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Washam, Ben

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 24, 2004

    Long-time animator in Jones’ unit whose talents complemented those of his colleague Ken Harris. Jones, in the first volume of his autobiography, pens a warm and moving tribute to Washam. Washam was one of the Jones staffers who followed him to MGM to work on the Tom and Jerry series there after the closure of the Warner Brothers animation Studio. Unlike Harris, Abe Levitow and Maurice Noble of the Jones unit, Washam did not get a chance to direct at Warner Brothers. He did go on to direct cartoons at MGM.

    A native of Arkansas, Washam was allegedly the source of the famous Daffy Duck line in Duck Amuck (Jones, 1953), “Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin!”

    Along with Sid Marcus, Washam received story credit for Gone Batty (McKimson, 1954).

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