Rudolf Ising

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Rudolf Ising
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Ising, circa 1930s
Born August 7, 1903
Kansas City, Missouri
Died July 18, 1992
Newport Beach, California
Cause of death Cancer
Nationality American
Occupation(s) Animator
Crew credits Looney Tunes
Merrie Melodies
Years active at Harmin-Ising 19291933

Rudolf Carl Ising, Sr. (August 7, 1903 – July 18, 1992) was an American animator, director and producer. He is known for making cartoons for Warner Bros. and his collaboration with partner Hugh Harman. During their tenure at Warner Bros. under producer Leon Schlesinger, the two co-created 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 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 of cancer on July 18, 1992.