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Today’s Trivia (Feb. 8)

During the 1920s and 1930s, several artists with Kansas connections were drawn to Hollywood for work.

Melvin “Tubby” Eugene Millar haled from Portis. He went to Hollywood and drew cartoons for Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.

Isadore “Friz” Freleng was another Kansas artist. Freleng grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and became friends with Millar through the Kansas City Art Institute. Freleng became Millar’s boss at Warner Bros.

Freleng was head animator of Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons and created the series for Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat and Yosemite Sam.

It was another Kansas City Art Institute artist who initially helped bring these Midwesterners to Hollywood: Walt Disney.

Disney’s father, Elias Disney, started farming with his parents near Ellis during the 1880s and — a century later — some of Disney’s relatives still farm there.

Of each of those artists, Millar is best known for always injecting hidden references about Kansas into his background.

Question: What cartoon character did he draw?

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