Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Joe Bev's 1990 Interview with Friz Freleng on a New "Cartoon Carnival" Friday, August 16, 2013

Birthday tributes to Friz Freleng, Count Basie and Julie Newmar on The Waterlogg Radio Network (WRN)

On the Friday, August 16th new edition of Cartoon Carnival, host Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) will present his interview with Warner Brother Cartoon director Friz Freleng, which was recorded at The Circle Gallery, South Street Seaport, NYC, on July 25, 1990.

"I was rooting around an old box of cassettes and found my conversation with Friz Freleng that I did originally for WNYC," explains Bevilacqua, who worked for New York Public Radio in the 1980s and 90s.

"The Cartoon Carnival Interview with Friz Freleng" is just one of four unique hours of produced by Joe Bev for WRN this week.

WRN Schedule for Friday, August 16, 2013:
The Jazz-O-Rama Hour:  "Open the Door, Richard: The 78s of Count Basie" (born August 21, 1904)
Cartoon Carnival: "An Interview with Friz Freleng" (born August 21, 1905)
The Comedy-O-Rama Hour: "Camp Waterlogg-A-Go-Go! To Julie Newmar, With Love, Ellis" with special guest star Julie Newmar (born August 16, 1933)
The Joe Bev Experience: "Bob Campett's Time for Beany part 1"

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Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1905 – May 26, 1995), sometimes credited as I. Freleng, was an American animator, cartoonist, director, and producer famous for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros.

He introduced and/or developed several of the studio's biggest stars, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the cat, Yosemite Sam (to whom he was said to bear more than a passing resemblance) and Speedy Gonzales. The senior director at Warners' Termite Terrace studio, Freleng directed more cartoons than any other director in the studio (a total of 266), and is also the most honored of the Warner directors, having won four Academy Awards. After Warners shut down the animation studio in 1963, Freleng and business partner David H. DePatie founded DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, which produced cartoons (notably The Pink Panther Show), feature film title sequences, and Saturday morning cartoons through the early 1980s.

The nickname "Friz" came from his friend Hugh Harman, who initially nicknamed him "Congressman Frizby" after a fictional senator that was in articles in the Los Angeles Examiner. Over time this shortened to "Friz".

In addition to the interview, the hour also includes:

Parade of the Clowns by David Rose.

Rhapsody Rabbit is a 1946 Merrie Melodies animated short subject, featuring Bugs Bunny and directed by Friz Freleng. The short was originally released to theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on November 9, 1946
Franz Liszt's 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody music was first used in 1941's Rhapsody in Rivets 5 to 6 years before Warner Bros versus M-G-M of Rhapsody Rabbit & The Cat Concerto (1947).

Back Alley Oproar is a Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies animated short originally released in theaters on March 27, 1948, voiced by Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan. The cartoon is a remake of 1941's Notes to You, also directed by Freleng.

The Theme to the Pink Panther (1964) by Henry Mancini.

The Ant and the Aardvark is the first of the 17 cartoons in the series of the same name. It is also one of the last cartoons to be directed by Friz Freleng, produced at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and released theatrically by United Artists from 1969 to 1971, voiced by John Byner. Music by Doug Goodwin with Ray Brown, Billy Byers, Pete Candoli, Shelly Manne, Jimmy Rowles and Tommy Tedesco. 

Powerhouse - Hal Kemp and His Orchestra - "Powerhouse" (1937) is an instrumental musical composition by Raymond Scott, perhaps best known today as the iconic "assembly line" music in animated cartoons released by Warner Brothers.

Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow, September 10, 1908 – February 8, 1994) was an American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor.

A Cup of Coffee, A Sandwich, and You - A song written by Joseph Meyer, with lyrics by Al Dubin and Billy Rose. Often used as backing music in Warner Brothers' cartoons during scenes depicting hunger, cooking, or eating.

Stage Door Cartoon is a December 30, 1944 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Friz Freleng and featuring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and a predecessor to Yosemite Sam. The voices for Bugs and the proto-Sam are provided by Mel Blanc (who, by that year, had come to receive his exclusive voice credit), while Elmer is voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan (as usual, uncredited). The cartoon's title is a parody of the 1943 musical film Stage Door Canteen.


Joe Bevilacqua (Joe Bev) has been producing audio in many genres since 1971 when he was 12. Not content to hide behind his microphone, Bevilacqua will be seen acting in the upcoming feature films: "The Green Blade Rises" directed A.J. Edwards, "The Fly Room" directed by Alexis Gambis, "Cold in July" directed by Jim Mickle, and "Hits" directed by David Cross. See more at:

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