After their first, failed experiment with subcontracting their animation production out Hugh Harmon and Rudlof Ising, MGM brought production in house. The set producer Fred Quimby the task of building the animation department. He brought in Isadore "Friz" Freleng from Warner Bros. among others to help direct this series based on a comic strip by Rudolph Dirks. William Hanna also got his start on this series. But the series was not popular, and MGM brought back Harmon and Ising to infuse new blood into the department.