left a comment on a post regarding George Moreno and I thought he might make an interesting subject for a post of his own.
George Moreno Jr. was an American animator who worked for Universal/Lantz before joining the Fleischer Studio in Miami, Florida, in 1938-40 as one of the animators on the feature-length Gulliver's Travels (1939) and on shorter cartoons such as Way Back When a Nag was only a Horse (1940), Way Back when a Nightclub was a Stick (1940) and Ants in the Plants (1940).
Moreno is likely to have served during World War II and it may be his war service that brought him to England. He may have then stayed because of marriage: Moreno was married to Dorothy Maude Jarratt (nee Kemish, b. 16 Feb. 1916) in London in 1947. She subsequently died in Chelsea, London, in 1973, aged 57.
Amongst the animators working on these cartoons were Harold Mack, Pamela French, Jimmy Holt, Leslie Boyd, Fred Thompson and Hugh Gladwish. Harold Mack and other members of the studio were shown in a short Pathe newsreel in their studio in Harringay making one of the cartoons in 1948. (Mack married Pamela French and the two left for Switzerland, and later set up their own company in Holland.)
Moreno Cartoons was then formed to make commercials for Pearl and Dean.
My knowledge of Moreno's career after British Animated Productions is patchy. In around 1952-56 he was drawing a weekly comic strip for TV Comic, 'Polly Coptor's Adventures', and illustrating text stories featuring 'Larry the Lamb' and 'Smokey, Puff-Puff and Choo-Choo' for the same paper. He also illustrataed some Larry the Lamb books published by the TV Comic's publisher, the News of the World.
Moreno then, perhaps, returned to the USA and was (perhaps briefly) involved with producer Edward Janis's Beverly Hills Productions on something called The Genius (19??), which makes me wonder if he was perhaps also involved in The Adventures of Spunky and Tadpole (1958-61), an animated series about a young boy (voiced by Janis's wife, Joan Gardner) and his teddy bear, Tadpole (voiced by Dan Massick and by Janis himself). But this is pure speculation.
Moreno Cartoons was then responsible for a number of singalong cartoons for children known as the Merry Music Shop series, distributed by Saxon in the early 1960s, titles including Bunty the Bouncing Bassoon, The Little Swiss Whistling Clock, Bumble Bee Fair, Little Mr. Robin, Thunderclap Jones, Jack O'Diamonds and The Land of Birthday Toys, all directed by former British Animated Productions animator Fred Thompson.
Moreno's company G. Moreno Film Productions Ltd. went into liquidation in 1973 and Moreno was still living in London at that time and may have lived here until possibly as late as 1981.