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An Academy Tribute to Tex Avery and Michael Maltese


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay tribute to Tex Avery and Michael Maltese, both born a century ago in early 1908, on Monday March 24th at the Linwood Dunn Theatre (on Vine Street) in Hollywood. If we have to tell you who Avery and Maltese are, you shouldn’t be reading this website.

Crossing paths at the Leon Schlesinger studio in the 1930s and 40s, their collaborations and later individual career achievements are among the greatest moments in animation history. The Academy’s tribute, entitled Putting Looney in the Toons, includes some of the classic shorts Avery and Maltese worked on together, as well as separately from their individual careers. The program will also feature audio presentations of rare recorded interviews with both Avery and Maltese discussing their careers with film historian Joe Adamson.

Tickets are available for advance purchase beginning next Monday (3/3). General admission is $5.00 ($3. for students). The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine Street, in Hollywood. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For additional information check the Academy website.

  • Two very talented gentleman!

  • i remember buying, adoring, & cherishing the Adamson/Avery book….from the mid-70s!! I wish to hell I could meet him, TOO!

  • D. Follower

    “…some of the classic shorts…” As far as I know, there’s only one short that the two men worked on together (at least to the point of title card acknowledgment): The Legend of Rockabye Point. I also seem to recall that Maltese was never in Avery’s Termite Terrace unit. Can any of the very knowledgeable readers here tell me if I’m missing something?

  • D. Follower: Maltese wrote several Avery cartoons at Schlesinger’s (Warner Bros.) in the early 1940s including THE HECKLING HARE and ALOHA HOOEY.

  • Joel Brinkerhoff

    At last someone is giving Maltese some recognition. Jones hardly did.

  • I believe The Cagey Canary was another Tex and Mike collaboration. As was Crazy Cruise (although Bob Clampett shares the credit on that one).

    Oh, Jerry, I also posted a link to that site on the Tex Avery facebook group.

  • precode

    Actually, 1908 was a banner year for animation: Mel Blanc, Shamus Culhane, George Pal, Joe Grant, Mae Questel, Seymour Kneitel, Jack Zander, Myron Waldman, Cal Dalton and Raymond Scott were also born that year. We’ll be saluting as many as we can at a special program at Cinecon this year.

  • D. Follower

    Thank you, Jerry. And the IMDB shows them for Heckling Hare as well. So much for believing things you read on the internet (I could swear I picked up the misinformed “only collaboration on record” from one of the Woody Woodpecker DVD set reviews).

    I don’t comment much here, so I guess I should take this time to compliment you on all the good work you’re doing (advising and commenting on Warner’s classic animation releases, running the site, and of course Cartoon Dump). Any chance of more CD downloads on anytime soon…?

  • Mr. Semaj

    “At last someone is giving Maltese some recognition. Jones hardly did.”

    Jones gave Maltese a mini-biography in “Chuck Amuck”.

  • PCUnfunny

    I am surprised Maltese is getting honored. It’s usually just the directors who get recoginition.