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Nov 22, 2007, 2:35 PM
Tom O'Loughlin, a veteran background artist for Warner Bros. and several other studios, died October 26 at 83.
WB background artist Tom O'Loughlin dead at 83
From 1947 to 1987, he worked for WB, Disney, Hanna-Barbera, DePatie-Freleng and Filmation.
O'Loughlin got off to an inauspicious beginning at Warner Bros. The credits in his first cartoon for the studio, A Pizza Tweety-Pie (1958), misspelled his surname as "O'Laughlin." (He was sometimes billed as "O'Laughlin" on TV productions much later.)
But later that year, he did the backgrounds for Knighty Knight Bugs, which won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoon).
Along with his many Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts, his work appeared in Bugs Bunny's Howl-Oween Special (1978), as well as the theatrical compilations Friz Freleng's Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981), Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales (1982), Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island (1983) and Daffy Duck's Quackbusters (1988).
For Hanna-Barbera, he did backgrounds for Jonny Quest (1964) and The Harlem Globetrotters (1970).
At DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, he worked in many Pink Panther cartoons, including the Oscar-winning The Pink Phink (1964), the studio's first theatrical short.
His other series at DFE included The Ant and the Aardvark, Bailey's Comets, The Barkleys, Here Comes the Grump, The Houndcats, The Inspector, The Oddball Couple, Return to the Planet of the Apes, Roland and Rattfink and Tijuana Toads.
He was a background artist for the Filmation Associates TV series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972), Star Trek (1973), The Young Sentinels (aka The Space Sentinels; 1977), The New Adventures of Batman (1977), The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle (1979), The New Adventures of Tom and Jerry (1980), He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) and BraveStarr (1987-88). In feature films for the studio, he was a background artist for Mighty Mouse In The Great Space Chase (1982) and The Secret Of The Sword (1985), and a background painter for Pinocchio And The Emperor Of The Night (1987). He worked on the TV specials The Fat Albert Christmas Special (1977) and Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure Of All (1983).