11 Facts About Norman McCabe


Norman Hildreth McCabe was an English-born American animator who enjoyed a long career that lasted into the 1990s.


Norman McCabe soon developed a career in Tacoma, Washington as a theater lobby artist.


When Tex Avery left Schlesinger in 1941, Clampett took over Avery's unit and Norman McCabe took over Clampett's old unit.


In 1943, Norman McCabe was drafted into the Army and was assigned to the Army Air Corps Training Film Unit.


Norman McCabe served in the First Motion Picture Unit, headquartered at the Hal Roach Studios.


Norman McCabe returned to animation in 1963, joining DePatie-Freleng, where he worked on the titles for the feature film The Pink Panther.


Norman McCabe moved to the Filmation animation studio in 1967 working on several Saturday-morning cartoon series.


Norman McCabe returned to theatrical animation with the adult animated feature film Fritz the Cat in 1972 before returning to DePatie-Freleng where he animated until the end of the 1970s.


Norman McCabe trained a new generation of animators in working with the classic Warner cartoon characters.


Norman McCabe died in January 2006, at age 94, the last surviving director from the golden age of Warner Bros.


Norman McCabe's work is obscure today, because he never made color cartoons during his directorial tenure at the Schlesinger studio, and several of his cartoons would now be considered offensive due to heavy racial stereotyping.