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Manny at the Krazy Kat studio, circa 1928

Manny Gould (30 May 1904 – 19 July 1975) was an American animator and cartoonist from the 1920s to the 1970s.


Gould was employed by the Barré Studio in the early 1920s under the direction of William Nolan. When the studio closed, Nolan went to work for Charles Mintz on the Krazy Kat cartoons, distributed first by Paramount Studios and then Columbia Pictures. Gould and Ben Harrison went with him and later replaced him. Gould and Harrison moved with the Mintz studio to Los Angeles in 1930. Also going with him were his sister Martha Barbara Gould and brothers Louis R., Allen, and Will Gould, a sports cartoonist for the Bronx Home News who drew the syndicated strip Red Barry in the 1930s and became a television and movie screenwriter.

Manny (right) with Rod Scribner c. 1945

Gould arrived at the Warner Brothers cartoon studio in 1941 shortly after his termination from Screen Gems.[1] He worked in the Bob Clampett unit and remained in the unit after Clampett left and when Arthur Davis took over his unit. He later left Davis' unit to work for Robert McKimson. His last credited cartoon for Warners was "The Windblown Hare", released in 1949.

Later Career

Gould was hired in 1947 by Jerry Fairbanks Productions as a director for its animation department, where Lou Lilly had gone to head the story department. Lilly formed his own commercial animation company in 1952 and by the late 1950s hired Gould to be his animation director.

In 1964, Gould was animating on the Linus the Lionhearted television cartoons for Ed Graham Productions, then the following year began working as an animator at DePatie-Freleng Enterprises on the Pink Panther and Tijuana Toads shorts and several series for television. He also worked on the cartoon features Heavy Traffic for Ralph Bakshi and The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat.


Gould died of cancer 19 July 1975, the week he was supposed to be interviewed by historian Milton Gray.[2][3]

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