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Art Leonardi broke into the entertainment business by painting live-action sets at M-G-M. But he was aiming at the world of animation ...
Art took his sketches of Tom and Jerry to Bill Hannah on the Metro lot, and received a quick brush off. Undaunted, he went on drawing, and a few years later, landed an in-betweener's job at Warner Bros. Animation.
From that humble beginning Mr. Leonardi rose steadily upwards, becoming an animator, then a director, and building a long, creative career in cartoons.
We talked in the conference room at the Animation Guild.