Benjamin Ashby Clopton, Junior (July 27, 1906 – November 19, 1987) was an artist best known for his work on Walt Disney and Harman-Ising animated cartoons.Clopton was the fourth child of Benjamin Ashby and Hannah Olivia (Eklund) Clopton. His parents married in 1897 in the Gallatin Valley of Montana and settled between Deep Creek and Grayson, near Townsend, Montana, in 1910, where the family owned a ranch and raised dryland wheat. He attended the University of Missoula in the mid-1920s.Clopton left for California in January 1927 for what was supposed to be a few months Instead, he was hired by Walt Disney in February and began working under animator Ub Iwerks as an in-betweener. His first cartoon was Alice's Three Bad Eggs. Clopton assisted Iwerks in drawing the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Plane Crazy, in late April, 1927, but left the Disney studio in the middle of May to join Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising, who had been hired from Disney to make cartoons for Charles Mintz under contract with Universal Studios. Clopton directed six Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons in 1928-1929.Mintz lost distributorship of the Oswald cartoons in 1929. Harman and Ising then formed their own studio and signed a deal with Leon Schlesinger in 1930 to create the Looney Tunes series. Clopton took a job with Iwerks' studio until 1933, when Scheslinger refused to renew Harman and Ising's contract, started his own studio, and hired staff. Clopton was among the animators and his first film credit is on Buddy the Gob, released January 13, 1934. Clopton is credited on sixteen cartoons through 1936, when he left for the Walter Lantz studio. Clopton's name is on three cartoons released in 1937. His name appears for a final time on screen as an animator on Gulliver's Travels, released in 1939 by the Fleischer Studios.Clopton returned to California and worked at Disney with his brother John before they were inducted into the U.S. Army in April, 1942. He was divorced in 1945 by his wife Sylvia Lamarr, stand-in for Hedy Lamarr and Joan Crawford. A wire service report made no mention of his animation career, instead stating he was a rancher. She testified at her divorce trial "He kept a loaded rifle around the house. He used to shoot holes in the ceiling. It made me very nervous".He was living in Santa Monica, California, at the time of his mother's death in 1966 but re-settled back home in Townsend, Montana, where he died in 1987.
Movies & TV shows
The CooCoo Nut Grove
A visit to a Hollywood nightclub, featuring caricatures of, among others, Walter Winchell, Hugh Herbert, W.C. Fields, Katharine Hepburn, Ned Sparks, Johnny Weissmuller, Lupe Velez, John Barrymore, Har...
The Fire Alarm
The puppets are being watched by their uncle who works at the fire house.
Into Your Dance
The showboat comes to town, piloted by Captain Benny. A quartet sings "Go Into Your Dance" in honor of its originator, Al Jolson. They introduce the conductor, who is a pig caricature of orchestra lea...
The Lady in Red
The restaurant is closed because the owner is at the bullfights. The roaches are happy to eat, drink and be merry. At a roach night club, a comely little female roach, dressed in red, flamenco dances ...
Alice's Medicine Show
Alice and Julius are in a traveling medicine show, and part of their job is to sell patent medicine to audiences.
Alice and her friends decide to go to the park and have a picnic. Everything is going well until a gang of rats steals their food. Alice and her friends decide to go after the rats and get their food ...
Alice in the Big League
The animals take exception to Alice's bad calls when she umpires a big league baseball game.
Oswald takes a job as a lifeguard to keep an eye on Miss Rabbit, who in turn stages a boating accident hoping Oswald will come to save her.
The Mechanical Cow
Oswald wakes up grumpy and takes his alarm clock out, after trying his best to wake the mechanical cow sleeping in the bed next to him. They finally start offering milk to the denizens of the farm. Os...
Alice's Channel Swim
Julius and Pete have a contest to swim across the English Channel, with Alice as the referee.
Alice the Beach Nut
Julius is working as a lifeguard at the beach. Julius had to rescue a swimmer from the water.
Alice's Three Bad Eggs
The Three Bad Eggs and a band of marauding Indians have to be defeated by Alice and Julius.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit finds the job more difficult than it is worth in his debut short.
Oswald joined the army because his country was at war and was soon in the trenches. A short battle leaves him wounded, but at least in the field hospital where his girlfriend is working.
Oswald's sweetheart is stolen by a schoolyard bully, so he has to fight him during recess to win her back.
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