willie-ito-final-portraitWillie Ito says he started at Walt Disney Productions in 1954 on the feature Lady and the Tramp. I worked on the iconic spaghetti kissing scene as my indoctrination into the business. Later, I worked at Warner Bros. Cartoon’s infamous Termite Terrace. I worked with Chuck Jones on such classics as “One Froggy Evening” and “What’s Opera Doc?” I also worked with Friz Freleng doing layouts, receiving my first screen credits on “Prince Violent,” later retitled “Prince Varmint,” featuring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. After 6 years at Warner’s, Bob Clampett was starting production on The Beany and Cecil Show, and I was invited to join the new studio. I was in layouts and character designs. I also did many of the merchandise such as comic books, coloring books, and promo artwork. I was also doing many comic books such as CARtoons and CRAZY Magazine as well as spot magazine cartoons on a freelance basis. I joined Hanna-Barbera Productions during the development of The Jetsons and remained for the next 14 years. Flintstones and The Yogi Bear Show were part of my credits. Disney’s Comic-strip Dept. and later Disney Consumer Products beaconed and I returned to Disney. After 23 years of developing collectibles, mentoring Disney artist worldwide, I retired as Director of International Creative after a 45-year career. I received the “Golden Awards” from the Motion Picture Cartoonist Guild, The Pacific Citizen’s APA award, and the NJAHS Legacy award. In my retirement, I am currently writing, illustrating and publishing a series of children’s picture books recounting some of my personal accounts. “Hello, Maggie!” by Shigeru Yabu, with illustrations by Willie Ito.

Hong Kong Phooey (1978) Unit Manager Yogi’s Gang (1975) Layout Artist Inch High, Private Eye (1974) Layout Artist Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space (1974) Layout Artist, Story By Roman Holidays (1973) Josie and the Pussycats (1972) Story By Perils of Penelope Pitstop (1971) Layout Artist Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1970) Layout Artist Wacky Races (1970) Layout Artist Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor (1969) Layout Artist Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show (1968) Layout Artist