James (Jim) Davis
James (Jim) DavisOccupation / Title:
1915Date of death:
Davis started in the animation industry as an in-betweener for Walt Disney Productions in 1936. In the same year, he became an animator at Harman-Ising Productions, later at Leon Schlesinger Productions, and Fleischer Studios. While at the later studio, Davis was working on the studio’s two only feature films, Gulliver’s Travels (1939) and Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941). After Fleischer Studios was bought out by Famous Studios in 1942, Davis stayed for a year, and continued working on the Popeye series. He briefly joined Screen Gems in 1943, and animated war training films for US Army.
In the second half of the 20th century, Davis continued working in the animation industry. In the 1950s, he worked at Walt Disney Animation Studios and United Productions of America (UPA). From the 1960s to the 1980s, Davis was animating some of the most memorable and important animated series and features for DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, Hanna-Barbera Productions, Krantz Films, Filmation Associates, Bakshi Productions, Ruby-Spears Productions.
Davis was also a successful comic book artist from 1943 to 1968. He created such titles as Gnaw and Gnibble, The Fox and the Crow, Flippity and Flop, Tito and His Burrito et al.
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