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Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

Story: The Greatest Cartoon Writer Of All Time

Warren Foster

The other day, a discussion on cartoon writing erupted in response to recent posts on the subject in John Kricfalusi’s blog. One of John’s main points is that the golden age cartoons that we all regard as the greatest cartoons ever created were written by cartoonists as storyboards, not written in words as scripts. In support of his argument, he presented video clips of Walt Disney and Walter Lantz discussing the qualifications of the people who wrote their cartoons. (See also, Page 5 of the 1938 Disney Training Manual).

typewritertypewriterThe scriptwriters in the comments dismissed John K’s points as old fashioned and irrelevant to the current scene, while expressing respect of a general sort for the classic cartoons of the past. They claimed that it was just a matter of John’s personal tastes, not a reflection on the effectiveness of the process itself. They never seemed to address the fact that prior to 1960 stories for cartoons weren’t created and developed with words in script form- they were drawn. In listening to these arguments by current cartoon scriptwriters, I began to wonder how much they really knew about the process used to make the classic cartoons they expressed respect for. I posed a simple question…

Who was your favorite golden age cartoon writer?

It’s a fair question- one that I’ve heard animators discuss and argue about on many occasions. Surely current cartoon writers would have golden age writer heros, just like animators study golden age animators like Milt Kahl or Grim Natwick

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Disney story man, Joe Rinaldi

But none of the scriptwriters participating in the discussion could name a single golden age cartoon writer. The only names they could mention were other current scriptwriters, or novelists, journalists and live action screenwriters who worked in totally different media. They had no idea who pioneered their profession and the process these people used to create cartoons for nearly half a century. To be fair, this sort of ignorance of the history of our craft isn’t just limited to writers. I’ve heard the same sort of admissions of ignorance from producers and directors, as well as artists and animators.

Here is an example of a story by my favorite golden age story man… Warren Foster.

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After Clampett’s departure from the studio, he wrote for McKimson ("Gorilla My Dreams", "Easter Yeggs", "The Foghorn Legorn") and Freleng ("Ballot Box Bunny", "Bugs And Thugs", "Birds Anonymous"). Freleng said that Foster was the best story man he ever worked with. In the TV era, Foster wrote episodes of Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, The Jetsons and The Flintstones.

Here is a storyboard by Foster from his days at Hanna-Barbera. This is a model of clarity and simplicity, designed to meet the stringent economics imposed on TV animation at the time. This is a board from the pilot episode of The Yogi Bear Show.

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In his article, "Detour Guide For An Armchair Marco Polo", master comic strip storyteller, Milton Caniff writes…

There has been a tendency recently for artists to automatically assume they cannot write their own stories because they see so many double by-lines. I contend that any man who can invent pictures can invent situations and dialogue. In fact, it should be easier for the artist to pilot his own action because he is not likely to write himself into one of those undrawable dilemmas in manuscripts about which illustrators have complained for years. –Milton Caniff

Sound familiar?

Stephen Worth
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Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Gag Drawings: Scooper Conlon’s Scrapbook

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Cartoon by animator, Bill Nolan

Today, we had a visit from John Denos, who is a collector of portrait photography and Hollywood memorabilia. He had a treasure with him… a scrapbook of gag drawings that belonged to publicist, "Scooper" Conlon. Conlon’s career spanned the history of the golden age of Hollywood, from the early silent era all the way through the fifties. He had many friends in the business, including many famous animators. John is looking for information on the artists behind these great cartoons. If you have any pertinent details, please leave a comment below.

Scooper Conlon Scrapbook

Cartoon by Lantz animator, Bill Nolan in his retirement years

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Gag by unknown cartoonist (Bill Nolan?)

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Cartoon by Lantz director, Dick Lundy from the late 1930s

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Cartoon by MGM animator, Irv Spence dealing with Conlon’s work on "Gunga Din" (1939)

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Another by Irv Spence

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Gag by Warner Bros animator, George Grandpre, soon after he left John Sutherland Productions, and before starting his long run at Warner Bros

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Gag by unknown Disney animator

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Caricatures of the cast of "Gunga Din&quot with Conlon by MGM animator, Carl Urbano

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Gags by unknown magazine cartoonist

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Gags by Warner Bros story man, Warren Foster

Thanks to John Denos for sharing these with us!

