He began his career in the animation industry during the silent period. He was first hired as an animator by Bray Studios, and was soon promoted to the position of director. Subsequently, he worked on the Cinema Luke, and The Whoozit Weekly series for Universal Studio Cartoons. In the 1930s, Elton worked on Monkey Doodle (1931) and The Hobo Hero (1935) for Animated Pictures Corporation, among other projects. Apart from being an animator, Elton was also a newspaper sports cartoonist.
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