Fred “Tex” Avery was one of the greatest gag cartoon animators in history. He either created, co-created, or developed Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Droopy, Screwy Squirrel, and Chilly Willy. Whether it was his early work at Warner Brothers, his creative peak at MGM, or his later years with Walter Lantz and advertising work, Avery’s sense of humor helped shape several generations of cartoon fans into the twisted mass of insanity that we are today.

His cartoons may well be the funniest ever made, and his influence continues to be seen in animation today.

Check out these two documentaries and one collection of cartoons to find out why. Be warned that the first one ends abruptly, but it’s still filled with great interviews and clips from his work.