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Birth: April 30, 1912, Jerome Arizona
Death: June 1989, Taos New Mexico



Bio Summary

Born in a small Arizona town. 
His parents divorced and his stepdad, moved his family to Hollywood. He always loved to draw and at 18 got a job inking cels at Walter Lantz. He moved up to animator. He worked around at the various studios working on a variety of films. Later on TV commercials. He retired after illness forced him to retire in 1982. He died of complications of Alzheimers Disease in 1989.

Early Life/Family
Emery’s father C.T.Hawkins, was a well known rodeo star and cowboy. Emery Hawkins was married and had a son and a daughter.

Early Life/Family

Had 2 sons, bruce and wayne, and then in another marriage he had a daughter nancy.


Self taught

Career Outline

Walter Lantz, then to Charles Mintz where he moved up to animator. At Walt Disney’s until the Strike of 1941 he was kept on shorts and never did any work on the features. In an age when many animators more or less stayed at one studio, Emery preferred to move around, freelancing and working in a number of styles. He went back to Lantz, then Disney again, then Archer, Warner Bros., MGM, UPA, Focus, Pelican, Zander’s Animation Parlour, Richard Williams.
Comments On Style- Emery had a wonderful loose and flowing style. ” I animate straight-ahead, backwards, upside down, anyway that works!”. He loved to experiment. Sometimes he animated in colors to coordinate his levels, sometimes in China Marker. Emery was the opposite of a tight controlled animator like Milt Kahl. He was all about broad movement.

Comments On Style


Honore Daumier, 
Kimon Nicolaidies- He joked he never could get past chapter two of Nicolaidies famous book, the Natural Way to Draw, because it was all about gesture.


Emery was the Cowboy Animator, big boots, Stetson, rodeo cut bluejeans. Big silver beltbuckle. The quiet demeanor of a man used to solitiude.


Gil Miret recalled Emery would come over his house and they would party so hard, he’d wake up the next day having slept the night in their bathtub!

-When a teenager he did some poses of Disney characters and took them to the studio to try and get hired. He was sent packing because they were so good, the person reviewing his work thought he had traced them!


From 1963 on he lived in his beloved Taos New Mexico, and had animation work from both Hollywood and New York shipped to him by mail.


Charles Mintz Studio-
The Little Match Girl (1937) (animator)

Walt Disney Studio-
Donald's Dilemma (1947) (animator)
Donald's Dream Voice (1948) (animator)

Walter Lantz Studio-

The Dizzy Acrobat (1943) (animator)
The Painter and the Pointer (1943) (animator)
Greatest Man in Siam (1944) (animator)
The Barber of Seville (1944) Although uncredited, Emery along with layout man Art Heineman worked on the modern redesign of Woody Woodpecker.
Fish Fry (1944) (animator)
Crow Crazy (1945) (animator) (uncredited)
The Loose Nut (1945) (animator)
Apple Andy (1946) (animator)
Wide Open Spaces (1947) (animator)
Doggone Cats (1947) (animator)

Warner Bros. Studio-

Mouse Menace (1946) (animator)
What Makes Daffy Duck (1948) (animator)
Bone Sweet Bone (1948) (animator)
Dough Ray Me-ow (1948) (animator)
Odor of the Day (1948) (animator)
The Stupor Salesman (1948) (animator)
Riff Raffy Daffy (1948) (animator)
Two Gophers from Texas (1948) (animator)
A Hick a Slick and a Chick (1948) (animator)
Holiday for Drumsticks (1949) (animator)
Porky Chops (1949) (animator)
Bowery Bugs (1949) (animator)
Bye, Bye Bluebeard (1949) (animator)
A Ham in a Role (1949) (animator)
Hurdy-Gurdy Hare (1950) (animator) 

Boobs in the Woods (1950) (animator)
Strife with Father (1950) (animator)
The Leghorn Blows at Midnight (1950) (animator)
An Egg Scramble (1950) (animator)
All a Bir-r-r-rd (1950) (animator)
8 Ball Bunny (1950) (animator)
Golden Yeggs (1950) (animator)
Hillbilly Hare (1950) (animator)- Emery animated the hilarious squaredance sequence.
Dog Gone South (1950) (animator)
Canary Row (1950) (animator)
Stooge for a Mouse (1950) (animator)
Rabbit of Seville (1950) (animator) Emery animated the opening scene of Bugs in drag.
Two's a Crowd (1950) (animator)
Early to Bet (1951) (animator)
Louisiana Back Bay Bayou Bunny Bordelaise, a’ la Antoine!
French Rarebit (1951) Emery animated the climactic scene where Bugs shows the two predatory French chefs how to prepare
Leghorn Swoggled (1951) (animator)
Lovelorn Leghorn (1951) (animator)
Sleepy Time Possum (1951) (animator)

Archer Productions
Emery Hawkins was the animator on the civil defense film Duck and Cover (1952) where Tommy Turtle shows children how to survive nuclear attack.

The Adventures of an Asterisk, 1957, The Tender Game, 1958
For Pelican Studios – TV commercials
Hamms Beer “Evolution” (Mel Brooks voice)
Goodyear Tigerpaws.

Richard Williams Studio, Lester Osterman Productions
Raggedy Ann & Andy 1977 (Emery’s first feature) Emery Hawkins did the Greedy Sequence in the Taffy Pit.

Richard Williams Studio Soho.
1980-1982- Amazing Nasruddin, aka Cobbler and the Thief, Emery tried some animation of the Mad Holy Old Witch trying to transform a client ( her son?) from a monster, not realizing he was always meant to be a monster. He did a lot of animated metamorphoses, reminiscent to his Greedy character in Raggedy Ann. Illness overtook him before he could finish. It was reanimated when the story changed and was cut from the final film.


Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1986

Related Links

Bibliographic References The Duck & Cover Story 

Bibliographic References

Leonard Maltin, Of Mice and Magic.
John Canemaker, the Animated Raggedy Ann & Andy, Bobbs & Merrill, 1977


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