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Hawley Pratt
Born June 9, 1911(1911-06-09)
Seattle, Washington
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Died March 2, 1999 (aged 87)
Thousand Oaks, California
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Years active 1939-1972

Hawley Pratt (June 9, 1911—March 2, 1999) was an American film director, animator, and illustrator. He is best known for his work during the heyday of Warner Bros. Cartoons and as the right-hand man of director Friz Freleng as a layout artist and later as a director. Pratt also worked for Walt Disney Studios, Filmation, and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises where he co-created The Pink Panther.


Early life and career

Raised in New York City, Pratt graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He became an artist at Walt Disney Studios in the 1930s before joining Warner Bros. Cartoons. There he served as a layout artist providing background layouts and character poses from 1945 to the early 1960s. Working closely with director Friz Freleng, Pratt's Warner Bros. resume includes the Oscar-winning cartoons Tweetie Pie, which introduced the duo of Sylvester and Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, where Freleng and Pratt redesigned the character into his modern incarnation, and Birds Anonymous.

Pratt later joined Freleng at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises where they created the Pink Panther character; although, Pratt is often solely credited for the famous character's creation. While there, he directed (or co-directed) all episodes of The Pink Panther Show. Pratt's directorial effort in the 1966 short The Pink Blueprint won him an Oscar nomination. His other directorial works also include three Roland and Ratfink shorts, The Super 6, and three Dr. Seuss television specials: The Cat in the Hat and Dr. Seuss on the Loose, and The Lorax. Pratt also served as associate director and animator of the 1964 film The Incredible Mr. Limpet.

Pratt's skills also had him illustrating several Little Golden Books and Big Golden Books. His decorated career finally came to an end in the 1972.[1]



  1. ^ Animation World News Animated World Magazine Issue 4.1 (April 1999). Retrieved on 2-03-09.

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