red Riding Hood shorts weren’t put up, but Fifi (from “The Flea Circus”) will suffice.

  • Kevin Martinez

    And his shorts aren’t available on DVD. That’s probably the greatest argument for the public domain one could ever make.

  • Daev

    Oh, that’s Johnny Cash’s birthday too. Ain’t no grave, baby.

  • Dock Miles

    “Tex Avery’s 102st birthday”

    Of course they could have been aware and done this two years ago. Class of 1926 and class of 1970, Tex and I went to the same sort of Western cowboy high schools: lame.

  • Andrew Leal

    Yeah, 100th birthday sounds better. Outside of a complete Droopy, some Avery shorts are on DVD, but only on scattered select Warner Bros. DVDs of old WB/MGM movies, and many of those are out of print now.

    Meanwhile, Amazon informed me that “King Arthur and the Knights of Justice: The Complete Animated Series” will be out in March. What a world.

  • The mural of Mr.Avery’s work is one way to honor him..but..?

    I like the idea of setting up and displaying his model sheets of

    cartoon characters much better.

    That way..the fans of old movie cartoons can see the creation and

    development of those classic cartoon characters.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Pretty neat seeing the murals (though I’m not sure if I could go for the pic showing Bugs next to his “baby” counterpart, Lola Bunny and that guy from Loonatics, but eh…). Wonder how long will they stay up for? I went to a high school that had a really trippy one in the cafeteria that was made in the mid 70’s that got painted over during the sophomore year there. I was pissed I didn’t even have the chance to take photos of it beforehand.

  • Greetings from Chile. We love Tex!

  • Joe Adamson

    Tex Avery did not die of lung cancer. People can go on saying it, but that doesn’t make it true. Wikipedia says it, but it has many such errors, due to its “too many cooks” policy. Tex Avery died of inoperable liver cancer, which he knew nothing about until he was admitted to the hospital in Burbank across the street from the Disney studio, where other such fables have been spun. It happened in 1980, and nothing anyone says today can change the facts. I wanted to visit him in the hospital, but he died so fast, I never got the chance. Had it been lung cancer (which my father died of), it wouldn’t have happened this way. This also happened to Donald Hutter, the official editor of the BUGS BUNNY book.

    (PS – Nor did Tex ever direct a cartoon with Foghorn Leghorn. His cartoons of the 1930s are not particularly fast-paced. None of his cartoons ever got on TV till the mid-1950s. But, as Leonard once said of Joseph Mankiewicz, “You could do the whole afternoon like that.”)

  • Nightmare Is Near

    Tex Avery was awesome. Remember that one April Fools Day on CN where they played that one Screwball Squirrel cartoon over and over and over again.

  • Nice post Jerry. And great idea by the school!

    They should go one step further though. Create a statue! Even if small in scale. Tex was instrumental in the history of the comedic cartoon medium. Even though his cartoons weren’t necessarily geared towards young kids back then, a school can still stand up and appreciate and commemorate an alumni who achieved great things.

    And thanks to Joe Adamson for the facts. As i’m currently reading many books on Tex, it’s great to go into the mind of a comedic animation director. He was truly one of a kind.

    He’s sorely missed today. Rest in peace Tex.

    PS – George and Junior (*and Spike) are probably my favourite character designs. Beautiful proportions.. and just FUNNY, period!

  • To add, the school should (*if they can) permanently put on display Tex’s “high school yearbook” drawings. That would make a great artist/school connection. I wonder if those drawings are still around..