Monday, March 21, 2011

Chatting with Art Leonardi -- Part I

TAG Interview with Art Leonardi

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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.


Anonymous said...

Art looks exactly as he did 20 years ago!

Anonymous said...

Here's the 'With Six You Get Eggroll' titles Art mentions. It's great to hear how some of this was done. And it's interesting that it appears to be yet another example where one person gets to dine out on the work of another, which happens pretty often in animation.

Brubaker said...

Art has tons of great stories about DePatie-Freleng. Nice to hear an interview from him.

FYI the guy Art refused to name re: With Six You Get Eggroll is Corny Cole.

Chris Sobieniak said...

I suppose that first cartoon Art worked on he mentioned was "Rebel Without Claws". Just mentioning that here.

Anonymous said...

Mr Leonardi this is Garrett Ross from tallahassee Florida. I am a Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies fan and I have a few quections for you.

Did your Tweety cartoon you animated with Virgil Ross, Gerry Chiniquy, Bob Matz and Lee Halpern get canceled out off theaters becausr of Milt Franklyn the music score of the cartoon who composed the music for the cartoon for the first two minutes. However after those first two miniutes He Died from heart failure and somehow David H. DePatie hired William Lava to finnish the score during when it was being launched in theaters . Was that cartoon canceled out of theaters. Email me back . Thanks

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