Ray Favata had an interest in drawing since he was a child. His artistic talents led him to a position in the US Army’s art department during World War II. His formal career in animation began in 1951, when he was discovered by Dave Hilberman at Tempo Productions, a leading animation studio in New York City. Favata continued to build his own reputation working with many other studios throughout the years including Terrytoons, Academy, UPA, Dancer Fitzgerald, and Romper Room among others. Many of the characters he worked on such as Sugar Bear, Granny Goodwitch, Billy Jo Jive, Charmkins, the Huggles, Baxter the Clown, and My Little Pony, are not only familiar to the baby boomers of the time, but also have a following to this day. Later in his career, Favata joined Jumbo Productions where he worked on a new character named “Doug” created by Jim Jinkins. Favata eventually worked with Disney when Jumbo became a Disney product.
Favata has worked with such legendary figures as Bill Tytla, John Hubley, Bob Beechman (pronounced Beckman), Gene Deitch, Grim Natwick, Lou Myers, Milt Glaser, George Olden, Edward Sorel, Chuck McCann, Bob Heindel, Bernie Fuchs, Billy Jo Jive, Ted and John Schearer, Jack Sidebotham, Allan Swift, Charlotte Rae, Ruth Buzzi, Jules Feiffer, Pablo Ferro, Ogden Whitney, Tomi Ungerer, Joe Bologna, Bob & Ray, Art Kane, Tom Yohe, and Frank Zappa.