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Frank Tashlin
General information
Born: Francis Frederick Von Taschlein
February 19, 1913
Weehawken, New Jersey
Died: May 5, 1972 (aged 59)
Los Angeles, California
Cause of death: Heart failure
Alternate names:
Years active: 1934 - 1972
Spouse: Mary Costa

Frank Tashlin (b. Francis Fredrick Von Taschlein; February 19, 1913-d. May 5, 1972) was an American animator, screenwriter, director and author.

In 1946, Tashlin published a children's book, "The Bear That Wasn't". About 20 years after the book was released, the story was adapted for television by MGM Animation Studios, directed by Chuck Jones.

Frank Tashlin started his career in the early 1930s after looking for a job via dropping high school. He was hired by Schlesinger, who welcomed his talents. He quit after a dispute with a worker, and after he refused to show Schlesinger some of his new comics. He directed a lot of Porky films back in the 30s and 40s and most of the Merrie Melodies from 1937-38. His last cartoon was Daffy Doodles, which he worked with Robert McKimson, who took his unit after he left the studio to direct some live-action films.

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