Howard (center), with Ed Benedect (left) and Tex Avery

Cal Howard (March 24, 1911 – September 10, 1993) was an American cartoon story artist, animator and director mostly remembered for his work at Walter Lantz and Warner Bros.. He was also the voice actor of Gabby Goat in "Get Rich Quick Porky".


In late 1920, Howard became a story man and animator for Walter Lantz, then Walt Disney in 1929. During his career, he worked for several pioneer animators besides Lantz and Disney, including Max Fleischer and Ub Iwerks. From 1930 to 1933, Howard serves as a story man for Iwerks and then Lantz. In 1938, Howard left Warner Bros. with his friend Tedd Pierce to work for Max Fleischer's studio in Miami. In the 1940s, Howard moved to a different studio. He left Fleischer for Screen Gems. In 1949, he went back to Warner Bros. At 1974, Howard went back to work for Disney as a story artist. In 1949 Cal Howard moved from California to New York City, to work on NBC's Broadway Open House and Your Show of Shows. When Broadway Open House ended he was hired by Pat Weaver to be an associate producer and writer for the development of NBC's Today show. He left NBC early in 1952 to return to California and work with Ralph Edwards. In the 1980s he returned to cartoon work, until his retirement. Cal Howard worked over seven animation studios in his lifetime and finally received the Annie Award in 1980 for lifetime achievement.

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