Brown, Tregoweth (“Treg”)

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on January 30, 2004

    Sound-effects wizard for decades at the Warner Brothers cartoon studio -- starting in 1934 -- who was greatly admired and appreciated by the artists. (See the tribute by a grateful Chuck Jones in Chuck Amuck, pp. 190-1.) Billed, for some reason, as “Film Editor” when he was credited at all.

    Brown had held a variety of jobs before his tenure at the cartoon studio, including a stint as a guitarist and vocalist for Red Nichols and His Five Pennies.

    Brown won an Oscar for his sound effects for The Great Race (1965).

    Brown received a tribute in One Froggy Evening (Jones, 1955): the building in which the hapless construction worker deposits Michigan J. Frog, and from which the Frog is retrieved by a 21st century construction worker, is named the Tregoweth Brown Building. Fish and Slips (McKimson, 1962) also refers to Treg Brown as the fisherman featured in a TV news clip.

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