Tex Avery, February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980…

Tex Avery, February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980.

Top: Chuck Jones’s “Appreciation” for the Los Angeles Times on the passing of Tex Avery. Jones was an animator in Avery’s unit at Leon Schlesinger’s before his directorial debut in 1939 with “The Night Watchman.”

Bottom: “Tex’s Rabbit” model sheet for Avery’s 1940 “A Wild Hare”, considered by many to be the first appearance of the Bugs Bunny we all know and love.