Stephen Worth
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Biography: Warren Foster

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Birth: October 24th, 1904 in Brooklyn, New York.Death: December 13th, 1971 in San Clemente, California. 

Occupation/Title< Warren Foster was a highly regarded American writer, cartoonist, and composer. Bio Summary

Early Life/Family


Foster was educated at Brooklyn Tech and the Pratt Institute. He later joined the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)

Career Outline

Warren Foster began his career as a writer for Warner Bros. in 1938, and began his work there on a Porky Pig short, Porky in Wackyland. His work for Warner Bros. totaled nearly 171 cartoons. His more recognizable work for Warner Bros. includes Book Revenue and The Great Piggy Bank Robbery which features Daffy Duck, Catty Cornered with Sylvester the Cat, and Bugs and Thugs with Bugs Bunny. Near the end of his career with Warner Bros. in 1959, he worked on a Tweetie Pie short, Tweety Dreams. He is the composer for the Tweety bird theme song “I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat”. Foster later left the Warner Bros. studio and went to work for Hanna-Barbera. During his employment at Hanna-Barbera, he worked as a writer and cartoonist on many reputable animated programs, including The Yogi Bear Show, The Flintstones, and the feature length The Man Called Flintstone.

Comments On Style

Warren Foster displays the skills of an accomplished draftsmen and writer, as demonstrated by one of his storyboards for the pilot episode of The Yogi Bear Show. His drawings indicate quick and precise pencil strokes with little to no erasures, suggesting that he is adept at fast sketches. The frames are simple and easy to understand within seconds of viewing them. Foster also possesses a great knowledge of line weight and tone, as he is able to suggest trees apart from solid rocks with apparent ease.




During the later days of his employment at Warner Bros., Foster had written material for McKimson and Friz Freleng after Bob Clampett’s departure. Friz Freleng has apparently said that Foster was the best story man he had ever worked with.



