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Animator Rudy Larriva dies at 94

Worked on classic WB 'Looney Tunes' series

Rudy Larriva, who as an animator and cartoon director for nearly six decades with stints at Warner Bros. Cartoons and UPA, died Feb. 19 in Irvine, Calif. He was 94.

Larriva worked on classic WB series including “Looney Toons,” “Elmer’s Pet Rabbit” and “Porky’s Cafe” as well as Disney’s “Song of the South” and King Ent.’s “Popeye the Sailor.”

Born in El Paso, Texas, he started in animation with Warner’s 1939 “Dog Gone Modern,” directed by Chuck Jones. Larriva worked as an animator and later a director for Warner Bros., United Prods. of America, Format Films, Filmation and Disney. He animated toons including “Robin Hoodlum,” “Gerald McBoing Boing,” “Mr. Magoo” and “Fangface.”

As a director, he helmed TV toons including “The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show,” “Run Run Sweet Roadrunner,” “Thundarr the Barbarian,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Mister T.”

He also was the animation director for the opening credits of “The Twilight Zone” in 1959-60.

His last outing was 1990’s TV series “Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends.”

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. March 1 at Eternal Hills Cemetery, Oceanside, Calif.

Survivors include a son, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

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