"He was a master animator, a virtuoso…Ken Harris did it all." – Chuck Jones
There is a wonderful website devoted to animator Ken Harris. He worked alongside Chuck Jones for 28 years at Warner Bros. and continued to be a part of Chuck's unit well into the '60s at MGM and Chuck Jones Enterprises. Chuck was even his best man at his wedding to his second wife in 1966!
You can visit the site and learn more about this master animator by clicking here.
One of the hallmarks of a Chuck Jones cartoon is the articulate use of gesture and facial expression as evidenced in the above drawing of a monkey trying to point out the obvious danger facing the implacable hero, Ralph Phillips, in the 1957 short animated film, "Boyhood Daze." Directed by Chuck Jones, this is one of his original layout drawings used to guide the character development, animation and story of the film by his amazing crew of animators (Abe Levitow, Richard Thompson, and Ken Harris.) The brilliant designer, Maurice Noble, provided the graphic layouts for the cartoon.
“Super Rabbit” premiered in theaters nationwide on April 3, 1943. Directed by Chuck Jones with Tedd Pierce, story, and animation by Ken Harris, it was a spoof of the popular “Superman” character and cartoons produced by the rival studio, Paramount. (It had the word ‘firecracker’ in it, so consider this our 4th of July post. ed.)
“No Barking” bow-wowed in theaters on February 27, 1954. It was the final installment in the Frisky Puppy series and considered by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald to be one of Chuck Jones’ mini-masterpieces. The entire cartoon was animated by the phenomenally talented animator Ken Harris. It was the only Jones cartoon where the Clampett/Freleng character, Tweety Bird, made an appearance (albeit a cameo.)
This image is a 12 field hand-painted cel art edition (Director’s Cut) that captures the moment Tweety Bird first appears and utters his trademark line, “I tawt I taw a puddy tat.”