Animator/cartoonist, Disney, WB, Hanna-Barbera
Willie Ito’s career as an animator/cartoonist spans nearly 60 years. In 1954, he started at Walt Disney Productions on Lady and the Tramp, working on the iconic spaghetti kissing scene. He also worked with Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng at Warner Bros. on classic cartoons such as One Froggy Evening and What’s Opera Doc? and on the Beany and Cecil TV show with Bob Clampett. He next worked at Hanna-Barbera on shows such as The Flintstones and Yogi Bear. Willie later returned to Disney’s comic strip department and then Disney Consumer Products, mentoring artists as international director of Disney Art. He is currently writing and illustrating a series of children’s picture books via his Yabitoon Books company, including Hello Maggie and A Boy of Heart Mountain.