Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004
Model sheet artist at Schlesinger’s during the late 1930s. It was Thorson who drew the model sheet for the Cal Dalton and Ben “Bugs” Hardaway cartoon Hare-um Scare-um (1939), which featured a rabbit labeled, ungrammatically, as “Bug’s Bunny”. It is this model sheet which forms the basis for the argument, in my view, that Hare-um Scare-um was the first Bugs Bunny cartoon. (See also “Creation” & “Development”.)
Chuck Jones notes in Funnyworld #13 that Thorson had also designed Hiawatha for the Disney studio.