“The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show” (1986) TV series (writer) (1986)
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! (1986) (TV) (writer)
Daffy Duck’s Movie: Fantastic Island (1983) (stories: classic cartoons)
… aka Daffy Duck’s Fantastic Island (USA: short title)
Bugs Bunny’s 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales (1982) (stories: classic cartoons)
… aka Bugs Bunny’s 1001 Rabbit Tales (USA: short title)
The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981) (stories: classic cartoons)
… aka Friz Freleng’s Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
The Bugs Bunny Mother’s Day Special (1979) (TV) (stories: classic cartoons)
Bugs Bunny’s Valentine (1979) (TV) (writer)
… aka Bugs Bunny’s Cupid Capers (USA: video title)
“The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show” (1978) TV series (writer) (1978)
Bugs Bunny’s Thanksgiving Diet (1978) (TV) (stories: classic cartoons)
Bugs Bunny’s Howl-Oween Special (1978) (TV) (stories: classic cartoons)
“The Atom Ant Show” (1967) TV series (writer)
The Man Called Flintstone (1966) (additional story material)
“The Flintstones” (41 episodes, 1960-1966)
– The Long, Long, Long Weekend (1966) TV episode (writer)
– Christmas Flintstone (1964) TV episode (writer)
– Cave Scout Jamboree (1964) TV episode (writer)
– Daddies Anonymous (1963) TV episode (writer)
– Little Bamm-Bamm (1963) TV episode (writer)
(36 more)
“The Secret Squirrel Show” (1965) TV series (writer)
“The Hillbilly Bears” (1965) TV series (writer)
“The Peter Potamus Show” (1964) TV series (writer) (1964)
“The Magilla Gorilla Show” (1964) TV series (unknown episodes, 1964)
Hey There, It’s Yogi Bear (1964) (writer)
Devil’s Feud Cake (1963) (story)
“The Jetsons” (1 episode, 1962)
– Elroy’s TV Show (1962) TV episode (writer)
“The Bugs Bunny Show” (1 episode, 1962)
– A Star Is Bored (1962) TV episode (stories)
Kooky Loopy (1961) (written by)
Two Faced Wolf (1961) (story)
Happy Go Loopy (1961) (story)
“The Yogi Bear Show” (1961) TV series (unknown episodes)
Count Down Clown (1961) (story)
The Do-Good Wolf (1960) (story)
Creepy Time Pal (1960) (story)
Life with Loopy (1960) (written by)
Tweet Dreams (1959) (story)
“Quick Draw McGraw” (1959) TV series (writer)
A Broken Leghorn (1959) (story)
Wild and Woolly Hare (1959) (story)
Tweet and Lovely (1959) (story)
Mexicali Shmoes (1959) (story)
Apes of Wrath (1959) (story)
Trick or Tweet (1959) (story)
“The Huckleberry Hound Show” (1958) TV series (unknown episodes)
A Bird in a Bonnet (1958) (story)
“Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks” (1958) TV series (writer)
Knighty Knight Bugs (1958) (story)
A Waggily Tale (1958) (story)
A Pizza Tweety-Pie (1958) (story)
Hare-Less Wolf (1958) (story)
Gonzales’ Tamales (1957) (story)
Show Biz Bugs (1957) (story)
Greedy for Tweety (1957) (story)
Bugsy and Mugsy (1957) (story)
Birds Anonymous (1957) (story)
Piker’s Peak (1957) (story)
Tweety and the Beanstalk (1957) (story)
Tweet Zoo (1957) (story)
Three Little Bops (1957) (story)
Yankee Dood It (1956) (story)
A Star Is Bored (1956) (story)
Tugboat Granny (1956) (story)
Napoleon Bunny-Part (1956) (story)
The Unexpected Pest (1956) (story)
Tree Cornered Tweety (1956) (story)
Rabbitson Crusoe (1956) (story)
Tweet and Sour (1956) (story)
Too Hop to Handle (1956) (story)
Pappy’s Puppy (1955) (story)
Heir-Conditioned (1955) (story)
Roman Legion-Hare (1955) (story)
Red Riding Hoodwinked (1955) (story)
Speedy Gonzales (1955) (story)
Hyde and Hare (1955) (story)
A Kiddies Kitty (1955) (story)
This Is a Life? (1955) (story)
Lumber Jerks (1955) (story)
Tweety’s Circus (1955) (story)
Hare Brush (1955) (story)
Sahara Hare (1955) (story)
Stork Naked (1955) (story)
Pests for Guests (1955) (story)
Pizzicato Pussycat (1955) (story)
By Word of Mouse (1954) (story)
Goo Goo Goliath (1954) (story)
Yankee Doodle Bugs (1954) (story)
Satan’s Waitin’ (1954) (story)
Muzzle Tough (1954) (story)
Dr. Jerkyl’s Hide (1954) (story)
Bugs and Thugs (1954) (story)
