Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 5, 2004
Long-time animator with the studio through the 1930s and 1940s, Dalton teamed up with Ben “Bugs” Hardaway as a co-director in the late 1930s, during the period when Friz Freleng left Warner Brothers for MGM. Dalton’s best-known cartoon with Hardaway is Hare-Um Scare-Um (1939), which features an early prototype of Bugs Bunny. Dalton also teamed up with Cal Howard to direct two cartoons, Porky’s Phoney Express and A Lad In Bagdad (both 1938). Dalton would continue animating for Tashlin, during his second directorship, and later for Tashlin’s successor, Robert McKimson in cartoons such as Hollywood Canine Canteen (1946). Dalton also received story credit for The Sneezing Weasel (Avery, 1938).
Dalton may be the “Cal” referred to in the list of pigeons on the blackboard in Plane Daffy (Tashlin, 1944). Dalton animated for Tashlin during this era, receiving animating credit for Puss ’n’ Booty (1943). “Dirty Dalton” is one of the dogs listed in Bosko’s Dog Race (Harman/Ising, 1932).