Warner Bros. Cartoons

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Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc., previously known as Leon Schlesinger Productions, was an American animation studio founded in 1933 by producer Leon Schlesinger, and served as an in-house cartoon division for Warner Bros. during the Golden Age of American Animation. They were primarily responsible for creating the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of theatrical shorts, which included widely recognizable characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig among others. Many of the creative staff members at the studio, including directors and animators such as Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson, Tex Avery, Robert Clampett, Arthur Davis, and Frank Tashlin, are considered major figures in the art and history of traditional animation.

Initially an independent studio until 1944, Schlesinger sold the studio to Warner Bros. that year, after which the Warner Bros. Cartoons name was adopted. The studio closed in 1963, and Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were subsequently subcontracted to Freleng's DePatie–Freleng Enterprises studio from 1964 to 1967. Under Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, the studio was re-opened as Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Animation before closing again in 1969. It was succeeded by Warner Bros. Animation, which was established in 1980.



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