Cartoon Research: Animation Anecdotes #182By Jim Korkis Melendez at Warners.
“Leaving Disney (after the 1941 strike) for Warner Brothers was like a breath of fresh air.
At Disney, we were like a bunch of bankers. It was way too serious.
Old Big Brother was always watching you,” said animator and director Bill Melendez in a 1995 interview.
“At Warners, the whole attitude was different. The people were so full of life and as a group,
we were a feisty funny bunch of guys. We received more money to boot.”
Melendez left Warners in 1948 because after years of perfect attendance, Warners refused to pay him
for the day he took off to attend his father-in-law’s funeral. http://cartoonresearch.com/index.php/animation-anecdotes-182/