Avery's style of directing encouraged animators to stretch the boundaries of the medium to do things in a cartoon that could not be done in the world of live-action film. An often-quoted line about Avery's cartoons was, "In a cartoon you can do anything."ref He also performed a great deal of voice work in his cartoons, usually throwaway bits (e.g. the [[Santa Claus]] seen briefly in [[Who Killed Who?]]), but Tex did fill in for [[Bill Thompson (voice actor)|]] as Droopy, although the individual cartoons where Avery did this have never been specified.
== Biography ===== Early years ===
Tex Avery was born, to George Walton Avery (b. June 8, 1867 - d. January 14, 1935) and the former Mary Augusta "Jessie" Bean (1886–1931), in [[Taylor, Texas]]. His father was born in [[Alabama]]. His mother was born in , [[Chickasaw County, Mississippi|]], [[Mississippi]]. His paternal grandparents were Needham Avery (Civil War veteran) (October 8, 1838 - February 20, 1913, buried at Wehadkee Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Randolph County, AL) and his wife Lucinda C. Baxly (May 11, 1844 - March 10, 1892). His maternal grandparents were Frederick Mumford Bean (1852 - October 23, 1886) and his wife Minnie Edgar (July 25, 1854 - May 7, 1940). His paternal Great-grandparents were John Walton Avery (December 16, 1805 - January 13, 1878, buried at Rock Springs Cemetery, Randolph County, AL ) and wife Elizabeth Brannon Tomme Avery (October 17, 1809 - October 15, 1895, buried at Mount Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Stroud, AL). Avery was said to be a descendant of Judge [[Roy Bean]]. However his maternal great-grandparents were actually Mumford Bean from Tennessee (August 22, 1805 - October 10, 1892) and his wife Lutica from Alabama. Mumford was son of William Bean and his wife Nancy Blevins from Virginia. Their relation to Roy is uncertain though his paternal grandparents were also from Virginia. Avery's family tradition also claimed descent from [[Daniel Boone]].