|Heck Allen, Tex Avery's story man, in 1953. He stands outside the MGM animation building. This and many others are from Michael Barrier's indispensable animation history blog .|
Ed gave his slides and other photographs to Michael Barrier for inclusion in his book of animation history, "Hollywood Cartoons". They didn't make it in then, but happily can now be enjoyed gratis thanks to Mike's posting them here:
Michael Barrier's unpublished color photographs of Tex Avery's unit, taken by Ed Benedict.
Even in their early-fifties sartorial splendor of coats and ties, color seems to make the subjects younger, livelier, more real than is usually the case(I'm sure posing for their buddy Benedict didn't hurt either). But what really jolted me from out of the past was the portrait of lanky Heck Allen, gagman extraordinaire, pictured above. The only thing that distinguishes him from story guys walking down the hall from me today is the crease in his pants. History repeats itself-in some things, at least.
And here's the man himself, Tex Avery, from that same collection on Barrier's site. Look at that high stack of scripts-or script notes-or annoying memos from Quimby on the desk. And what's in those boxes to his right?
Go, go, go right away and look and read what else Mike's been posting. I promise you, if you have a real interest in animation history-Disney, Warner Bros, golden age comics-you'll be glad you did. I always am.
You learn something new everyday! Nice article!
Sweet post. Yes, I do visit Michael Barrier's site often. What a treasure trove of pics and info!
I had the exact same thought on seeing the photo of Heck Allen on Barrier's site last week.
These are truly incredible photos! I'll definitely check out Barrier's site, thank you so very much!
Tex's two children appear in the wall photo on the photo's right side. Tragic that his son died young and his embittered daughter ended up selling out Tex's rep for a few bucks, attaching his name to the ruinous "Tex Avery Theater", expelled by DIC.
These pictures were fantastic. I agree.
From the things I've read about Heck Allen, it sounds like he wasn't really that funny. I believe he said that himself(*I know, that's being humble) But he was always dumbfounded why Tex kept him around. Guess it's a clear case of "personality compatibility". Tex wouldn't want someone around that's AS funny as him ;) Makes sense.
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