Legendary animator Tex Avery to be honored on February 22

Legendary animator, cartoonist, voice actor and director Tex Avery will be honored in his hometown of Taylor Texas on February 22. That day will be Tex Avery Day and a varieties of festivities will be held. Taylor is only a half hour drive from Austin.

From Cartoon Brew:

In his own time, Avery inspired and motivated directors like Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera, and even the animation masters at Disney. Disney Nine Old Man Ward Kimball once wrote in his journal that a screening of Avery?s Red Hot Riding Hood ?brought the house down? at Disney. The typically jaded animators spent the whole afternoon ?moaning the fact that [they hadn’t] made a cartoon like that in years!?

Here’s a sample of some of his work. This one is from 1955:

and another animation from 1952:

Tex Avery – Rock-a-bye Bear by binzo