Friz Freleng

August 21, 1906 – May 26, 1995

Legendary, Academy Award winning animator, Isadore Freleng – known to his friends as “Friz” – was responsible for the creation and/or development of some of the most recognizable American cartoon characters of all time: Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety, Yosemite Sam among others. Freleng grew up in Kansas City where he worked with other soon-to-be pioneers and legends like Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks before eventually and inevitably making the move to Hollywood. After a brief move to New York, Freleng was enticed back to California by friends Rudolph Ising and Hugh Harmon to begin working for Warner Bros. and their Looney Tunes shorts. Friz went on to direct more than 250 cartoons for Warner Bros. He brought an extensive knowledge of music to his cartoons and used musical timing as accent and jokes in a way that distinguished his shorts from the other Looney Tunes directors at the time. Post-Warner Bros., Freleng teamed up with David DePatie to create a number of cartoons including their biggest success, The Pink Panther. Freleng remained involved in all things Looney Tunes for the rest of his life. He oversaw compilations and new cartoons well into his 80s. He died at the age of 88 in L.A.

Burial

Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Canaan Garden Mausoleum, Crypt E249; to the left (west) of the center of this section on an east-facing wall, Friz is buried 2 rows up and 2 spaces from the left (southern) edge.

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