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Barge (pictured in 1944) with his daughters Edeana and Linda.

Edward John Barge (commonly known as Ed Barge) (August 10, 1910 – September 29, 1991) was an American animator.

History

Early Life

Born and raised in San Jose, California, he and his family moved to Bakersfield. By 1936 he was still living there and was known for his landscape paintings, and in 1939 he married his wife.

Pre-MGM

He began his career at the Harman-Ising studio which shut down by August 1937, when Fred Quimby poached the studio for staff, including Jack Zander, and Joseph Barbera for his new studio.

MGM

Barge worked at MGM as an assistant animator and received his first screen credit as an animator on Innertube Antics (1944) directed by George Gordon. Gordon's unit had just been disbanded the year before, at which point Barge was placed in the William Hanna/Joseph Barbera unit which made the Tom and Jerry cartoons. Barge remained until around 1954-1955.

Hanna-Barbera

Although the H-B studio started earlier in 1957, Barge was fairly late to the punch, being recruited in 1965 to work on "The Man Called Flinstone" (1965). He would remain there working on the various cartoons the studio produced until 1982 when he retired.

Tom and Jerry

Style

Ed Barge's style is fluent (second only to Muse in fluency), and he is a big fan of doing "black eye smears" as opposed to the others which used exaggerated eyes and drybrush. He also draws his characters with a cuter, more rounder appearance. Here are some examples of his work;

Shorts

1945

  1. Mouse in Manhattan
  2. Quiet Please!

1946

  1. Springtime for Thomas
  2. The Milky Waif
  3. Trap Happy
  4. Solid Serenade

1947

  1. Cat Fishin'
  2. Part Time Pal
  3. The Cat Concerto
  4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Mouse
  5. Salt Water Tabby
  6. A Mouse in the House
  7. The Invisible Mouse

1948

  1. Kitty Foiled
  2. The Truce Hurts
  3. Old Rockin' Chair Tom
  4. Professor Tom
  5. Mouse Cleaning

1949

  1. Polka-Dot Puss
  2. The Little Orphan
  3. Hatch Up Your Troubles
  4. Heavenly Puss
  5. The Cat and the Mermouse
  6. Love That Pup
  7. Jerry's Diary (archive footage)
  8. Tennis Chumps

1950

  1. Little Quacker
  2. Saturday Evening Puss
  3. Texas Tom
  4. Jerry and the Lion
  5. Safety Second
  6. The Hollywood Bowl
  7. The Framed Cat
  8. Cue Ball Cat

1951

  1. Casanova Cat
  2. Jerry and the Goldfish
  3. Jerry's Cousin
  4. Sleepy-Time Tom
  5. His Mouse Friday
  6. Slicked-up Pup
  7. Nit-Witty Kitty
  8. Cat Napping

1952

  1. The Flying Cat
  2. The Duck Doctor
  3. The Two Mouseketeers
  4. Triplet Trouble
  5. Little Runaway
  6. Fit To Be Tied
  7. Push-Button Kitty
  8. Cruise Cat
  9. The Dog House

1953

  1. The Missing Mouse
  2. Jerry and Jumbo
  3. Johann Mouse
  4. That's My Pup!
  5. Just Ducky
  6. Two Little Indians
  7. Life with Tom

1954

  1. Puppy Tale
  2. Posse Cat
  3. Hic-cup Pup
  4. Little School Mouse
  5. Baby Butch
  6. Mice Follies
  7. Neapolitan Mouse
  8. Downhearted Duckling
  9. Pet Peeve
  10. Touché, Pussy Cat!

1955

  1. Southbound Duckling
  2. Pup on a Picnic
  3. Mouse for Sale
  4. Designs on Jerry
  5. Tom and Chérie
  6. Smarty Cat
  7. Pecos Pest
  8. That's My Mommy

1956

  1. The Flying Sorceress
  2. The Egg and Jerry (archival animation from Hatch Up Your Troubles)
  3. Busy Buddies
  4. Muscle Beach Tom
  5. Down Beat Bear
  6. Blue Cat Blues
  7. Barbecue Brawl

1957

  1. Tops with Pops (archival animation from Love That Pup)
  2. Feedin' the Kiddie
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