Rod Scribner

October 10, 1910-December 21, 1976


Bio Summary:
Rod Scribner leaves his mark in animation history with an all together unique style and improvement in how to approach animating characters. His animation is clear. The audience sees the emotion and feels the emotion, and hence the characters become real. He was a kind, fun loving man who touched those around him, and still inspires artists today.

Early Life/Family:
Rod’s father: Frederick Farnsworth Scribner and Rod’s mother: Sarah Magee Divorced early 1920s

Siblings: John Magee Scribner and Elizabeth C. Scribner (Macdonald?)“Betty” (*“Animation Who and Where”* and * *


Career Outline:
Schlesinger Studio
1935 Assistant Animator
1939-1941 Tex Avery Unit
1941-1945 Bob Clampett Unit
1945-1953 Bob McKimson Unit After Schlesinger
1960s John and Faith Hubley
1960s-1970s Bill Melendez
Early 1970s Ralph Bakshi-“Fritz the Cat”
1973 Charles A. Nichols-“Yogi’s Gang”
(*Hollywood Cartoons;* “*Animation Who and Where”*; IMDB website)

Comments On Style:
While working under Tex Avery and Robert McKimson, Scribner was forced to limit experimenting with his style of animating. However, under Bob Clampett, Scribner’s boundaries were stretched, allowing him to use his “Lichty Style”. Inspired by George Lichty’s “Grin and Bear It” cartoon strip drawings which portrayed loosely drawn expressive figures; This style of drawing allowed for extreme emotional acting, allowing Scribner to push his figures to the outer most extreme limits, but still keeping them believable; “it made the characters more believable.” (Hollywood Cartoons, 437)

George Lichty’s “Grin and Bear It”

Julie describes her Papa/Grandfather as “a stylish dresser, and always had a cigarette hanging from his hand. He had short, wavy brown hair and beautiful eyes. He was a very handsome man, with a huge infectious smile…full of life, laughter and fun. I always remember him laughing, and he liked to pull a good prank.” One prank included, as described by Clampett, Scribner dropping “something like a manhole cover” to create a large noise in attempt to distract the other workers (*Hollywood Cartoons*). He enjoyed drawing cartoons with personal messages; “He drew several “Snoopy” pictures for us” (Julie). Another example of this includes an email by Dave Berry, who explains how even though Rod was going through his own rough patches, Scribner still made time to make his friends feel loved: “I was in a serious automobile accident and even though Rod had his own personal problems to resolve..he wrote to me to cheer me through my own lengthly recovery process.” (Dave Berry - He “had a wonderful personality” (Julie), loving and caring towards his friends and family.



