Academy of Motion Pictures Scores Donation from ‘Looney Tunes’ Animator

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Abe Levitow's children donate animation collection to Acad library

Looney Tunesanimator Abe Levitow’s heirs are making sure that his work will be viewed by generations by donating his collection to the Academy.

The Abe and Charlotte Levitow Collection, featuring the work of the noted Warner Bros., UPA and MGM animator and director, includes not only “Looney Tunes” and “Tom ’n’ Jerry,” but also large animated features, such as “Gay Purr-ee” for UPA and “The Phantom Tollbooth” for MGM.

The gift, from Levitow’s children Roberta, Judy and Jon, announced Thursday, features animation cels, backgrounds, storyboards, graphic art materials and related film prints. Along with the more than 500 pieces of original production art, the collection contains scripts and sound recordings.

Levitow’s “Gay Purr-ee” was voiced by Judy Garland and Robert Goulet with songs by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. He also made animated tuner “Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol.”

The collection will be in both the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, which already contains a sizeable 15,000 item collection, and the Academy Film Archive. All of the production materials may be accessed by the public at the library.

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  1. The public today decides what it likes for amusement, certainly not the major studios and distributors. At the time you add to that distribution world wide web, media websites online, from gossip to whole motion pictures. It is a brand-new planet. A lot of it beneficial, some not.

  2. David Nethery says:

    This if very interesting. However, it would have been nice if someone at Variety had chosen an illustration from one of the Golden-Age Warner Bros. cartoon that Abe Levitow actually worked on instead of the still from the modern-era “Carrotblanca” (no disrespect meant to the makers of “Carrotblanca”) .

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