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Norman McCabe
Born February 10, 1911(1911-02-10)
England
Died January 17, 2006 (aged 94)
Los Angeles, California
Years active 1934-1999

Norman McCabe (February 10, 1911— January 17, 2006) was an American animator who enjoyed a long career which lasted into the 1990s.

McCabe was born in England and raised in the United States. In the mid-1930s, he joined Leon Schlesinger Productions (which produced cartoons for Warner Bros.) as an animator in Frank Tashlin's unit. He moved over to Bob Clampett's unit in 1938 where he animated and/or co-directed several classic black and white Looney Tunes. When Tex Avery left Schlesinger in 1941, Clampett took over Avery's unit and McCabe took over Clampett's old unit. In 1943, McCabe was drafted into the Army and was assigned to the Army Air Corps Training Film Unit. In his final Warner cartoon before he left (a black and white WWII-era cartoon called Tokio Jokio), he was billed as "Cpl. Norman McCabe."

After the war, McCabe worked on commercial illustrations for such works as the Bozo the Clown children's storybook records[1] and educational films. He returned to animation in 1963 joining DePatie-Freleng where he worked on the titles for the feature film The Pink Panther. McCabe animated at DePatie-Freleng working on Pink Panther cartoons as well as Warner Bros. cartoons. He also directed made for TV cartoons at DePatie-Freleng. McCabe moved to the Filmation animation studio in 1967 working on several Saturday Morning cartoon series. He returned to theatrical animation with the adult animated feature film Fritz the Cat in 1972 before returning to DePatie-Freleng where he animated until the end of the 1970s. In the 1980s, McCabe returned to Warner Bros. where he worked on new animation for Warner cartoon feature film anthologies. He also trained a new generation of animators in working with the classic Warner cartoon characters. In 2006, McCabe died, being the last surviving director from the golden age of Warner Bros. Cartoons.

Even though McCabe's work was largely forgotten because he never made color cartoons during the golden age of Warner Bros. cartoons and created several cartoons that would not be considered "politically correct" due to heavy racial stereotyping (particularly true in his World War II-based cartoons, such as The Ducktators, Confusions of a Nutzy Spy, and Tokio Jokio), he won recognition and accolades from those in the animation business.

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