Warren Foster

Warren Foster (October 24, 1904 December 13, 1971) was an American writer, cartoonist and composer for the animation division of Warner Brothers and later with Hanna-Barbera.

Warren Foster
Born(1904-10-24)October 24, 1904
DiedDecember 13, 1971(1971-12-13) (aged 67)
OccupationStoryboard artist, screenwriter and composer
Years active1935-1966

Early life

He was born in Brooklyn, New York to Marion B. Foster and Charles C. Foster. Foster was educated at Brooklyn Technical High School and later at the Pratt Institute, joining ASCAP in 1956.


Foster's long career with Warner Brothers began in 1938 as a writer on the Porky Pig short, Porky in Wackyland and ended nearly 171 cartoons later in 1958, after finishing his work on the Tweety Pie short, Tweet Dreams. He was the composer of Tweety's theme song, I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat.

He worked, sometimes uncredited, on cartoons considered among the greatest ever, including Porky in Wackyland, Book Revue, The Great Piggy Bank Robbery and Daffy Doodles, the latter three featuring Daffy Duck in 1946, Catty Cornered featuring Sylvester the Cat in 1953 and Bugs and Thugs featuring Bugs Bunny in 1954.

His career took an upward turn in 1959 at Hanna-Barbera, where he spent the next seven years as a writer on a number of notable animated programs, beginning with The Huckleberry Hound Show. He contributed to the comedy, plot and character development of shows such as The Yogi Bear Show, Loopy De Loop and The Flintstones, including his final work on the feature-length The Man Called Flintstone in 1966.

Iwao Takamoto said of Foster's work on The Flintstones: "I believe his influence was one of the key factors for its success".[1]

Foster is credited with the controversial banned cartoon Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs.[2]


Warren Foster died on December 13, 1971 in San Clemente, California. His burial is located at El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest, California.


  1. Iwao Takamoto (2009). Iwao Takamoto: My Life with a Thousand Characters. University Press of Mississippi. p. 97. ISBN 1604731931.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS2gxYPtbOw
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