1995 That's Warner Bros.! (TV series) (animator)
1990 Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends (TV series) (animator)
1988 Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (animator - segment "The Prize Pest")
1986 The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show (TV series) (animator)
1985 The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour (TV series) (animator)
1983 Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island (animator: classic cartoons)
1979 The Bugs Bunny Mother's Day Special (TV short) (animator: classic cartoons)
1979 Bugs Bunny's Valentine (TV short) (animator)
1978 The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show (TV series) (animator - 1978)
1977 Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown (animator)
1976 The Sylvester & Tweety Show (TV series) (animator)
1974 It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! (TV short) (animator)
1973 Yogi's Gang (TV series) (animator - 2 episodes)
– Mr. Hothead (1973) (animator)
– Mr. Bigot (1973) (animator)
1972 Fritz the Cat (animator - as Roderick Scribner)
1968 The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour (TV series) (animator)
1967 Urbanissimo (short) (animator)
1967 George of the Jungle (TV series) (animator)
1966 A Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Double Feature (short) (animator)
1960 The Bugs Bunny Show (TV series) (animator)
1955 Lighthouse Mouse (short) (animator)
1955 Feather Dusted (short) (animator)
1954 Quack Shot (short) (animator)
1954 Gone Batty (short) (animator)
1954 The Oily American (short) (animator)
1954 Devil May Hare (short) (animator)
1954 Little Boy Boo (short) (animator)
1954 No Parking Hare (short) (animator)
1954 Bell Hoppy (short) (animator)
1954 Design for Leaving (short) (animator)
1954 Wild Wife (short) (animator)
1953 Cats A-Weigh! (short) (animator)
1953 Of Rice and Hen (short) (animator)
1953 Easy Peckin's (short) (animator)
1953 Cat-Tails for Two (short) (animator)
1953 Plop Goes the Weasel (short) (animator)
1953 There Auto Be a Law (short) (animator)
1953 Muscle Tussle (short) (animator)
1953 A Peck o' Trouble (short) (animator)
1953 Upswept Hare (short) (animator)
1952 Fool Coverage (short) (animator)
1952 Rabbit's Kin (short) (animator)
1952 The Super Snooper (short) (animator)
1952 The EGGcited Rooster (short) (animator)
1952 Hoppy-Go-Lucky (short) (animator)
1952 Oily Hare (short) (animator)
1952 The Turn-Tale Wolf (short) (animator)
1952 Sock a Doodle Do (short) (animator)
1952 Kiddin' the Kitten (short) (animator)
1952 Thumb Fun (short) (animator)
1952 Who's Kitten Who? (short) (animator)
1951 The Prize Pest (short) (animator)
1951 Big Top Bunny (short) (animator)
1951 Dog Collared (short) (animator)
1951 Sleepy Time Possum (short) (animator)
1951 Lovelorn Leghorn (short) (animator)
1951 His Hare Raising Tale (short) (animator - archive footage - uncredited)
1951 Leghorn Swoggled (short) (animator)
1951 French Rarebit (short) (animator)
1951 Early to Bet (short) (animator)
1951 Corn Plastered (short) (animator)
1951 A Fox in a Fix (short) (animator)
1951 Hare We Go (short) (animator)
1950 Pop 'im Pop! (short) (animator)
1950 A Fractured Leghorn (short) (animator)
1950 Hillbilly Hare (short) (animator)
1950 It's Hummer Time (short) (animator)
1950 An Egg Scramble (short) (animator)
1950 The Leghorn Blows at Midnight (short) (animator)
1950 Strife with Father (short) (animator)
1947 Birth of a Notion (short) (animator)
1947 One Meat Brawl (short) (animator)
1946 The Big Snooze (short) (animator)
1946 Bacall to Arms (short) (animator)
1946 The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (short) (animator)
1946 Kitty Kornered (short) (animator)
1946 Baby Bottleneck (short) (animator)
1946 Book Revue (short) (animator)
1945 The Bashful Buzzard (short) (animator - uncredited)
1945 Wagon Heels (short) (animator)
1945 A Gruesome Twosome (short) (animator)
1945 Draftee Daffy (short) (animator)
1945 Tokyo Woes (short) (animator - uncredited)
1944 The Old Grey Hare (short) (animator - uncredited)
1944 Buckaroo Bugs (short) (animator - uncredited)
1944 Birdy and the Beast (short) (animator - uncredited)
1944 Hare Ribbin' (short) (animator - uncredited)
1944 Russian Rhapsody (short) (animator)
1944 Tick Tock Tuckered (short) (animator - uncredited)
1944 What's Cookin' Doc? (short) (animator - uncredited)
1944 Booby Traps (short) (animator - uncredited)
1943 An Itch in Time (short) (animator - uncredited)
1943 Fighting Tools (short) (animator - uncredited)
1943 Falling Hare (short) (animator)
1943 A Corny Concerto (short) (animator - uncredited)
1943 Tin Pan Alley Cats (short) (animator)
1943 The Wise Quacking Duck (short) (animator - uncredited)
1943 Tortoise Wins by a Hare (short) (animator - uncredited)
1943 Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (short) (animator)
1942 A Tale of Two Kitties (short) (animator)
1942 The Hep Cat (short) (animator - uncredited)
1942 Eatin' on the Cuff or The Moth Who Came to Dinner (short) (animator - uncredited)
1942 Wacky Blackout (short) (animator - uncredited)
1942 Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (short) (animator)
1942 The Wacky Wabbit (short) (animator - uncredited)
1942 Horton Hatches the Egg (short) (animator - uncredited)
1942 Any Bonds Today? (short) (animator - uncredited)
1942 Crazy Cruise (short) (animator)
1942 Aloha Hooey (short) (animator - uncredited)
1941 The Cagey Canary (short) (animator - uncredited)
1941 Wabbit Twouble (short) (animator - uncredited)
1941 The Bug Parade (short) (animator)
1941 All This and Rabbit Stew (short) (animator - uncredited)
1941 The Heckling Hare (short) (animator - uncredited)
1941 Hollywood Steps Out (short) (animator)
1941 Farm Frolics (short) (animator - uncredited)
1941 Goofy Groceries (short) (animator - uncredited)
1941 Tortoise Beats Hare (short) (animator - uncredited)
1941 The Haunted Mouse (short) (animator - uncredited)
1941 The Crackpot Quail (short) (animator - uncredited)
1940 Of Fox and Hounds (short) (animator - uncredited)
1940 Wacky Wildlife (short) (animator - uncredited)
1940 Ceiling Hero (short) (animator)
1940 A Wild Hare (short) (animator - uncredited)
1940 The Bear's Tale (short) (animator)
1940 Cross Country Detours (short) (animator - uncredited)
1939 Porky the Giant Killer (short) (animator - uncredited)
1939 Fagin's Freshman (short) (animator)
1939 Fresh Fish (short) (animator - uncredited)
1939 Believe It or Else (short) (animator - uncredited)
1939 Bars and Stripes Forever (short) (animator)
1939 Gold Rush Daze (short) (animator - uncredited)
1939 It's an Ill Wind (short) (animator - uncredited)
1938 Porky the Gob (short) (animator - uncredited)
1938 Count Me Out (short) (animator - uncredited)
1938 A-Lad-In Bagdad (short) (animator - uncredited)
1938 Love and Curses (short) (animator - uncredited)
1938 Katnip Kollege (short) (animator - uncredited)
1938 Porky's Hare Hunt (short) (animator - uncredited)
1938 Jungle Jitters (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1937 Sweet Sioux (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1937 She Was an Acrobat's Daughter (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1937 Pigs Is Pigs (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1937 He Was Her Man (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1936 The CooCoo Nut Grove (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1936 Toy Town Hall (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1936 Let It Be Me (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1936 I Wanna Play House (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1935 Billboard Frolics (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1935 A Cartoonist's Nightmare (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1935 The Merry Old Soul (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1935 Into Your Dance (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1935 Along Flirtation Walk (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1935 I Haven't Got a Hat (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1935 Country Boy (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)
1935 Mr. and Mrs. Is the Name (short) (assistant animator - uncredited)


Related Links:
A-HAA: Filmography: Coal Black And De Sebben

Bibliographic References:
Advanced look at *“Animation Who and Where” * to be published in 2012; author: Joseph L. Campana
Julie Buck (Rod Scribner’s granddaughter)
*Hollywood Cartoons American Animation in Its Golden Age*; author: Michael Barrier

Contributors To This Listing:
Lilit Ghazarian

Animators Hall of Fame