Hugh Harman & Rudolf Ising



Hugh Harman
Born: August 31, 1908, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Died: November 25, 1982
Image: [JC]


Rudolf Ising
Born: August 7, 1903
Died: July 18, 1992, Newport Beach, California; (cancer)
Image: [JC]


Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising. Harman and Ising. Harman-Ising. Harmonizing. These two men were among the group of Kansas City animators who worked with Walt Disney on the Laugh-O-Gram cartoons in 1922. When Walt went bankrupt, they teamed with Carmen Maxwell on a proposed series of "Arabian Nights" cartoons, but the series was never sold. A few years after Walt left for Hollywood, he called for Harman and Ising to join him at his newly formed studio. There they worked on the Alice in Cartoonland series, and later on the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit series. Producer Charles Mintz seized control of this studio and fired Disney, who went off on his own (and would soon create Mickey Mouse). Harman and Ising stayed with Mintz for one year, after which Universal Pictures seized control of the studio replaced them with Walter Lantz. Harman, Ising, and some of the other ex-Disney animators got together and created a film called Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid, which was their pilot for a potential series.

Leon Schlesinger was able to sell the series to Warner Bros., and he became the production manager of the new studio that Harman and Ising had created. The duo began work on the Looney Tunes series, which starred their creation: Bosko. A year later the Merrie Melodies series was started. It was at this time that the pair split their duties; Harman directed the Looney Tunes, while Ising directed the Merrie Melodies. Meanwhile, Friz Freleng's responsibilities at the studio increased, and he is believed to have directed a few cartoons in both series.

In 1933, Harman and Ising broke with Schlesinger after a dispute over budgets. They had wanted more money to improve the quality of their cartoons, and to eventually move into color production. Schlesinger refused, so the duo found someone who would: MGM. There they created the Happy Harmonies series, and the effect of the increased budgets immediately appeared on the screen. Since they had owned Bosko, they were able to use him in this new series. They left his design intact at first, but soon transformed him into a young black boy. Unfortunately, many of the Happy Harmonies were dull and had a tendency to be overlong. MGM fired Harman and Ising in 1937 and formed their own cartoon studio. When this venture failed, MGM hired the veteran animators back, though they would soon be replaced by newer units. Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera created Tom & Jerry in an Ising-produced cartoon, and based on this success Hanna & Barbera were given their own unit where they created Tom & Jerry cartoons for the next 15 years. MGM also hired Tex Avery in the early 1940s, and with these new talents on board, Harman and Ising were no longer needed.

Rudolf Ising would go on to produce war cartoons during the mid 1940s, and Hugh Harman did some work for Walter Lantz in the 1950s. [TAF!, HC and OM&M]

For more biographical information on these men, refer to their entries in The Warner Bros. Cartoon Companion.

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Above are three images of Harman and Ising with the Disney staff in the 1920s. [WIW, TAF!, WIW]



Title Type Date Director Stars
Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid -- 1929* Harman & Ising Bosko, Rudolf Ising



