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Ising, Rudolph (or Rudolf)

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

(b. 1903)

    Interesting journeyman animator during the formative years of big-studio animation. Ising started out at Disney in the mid-1920s, eventually leaving partly because of his habit of falling asleep on the job. In 1929 he teamed up with Hugh Harman to produce a pilot film featuring Bosko, which won them the financial backing of Leon Schlesinger to produce cartoons for Warner Brothers distribution starting in 1930.

    Between 1930 and 1933, Harman and Ising developed both the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series. Ising focused mostly on the Merrie Melodies. These early series set the stage for the later success of the studio. Sharing the ambitions of Harman for higher-budget work -- an ambition that Schlesinger did not support -- Harman and Ising broke with Schlesinger and moved to MGM, where the two worked until the early 1940s. Ising joined the 18th Air Force Base Unit (First Motion Picture Unit) as a major, helping produce animation for the war effort during World War II.

    Ising appears briefly in live action for the pilot film, Bosko The Talk-Ink Kid (1929).

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