Hugh Harman

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Hugh Harman
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Harman, circa 1930s
Born August 31, 1903
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Died November 25, 1982
Chatsworth, California
Nationality American
Occupation(s) Animator
Crew credits Looney Tunes
Merrie Melodies
Years active at Harmin-Ising 19291933

Hugh Harman (August 31, 1903 – November 25, 1982) was an American animator, director and producer. He is known for making cartoons for Warner Bros. and his collaboration with fellow animator Rudolf Ising. During their tenure at Warner Bros. under producer Leon Schlesinger, the two started production of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical shorts in 1930 and 1931, respectively. The two also created the character Bosko, who starred in the Looney Tunes shorts until 1933.

Following a number of clashes with Schlesinger over budgets, Harman and Ising left WB and signed a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1934 to start a new series of cartoons, Happy Harmonies. When the new Happy Harmonies series went over-budget in 1937, MGM fired Harman and Ising and established its own in-house studio, which was founded and headed by Fred Quimby. However, they were hired back after the failure of its first projects, and stayed with the company until 1943.

Harman died after a long illness on November 25, 1982.