Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Genius of Tex Avery

Fred "Tex" Avery (1908-1980) was a comic genius. The entire world of animation owes a debt to him...not to mention any comedian from the last 70 years. Tex was an incredible gag man and had impeccable comic timing. Without him we wouldnt have the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, or Droopy Dog. He did amazing things at his time at Warner Brothers (1935-1942)but most of his talent went into his run at MGM (1942-1954). Tex was always against Walt Disney's animation philosophy of "illusion of life" and strove to make a cartoon a cartoon, stretching the artform to its wackiest limits. Here's just a taste of his awesomeness.

Until next time,
Brian James Fichtner

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