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Scott, William (“Bill”)

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Story writer for Arthur Davis in the late 1940s, usually teamed with Lloyd Turner. Credits, all directed by Davis and co-written with Turner:

        Doggone Cats (1948)
        What Makes Daffy Duck? (1948)
        Bone Sweet Bone (1948)
        Riff Raffy Daffy (1948)
        The Stupor Salesman (1948)
        A Hick, A Slick, and A Chick (1948)
        Two Gophers From Texas (1948)
        Porky Chops (1949)
        Bowery Bugs (1949)

    It is said that when Scott went to work at Warners, he told his grandmother that he was writing scripts for Bugs Bunny. Her reply to that was reporteldy “Why? He’s funny enough just as he is.” (Adamson, Fifty Years & Only One Grey Hare, pg. 13).

    Scott had a varied and active career both before and after his Warner Brothers tenure. He is probably best known as the co-producer, head writer and voice of Bullwinkle J. Moose from the early 1960s. However, Scott was also involved with George of the Jungle, which he co-produced in the late 1960s, and Crusader Rabbit in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Scott also had an active career with UPA in the 1950s working on, among other things, The Gerald McBoing-Boing Show, as well as the adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) which won an Academy Award and was directed by Bobe Cannon. Prior to his stint at Warners, Scott had been in the First Motion Picture Unit along with animators like Herb Klynn, a founder of UPA, Phil Monroe, Rudy Ising, John Hubley (also a UPA stalwart), as well as many others.

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