recall anyone mentioning the passing the last week or two of I.A. "Friz"
Freleng, one of the resident geniuses of Warner Bros. Termite Terrace
animation gang. More workmanlike than the anarchic Avery, surrealism Clampett,
Dadaist Tashlin or postmodern Jones, Freleng still helped to define the
character of Bugs Bunny, came up with the Rabbit's most hostile and second-
most-obsessive foe (Yosemite Sam), and created the long-running love/hate
affair between Tweety and Sylvester.
After WB folded its animation department, he cofounded Freleng-DePatie to
produce lower-budget, more limited-animation cartoons, notably THE PINK PANTHER,
which in its early version at least, again showed what one can do with *silence*
(but by all means ignore the most recent incarnation of the Panther, in which
he is given a voice and has lost his nearly inflappable demeanor!).
Don Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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