Volney White

Birth/Death: 20 May 1907/23 December 1966

Occupation/Title:
Animator during 1936-1938, Director during 1940-1941, and an uncredited artist in 1951 for a Terry Toons cartoon television series.

Bio Summary
Volney White was an animator and eventually a director during the late 1930's and early 1940's.[1] During his early years he was an animator at Romer Grey Pictures. Romer Grey was his foot in the door as it was to may others that worked at Romer Grey Pictures. Such names include Jack Zander, Ken Harris, Pete Burness, Frank Powers, and Riley Thompson, who were all young men dipping their toes into the world of animation. Volney was hired to supervise the studio, along with Tom and Bob McKimson who had experience with Disney Studios. Together the animators made Binko the Bear, which faded away as did the studio. Volney went on to work at Warner Bros where he animated the first Bugs Bunny before moving on to Terry Toons. He went on to work with Norman McCabe, where he animated and directed several classic black and white Looney Tunes.

From Warner Bros to the time of his death he may have switched professions after an animation strike. There is a ten year gap from his next animated cartoon, which would be Crusader Rabbit, the first animated television series.

Early Life/Family:
I can not find his work prior to Romer Grey Pictures that would warrant him a supervising animator position. The only family Volney white had was Evelyn White, who was his wife.

Education/Training:

Career Outline: Animation Department:
- A-Lad-In Bagdad (1938) (animator)
- Porky's Hare Hunt (1938) (animator)
- Porky at the Crocadero (1938) (animator)
- The Case of the Stuttering Pig (1937) (animator)
- Speaking of the Weather (1937) (animator)
- Porky's Building (1937) (animator)
- Porky in the North Woods (1936) (animator)
- Porky's Poultry Plant (1936) (animator)

As Director:
- When Knights Were Bold (1941)
- Hairless Hector (1941)
- The Magic Pencil (1940)
- Touchdown Demons (1940)
- Love in a Cottage (1940)
- Rover's Rescue (1940)
- Wots All th' Shootin' fer? (1940)

Misc:
- Crusader Rabbit (1951)
After working on animation for the remaining years of his life it appears he worked with or for his wife.
Comments On Style:
Very fluid drawings that were not static. They had movement and had a gestural quality to them. His animations are for the most part anatomically correct though he doesn’t stay with his bends in his arms and legs consistent and has some jelly arms which help create movement in his characters. Examples of this can be seen in *The Case of the Stuttering Pig. * Also his cut between actions go from smooth to very sharp and quick exaggerated movements. He can animate a character pouring a glass very smoothly and the next instant show a quick static extension of a characters arm. Also, and this is a personal note, he doesn’t animate blinks in his characters eyes unless they are doing something to close their eyes, such as winking or squinting.

Influences: Volney White was a young animator so his influences at the time had to be early Porky Pig cartoons and most likely Disney animations.

Personality: (not available)

Anecdotes:
He was the first Bugs Bunny animator and because of that, there are stories about him creating the first Bugs Bunny. Hardaway created the first Bugs Bunny and just like old animators, the stories will go back and forth as to who created who.
Miscellaneous:
Returned to Warner Bros in 1951 to work on a Bugs Bunny Cartoon.
- Filmography: A-Lad-In Bagdad (1938) (animator)
- Porky's Hare Hunt (1938) (animator)
- Porky at the Crocadero (1938) (animator)
- The Case of the Stuttering Pig (1937) (animator)
- Speaking of the Weather (1937) (animator)
- Porky's Building (1937) (animator)
- Porky in the North Woods (1936) (animator)
- Porky's Poultry Plant (1936) (animator)

As Director:
- When Knights Were Bold (1941)
- Hairless Hector (1941)
- The Magic Pencil (1940)
- Touchdown Demons (1940)
- Love in a Cottage (1940)
- Rover's Rescue (1940)
- Wots All th' Shootin' fer? (1940)

Honors: (none available)

Related Links:
Romer Grey, Tom and Robert McKimson, Warner Bros.
Bibliographic References: www.imdb.com/name/nm0925564/ www.awn.com/mag/issue4.05/4.05/mallorygrey.php3
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volney_White

Contributors To This Listing:
Todd Favela

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