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Harry Love

Animator Harry Love died Feb. 27 of a massive heart attack in Burbank. He was 85.

Love’s career began in 1929 at Charles Mintz Studios in New York, where he animated and directed many “Krazy Kat” episodes. In 1932, he moved to Los Angeles with the studio when it became Screen Gems Studios.

After 16 years with Screen Gems, he worked at Walt Disney Studios for three years. He then moved to Warner Bros. Studios in the early ’50s, where he worked on such classics as “Bugs Bunny,” “Porky Pig” and “Merrie Melodies.” He also worked as a production coordinator on “The Incredible Mr. Limpet.”

In 1962, when Warner Bros. closed its animation department, Love worked for six years with Friz Freleng and Dave DePatie on such series as “The Pink Panther” and “Doctor Dolittle,” and the Dr. Seuss specials “The Cat in the Hat” and “The Lorax.”

He then worked at Bakshi-Krantz Prods. as a production coordinator on the features “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat” and “Heavy Traffic.”

Love later moved to Hanna-Barbera, where he worked for 14 years until his retirement.

Love is survived by several nieces and a nephew.

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