Ernie Nordli worked on several cartoons for Chuck Jones at Warner Bros. when the cartoon studio re-opened after being closed in the second half in 1953. Jones liked stylised backgrounds in the early ‘40s and he started going for them again in the early ‘50s with Maurice Noble as his layout man.
One of the cartoons Nordli laid out is a one-shot called ‘Rocket-bye Baby’ (copyright 1956). Here are a few of the settings he designed and handed off to Phil De Guard to construct.
It appears this is the third-last Warners cartoons Nordli worked on. It has Production number 1395. His final cartoon was number 1399. Noble was back to do layouts on number 1400 (“Deduce, You Say”). He also came up with designs for number 1397 but Noble tossed them out and started over. The cartoon was “What’s Opera, Doc?”.