Captain Hareblower (1954) (story)
I Gopher You (1954) (story)
Dog Pounded (1954) (story)
Sandy Claws (1954) (story)
Robot Rabbit (1953) (story)
Of Rice and Hen (1953) (story)
Catty Cornered (1953) (story)
A Street Cat Named Sylvester (1953) (story)
Tom Tom Tomcat (1953) (writer)
Hare Trimmed (1953) (story)
Ant Pasted (1953) (story)
Southern Fried Rabbit (1953) (story)
Fowl Weather (1953) (story)
A Mouse Divided (1953) (story)
Snow Business (1953) (story)
Hare Lift (1952) (story)
Tree for Two (1952) (story)
A Bird in a Guilty Cage (1952) (story)
Cracked Quack (1952) (story)
Ain’t She Tweet (1952) (story)
Little Red Rodent Hood (1952) (story)
Foxy by Proxy (1952) (story)
Gift Wrapped (1952) (story)
14 Carrot Rabbit (1952) (story)
Tweet Tweet Tweety (1951) (story)
Dog Collared (1951) (story)
Ballot Box Bunny (1951) (story)
Tweety’s S.O.S. (1951) (story)
His Hare Raising Tale (1951) (story)
Leghorn Swoggled (1951) (story)
Room and Bird (1951) (story)
Early to Bet (1951) (story)
The Fair Haired Hare (1951) (story)
Corn Plastered (1951) (story)
Putty Tat Trouble (1951) (story)
Canned Feud (1951) (story)
A Fox in a Fix (1951) (story)
Hare We Go (1951) (story)
Bushy Hare (1950) (story)
Pop ‘im Pop! (1950) (story)
A Fractured Leghorn (1950) (story)
It’s Hummer Time (1950) (story)
What’s Up Doc? (1950) (story)
An Egg Scramble (1950) (story)
The Leghorn Blows at Midnight (1950) (story)
Strife with Father (1950) (story)
Boobs in the Woods (1950) (story)
Hurdy-Gurdy Hare (1950) (story)
Hippety Hopper (1949) (story)
Swallow the Leader (1949) (story)
The Windblown Hare (1949) (story)
The Grey Hounded Hare (1949) (story)
Henhouse Henery (1949) (story)
Rebel Rabbit (1949) (story)
Daffy Duck Hunt (1949) (story)
Paying the Piper (1949) (story)
A Horsefly Fleas (1948) (writer)
A-Lad-in His Lamp (1948) (story)
The Foghorn Leghorn (1948) (writer)
Hot Cross Bunny (1948) (story)
The Shell Shocked Egg (1948) (writer)
The Up-Standing Sitter (1948) (story)
Hop, Look and Listen (1948) (story)
Daffy Duck Slept Here (1948) (story)
Gorilla My Dreams (1948) (story)
Crowing Pains (1947) (writer)
Easter Yeggs (1947) (story)
Hobo Bobo (1947) (writer)
Birth of a Notion (1947) (writer)
One Meat Brawl (1947) (writer)
The Mouse-Merized Cat (1946) (writer)
The Big Snooze (1946) (uncredited)
Walky Talky Hawky (1946) (writer)
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946) (story)
Acrobatty Bunny (1946) (story)
Hollywood Canine Canteen (1946) (story)
Daffy Doodles (1946) (writer)
Hare Remover (1946) (story)
Baby Bottleneck (1946) (story)
Book Revue (1946) (story)
… aka Book Review
Nasty Quacks (1945) (story)
Wagon Heels (1945) (uncredited)
A Tale of Two Mice (1945) (writer)
A Gruesome Twosome (1945) (story)
The Stupid Cupid (1944) (writer)
Booby Hatched (1944) (writer)
Plane Daffy (1944) (story)
Birdy and the Beast (1944) (story)
Swooner Crooner (1944) (uncredited)
Tick Tock Tuckered (1944) (writer)
Puss n’ Booty (1943) (story)
Falling Hare (1943) (story)
Tin Pan Alley Cats (1943) (story)
The Wise Quacking Duck (1943) (story)
Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943) (story)
Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943) (story)
A Tale of Two Kitties (1942) (writer)
The Hep Cat (1942) (writer)
Eatin’ on the Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner (1942) (story)
… aka Eatin’ on the Cuff (USA: short title)
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942) (story)
Wacky Blackout (1942) (story)
Nutty News (1942) (story)
The Wacky Wabbit (1942) (story)
Porky’s Pooch (1941) (story)
The Henpecked Duck (1941) (story)
Meet John Doughboy (1941) (story)
Porky’s Snooze Reel (1941) (story)
The Sour Puss (1940) (story)
Patient Porky (1940) (story)
Pilgrim Porky (1940) (story)
Porky’s Last Stand (1940) (story)
Naughty Neighbors (1939) (story)
Wise Quacks (1939) (story)
Polar Pals (1939) (story)
Porky’s Tire Trouble (1939) (story)
Porky’s Naughty Nephew (1938) (story)
Porky in Wackyland (1938) (uncredited)


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