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Emanuel (Mannie) Davis

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Davis began his career in 1918 at Barré Studio where he worked on the Mutt and Jeff series. He left the studio in 1922 and moved to Fleischer Studios to work on the Out of the Inkwell series. After leaving the Fleischers in 1924, Davis joined Aesop’s Fables Studio where he worked until the studio was reorganized and renamed Van Beuren Studios in 1929. Davis continued animating the Aesop’s Fables series as well as a short lived series Cubby the Bear for  Van Beuren Studios until 1933.

The same year, Davis joined Paul Terry’s Terrytoons where he remained until the end of his career in 1961. He was both an animator and a director working on all of the most memorable and popular series in the studio’s history. He was also the director of one of three Terrytoon’s animated short films nominated to the Academy Award, All Out for V (1942). Davis also worked on cartoons produced for television, particularly on the very popular Tom Terrific series in the late 1950s.


  • Lenburg, Jeff. Who’s Who in Animated Cartoons. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2006.
  • Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1980

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