Isadore "Friz" Frelelen was an animator,
cartoonist, director, and
producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and
Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros.
He introduced and/or developed several of the studio's biggest stars,
including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the cat,
Yosemite Sam (to whom he was said to bear more than a
passing resemblance) and Speedy Gonzales.
The senior director at Warners' Termite Terrace studio, Freleng
directed more cartoons than any other director in the studio
(a total of 266), and is also the most honored of the Warner directors,
having won four Academy Awards.