Warner Bros. Animators ID

Cartoon Research continues….

Earlier this week we posted about a vintage Leon Schlesinger studio program for a Christmas play starring animator Harold Soldinger. Shortly after that post, I received an email from Soldinger’s son Steven. He’s been trying to communicate with people who knew his father, and I put him in touch with Martha Sigall.

Steven sent Martha a vintage photo (below left, which he obtained from the indispensable Michael Barrier) of his dad with some the Looney Tunes artists at a Christmas party and asked her to identify anyone she could. Steven and Martha have allowed me to share this pic with our cartoon-loving readership. Click thumbnails below to see photos at full size. Martha says:

“The people in the picture with the Christmas tree are left top row: Harold Soldinger, Warren Batchelder. The fellow he has his arms around, I don’t know. And, left of him is Bob Matz. Right of him is Fred Jones. Then, Herman Cohen. Leaning on Herman is Paul Smith. Mike Maltese has the paper hat and beard. Next to him is Lloyd Vaughn and Lee Halpern. I don’t know the fellow who is playing the priest.”

UPDATE: Additional identification has been confirmed. Top row, Harold Soldinger, Les Larson (the priest), Mike Maltese, Paul Smith (bending over), Lloyd Vaughan, Lee Halpern.
Bottom row; Warren Batchelder, Chuck McKimson, Bob Matz, Fred Jones, Herman Cohen. The photo was taken in 1938.


  • http://www.pitchbibles.blogspot.com Steve Schnier

    Martha Sigal seems to be a lovely person. Its very nice of her to give of her time and expertise to help with the research. I hope you guys treat her to the occasional nice lunch.

  • http://web.me.com/work_ Kennedy of wORK

    Good Bay Brew Masters:
    What a treat! Just got back from running and checked this out. Thank you Steven and Martha for allowing this to be shared. I think I’ll watch some Charlie Dog shorts, before I head off to school.

    Many Thanks-

  • http://thisisonlya.blogspot.com robcat2075

    Now I’m curious about that “Twenty Grand” painting obscured in the background.

  • http://deosanimation.com Chris Allard

    Thank you Jerry, Martha and Steven for this post-I read Martha’s book and reread it, its filled with great stories of animation past.

  • jordan reichek

    It’s amazing to realize how fragile this first hand information has become. When I first got into animation in the early 90s, the living population from animation’s pre and golden age was large and kicking. So much great experience was mined from this group…I wonder though, can we ever get enough? The past decade has seen so many halo and harp up to the Pearly Gates. Appreciate stories like this….they’re pure gold!

  • http://yowpyowp.blogspot.com Don M. Yowp

    Any indication when this picture was taken? I don’t know all the comings and goings (specifically Smith and Cohen) but I suppose it’s some time in the late ’30s.

  • joe s

    what a great post. the internet is serving its purpose. keep up the research jerry.

  • Grayson Ponti

    I read Martha’s autobiography and it was pretty great. BTW Jerry I’m now reading Of Mice and Magic for the third time and can’t get enough of it.