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Paul Julian
Paul Hull Husted

(1914-06-25)June 25, 1914
Illinois, U.S.
DiedSeptember 5, 1995(1995-09-05) (aged 81)
OccupationAnimator, artist, voice actor
Years active1939–1994
Known forVoice of the Road Runner

Paul Hull Husted (June 25, 1914 – September 5, 1995), better known as Paul Julian, was an American background animator, sound effects artist and voice actor for Warner Bros. Cartoons. He worked on Looney Tunes short films, primarily on director Friz Freleng's Sylvester and Tweety Bird shorts.

During his time at Warner, Julian also provided the vocal effects of the Road Runner. His warm and tightly-cropped urban scenes were also featured early in his career in the Bugs Bunny film Baseball Bugs (1946), and in the crime syndicate-themed Daffy Duck film Golden Yeggs (1950). Julian also worked extensively as a WPA mural artist. Julian died in Van Nuys, California at the age of 81.

Life and career

Julian was born on June 25, 1914 in Illinois. In October 1939, he landed a job in Los Angeles as layout and background artist at Leon Schlesinger's animation studio, "Termite Terrace". Assigned primarily to Friz Freleng's unit, he became highly regarded for his colourful, modernist city-scape paintings for Sylvester and Tweety cartoons, as well as for Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck shorts.

Julian worked on mural projects all around Southern California for the WPA prior to beginning his career in Hollywood. In 1942, an oil and canvas mural (Orange Pickers) painted by Julian was added to the interior of the Fullerton, California post office. When completed, the Post Office and interior mural brought to the Fullerton community a symbol of government efficiency, services, and culture. Julian's 1942 mural works are also at the Upland Elementary School in Upland, California at the side of the school auditorium. Though faded, the murals are in decent shape. Julian used a technique called petrachrome for this fine mural that utilized 24 different colors of marble to complete the mural's four panels. The mural inside the Fullerton Post Office is in excellent condition.[1]

Later, while working at Warner Brothers as a background artist, Julian provided the Road Runner's "Beep-Beep!" sound.[2][3] Julian first made the sound on the Warner Bros. studio lot. He imitated a car horn as a lighthearted way to get people out of his way when he was in a hurry. Editor Treg Brown recorded Julian's noises and ultimately used them for the Road Runner films. These recordings are still in use in modern Looney Tunes media.

Julian directed the animated films Baby Boogie (1955), and The Hangman (1964), which was produced by Les Goldman. The film[which?] garnered over 15 international film festival awards. He also produced (1964)[clarification needed] and was a production designer for the 1978 anime fantasy Winds of Change, based on Ovid's Metamorphoses. Julian also had a long working relationship with Roger Corman providing artwork for many of his movies, including Dementia 13 and The Terror.[1]

Julian was still working as an artist when he died in Van Nuys, California in 1995.[1]

Partial filmography

Background artist



  1. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ There is confusion over whether the sound made is "beep beep" or "meep meep". In this clip on YouTube, the sound is clearly labeled "beep beep". According to Michael Barrier in his commentary for "Fast and Furry-ous" on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 DVD: "Even though the expression was spelled 'beep beep' on the screen, and that the word 'beep' was used in many subsequent Road Runner cartoon titles, Paul Julian insisted that the correct spelling was 'H-M-E-E-P"; 'hmeep hmeep', rather than 'beep beep'."
  3. ^ The interviews included in the DVD commentary were recorded by animation historian Michael Barrier for his book Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age.