Fred Quimby


Fred Quimby

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birthname = Frederick C. Quimby
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location = Minneapolis, Minnesota
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deathplace = Santa Monica, California
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Frederick C. "Fred" Quimby (July 31, 1883 [A minority of sources give an alternative birth date of 1886.] – September 16 1965) was the producer in charge of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio, which most notably included Tex Avery and the team of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, creators of "Tom and Jerry".

Life and career

Quimby was born in Minneapolis, and started his career as a journalist. In 1907, he managed a film theater in Missoula, Montana. Later, he worked at Pathe, rising to become a member of the board of directors before leaving in 1921 to become an independent producer. He was hired by Fox in 1924, and then MGM in 1927 to head its short features department. In 1937 he was assigned to put together its animation department.cite book|last=Barbera|first=Joseph|title=My Life in "Toons": From Flatbush to Bedrock in Under a Century|year=1994|publisher=Turner Publishing|location=Atlanta, GA|isbn= 1-57036-042-1] rp|65

In 1938, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera presented him with their project for a series of cartoons featuring a cat and a mouse. Quimby approved [http://www.lafn.org/~snakebite/tomandjerry/creators.html The Creators ] ] , and the result was "Puss Gets The Boot", nominated for an Academy Award. As producer, Quimby became a repeated recipient of the Academy Award for Animated Short Film for the "Tom and Jerry" films, and his name became well known due to its prominence in the cartoon credits. However, Quimby was very much unliked:

Quimby retired from MGM in 1955, with Hanna and Barbera assuming his role as co-heads of the studio. MGM's cartoon division did not last long after; it was closed in 1957.

Fred Quimby died in Santa Monica, California in 1965.

Quimby is affectionately referenced in "The Simpsons" in the surname of Mayor Quimby and explicitly as his nephew Freddy Quimby. Itchy and Scratchy are also a parody of the exaggerated violence in Tom and Jerry cartoons.

Oscar credits

* Winner Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1940: "The Milky Way" - Producer
* Nominated for Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1941: "The Night Before Christmas" - Producer
* Nominated for Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1941: "The Rookie Bear" - Producer
* Nominated for Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1942: "The Blitz Wolf" - Producer
* Winner Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1943: "The Yankee Doodle Mouse" - Producer
* Winner Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1944: "Mouse Trouble" - Producer
* Winner Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1945: "Quiet Please!" - Producer
* Winner Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1946: "The Cat Concerto" - Producer
* Nominated for Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1947: "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse" - Producer
* Winner Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1948: "The Little Orphan" - Producer
* Nominated for Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1949: "Hatch Up Your Troubles" - Producer
* Nominated for Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1950: "Jerry's Cousin" - Producer
* Winner Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1951: "The Two Mouseketeers" - Producer
* Winner Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1952: "Johann Mouse" - Producer
* Nominated for Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1952: "Little Johnny Jet" - Producer
* Nominated for Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1954: "Touché, Pussy Cat!" - Producer
* Nominated for Short Subjects (Cartoons) 1955: "Good Will to Men" - Producer (with William Hanna & Joseph Barbera)

References

External links

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* [http://www.nndb.com/people/939/000113600/ Fred Quimby at NNDB]
* [http://www.tomandjerryonline.com/synopsis.cfm The Tom and Jerry Story]
* [http://www.lafn.org/~snakebite/tomandjerry/creators.html The Creators - The Magic Behind The Cartoon]


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