Title Type Date Director Stars
Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid -- 1929* Harman & Ising Bosko, Rudolf Ising
Sinkin' in the Bathtub LT 05/06/30 Harman & Ising Bosko & Honey
Congo Jazz LT 09/30 Harman & Ising Bosko
Hold Anything LT 10/30 Harman & Ising Bosko & Honey
The Booze Hangs High LT 11/30 Harman & Ising Bosko
Box Car Blues LT 12/30 Harman & Ising Bosko
Big Man from the North LT 01/31 Harman & Ising Bosko & Honey
Ain't Nature Grand! LT 02/31 Harman & Ising Bosko
Ups 'N Downs LT 03/31 Harman & Ising Bosko
Dumb Patrol LT 04/31 Harman & Ising Bosko & Honey
Yodeling Yokels LT 05/31 Harman & Ising Bosko & Honey
Bosko's Holiday LT 06/31 Harman & Ising Bosko & Honey
The Tree's Knees LT 07/31 Harman & Ising Bosko
Lady, Play Your Mandolin! MM 08/31 Rudolf Ising Foxy & Roxy
Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! MM 09/05/31 Rudolf Ising Foxy & Roxy
Bosko Shipwrecked! LT 09/19/31 Hugh Harman Bosko
One More Time MM 10/03/31 Rudolf Ising Foxy & Roxy
Bosko the Doughboy LT 10/17/31 Hugh Harman Bosko
You Don't Know What You're Doin'! MM 10/31/31 Rudolf Ising Piggy and Fluffy
Bosko's Soda Fountain LT 11/14/31 Hugh Harman Bosko, Honey, Wilber
Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land MM 11/28/31 Rudolf Ising Piggy and Fluffy
Bosko's Fox Hunt LT 12/12/31 Hugh Harman Bosko & Bruno
Red-Headed Baby MM 12/26/31 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko at the Zoo LT 01/09/32 Hugh Harman Bosko & Honey
Pagan Moon MM 01/23/32 Rudolf Ising  
Battling Bosko LT 02/06/32 Hugh Harman Bosko & Honey
Freddy the Freshman MM 02/20/32 Rudolf Ising  
Big-Hearted Bosko LT 03/05/32 Hugh Harman Bosko & Bruno
Crosby, Columbo, and Vallee MM 03/19/32 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko's Party LT 04/02/32 Hugh Harman Bosko, Honey, Wilber
Goopy Geer MM 04/16/32 Rudolf Ising Goopy Geer
Bosko and Bruno LT 04/30/32 Hugh Harman Bosko & Bruno
It's Got Me Again! MM 05/14/32 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko and Honey LT 1932* Hugh Harman Bosko, Honey, Bruno, Wilber
Moonlight for Two MM 06/11/32 Rudolf Ising Goopy Geer
Bosko's Dog Race LT 06/25/32 Hugh Harman Bosko, Honey, Bruno
The Queen Was in the Parlor MM 07/09/32 Rudolf Ising Goopy Geer
Bosko at the Beach LT 07/23/32 Hugh Harman Bosko, Honey, Bruno, Wilber
I Love a Parade MM 08/06/32 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko's Store LT 08/13/32 Hugh Harman Bosko, Honey, Wilber
Bosko the Lumberjack LT 09/03/32 Hugh Harman Bosko & Honey
You're Too Careless with Your Kisses! MM 09/10/32 Rudolf Ising  
Ride Him, Bosko! LT 09/17/32 Hugh Harman Bosko & Honey
I Wish I Had Wings MM 10/15/32 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko the Drawback LT 10/22/32 Hugh Harman Bosko
A Great Big Bunch of You MM 11/12/32 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko's Dizzy Date LT 11/19/32 Hugh Harman Bosko, Honey, Bruno, Wilber
Three' a Crowd MM 12/10/32 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko's Woodland Daze LT 12/17/32 Hugh Harman Bosko & Bruno
The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives MM 01/07/33 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko in Dutch LT 01/14/33 Harman / Freleng Bosko, Honey, Bruno, Wilber
One Step Ahead of My Shadow MM 02/04/33 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko in Person LT 02/11/33 Harman / Freleng Bosko & Honey
Young and Healthy MM 03/04/33 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko the Speed King LT 03/11/33 Hugh Harman Bosko & Honey
The Organ Grinder MM 04/08/33 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko's Knight-Mare LT 04/29/33 Hugh Harman Bosko, Honey, Bruno
Wake Up the Gypsy in Me MM 05/13/33 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko the Sheep-Herder LT 06/03/33 Hugh Harman Bosko & Bruno
I Like Mountain Music MM 06/10/33 Rudolf Ising  
Beau Bosko LT 07/01/33 Harman / Freleng Bosko & Honey
Shuffle Off to Buffalo MM 07/08/33 Ising / Freleng  
Bosko's Mechanical Man LT 07/29/33 Hugh Harman Bosko, Honey, Bruno
The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon MM 08/08/33 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko the Musketeer LT 08/12/33 Hugh Harman Bosko, Honey, Bruno
We're in the Money MM 08/26/33 Rudolf Ising  
Bosko's Picture Show LT 08/26/33 Harman / Freleng Bosko, Honey, Bruno

*not theatrically released

Other Credits: Hugh Harman, Rudolf Ising