Cal Dalton

*Birth/Death: 1908-1974

Animator, Director, Designer.

*Bio Summary:*
Cal Dalton was an animator, director and character designer. He worked for Leon Schlesinger Productions, which later became Warner Brothers Cartoons, for most of his career. His most popular accomplishment with Warner Brothers was the animation that featured a gray and white rabbit which was the proto-type of the famous Bugs Bunny.

*Early Life/Family:*
Cal Dalton was born in America and was introduced to working in animation in his early twenties at Romer Grey’s studio and Ted Eshbaugh’s studio in 1931.

While working at Grey’s and Eshbaugh’s studios, he worked on Goofy Goat Antics, followed by the short animation of The Wizard of Oz in 1933 that really put him on the map. After that he started working for Leon Schlesinger Productions were he started out as an opaquer. It wasn’t until Friz Freleng left Schlesinger studio in 1938, moving to MGM, that Cal Dalton was promoted to director.

*Career Outline:*
Dalton continued to work at Leon Schlesinger Productions for 15 years. Though he was titled as a director, he was always placed co-directing with either Cal Howard or Ben Hardaway. He was never credited as a sole director, but always with another co-director.

While working closely with Ben Hardaway, Dalton co-directed the Hare Hunt in 1938 and Hare-um Scare-um which both featured the gray and white prototype of the later famous Bugs Bunny. His year with Hardaway ended when Friz Freleng returned to Schlesinger studio once his contract with MGM was up in 1939. Ben Hardaway was demoted back to storyman and Cal Dalton back to animator. He animated with Frank Tashin and later Robert McKimson. He animated characters in Merrie Melodies such as Proky Pig, Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck. He left Warner Brothers in 1947, animating briefly at Walt Disney Animation Studios in the early 1950s, Universal Studio Cartoons, Walter Lantz Productions, Famous Studios, and Paramount Cartoon Studios in the 1960s.

*Comments On Style:*
His style was really based on movement and the humorous feeling the audience felt watching the characters. Cal Dalton implemented a lot of motion and exaggerated expressions.

Ben Hardaway.

Though Cal Dalton was put in charge of Freleng’s unit, he did feel intimidated working alongside the older more experienced Ben Hardaway. At times he felt bad that he was never credited as a sole director but always co-directed with someone else.


Dalton directed and co-directed a total of 17 Warner Bros animation before solely animating. *Filmography:*
1995 That's Warner Bros.! (TV series) (animator)
1990 Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends (TV series) (animator)
1960 Popeye the Sailor (TV series) (animator - 18 episodes)
– Abdominal Snowman (1960) (animator)
– Ace of Space (1960) (animator)
– Bullfighter Bully (1960) (animator)
– Caveman Capers (1960) (animator)
– Childhood Daze (1960) (animator)
See all 18 episodes » 1956 Your Safety First (short) (animator)
1955 The Butcher, the Baker, the Ice Cream Maker (short) (animator)
1947 The Goofy Gophers (short) (animator)
1947 One Meat Brawl (short) (animator)
1946 Mouse Menace (short) (animator)
1946 The Mouse-Merized Cat (short) (animator)
1946 Walky Talky Hawky (short) (animator)
1946 Acrobatty Bunny (short) (animator)
1946 Hollywood Canine Canteen (short) (animator)
1946 Daffy Doodles (short) (animator)
1946 Hare Remover (short) (animator)
1945 Tale of Two Mice (short) (animator)
1945 Behind the Meat-Ball (short) (animator - uncredited)
1945 The Unruly Hare (short) (animator)
1945 The Return of Mr. Hook (short) (animator - uncredited)
1944 Plane Daffy (short) (animator)
1944 Censored (short) (animator - uncredited)
1944 The Chow Hound (short) (animator - uncredited)
1943 Puss n' Booty (short) (animator)
1943 The Home Front (short) (animator - uncredited)
1943 The Goldbrick (short) (animator - uncredited)
1943 Hop and Go (short) (animator)
1943 Confusions of a Nutzy Spy (short) (animator - uncredited)
1942 The Daffy Duckaroo (short) (animator)
1942 The Ducktators (short) (animator - uncredited)
1942 Hobby Horse-Laffs (short) (animator)
1942 Lights Fantastic (short) (animator - uncredited)
1942 The Wabbit Who Came to Supper (short) (animator - uncredited)
1942 Hop, Skip and a Chump (short) (animator)
1941 The Wacky Worm (short) (animator)
1941 Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (short) (animator - uncredited)
1941 Porky's Bear Facts (short) (animator - uncredited)
1940 Shop Look & Listen (short) (animator)
1940 Porky's Baseball Broadcast (short) (animator)
1940 The Hardship of Miles Standish (short) (animator - uncredited)
1940 Confederate Honey (short) (animator)
1939 How to Eat (short) (animation director - uncredited)
1937 September in the Rain (short) (animator)
1937 Plenty of Money and You (short) (animator)
1937 Streamlined Greta Green (short) (animator)
1937 The Fella with the Fiddle (short) (animator)
1937 He Was Her Man (short) (animator)
1936 Boulevardier from the Bronx (short) (animator)
1936 At Your Service Madame (short) (animator)
1936 Porky's Pet (short) (animator)
1936 Page Miss Glory (short) (animator - uncredited)
1936 Bingo Crosbyana (short) (animator)
1936 Boom Boom (short) (animator)
1936 I Wanna Play House (short) (animator)
1935 Billboard Frolics (short) (animation)
1935 Buddy the Gee Man (short) (animator)
1935 Into Your Dance (short) (animator)
1935 Buddy's Pony Express (short) (animator)
1935 Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name (short) (animator)
1934 Viva Buddy (short) (animator)
1933 The Wizard of Oz (short) (artist)


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