History Trivia / LooneyTunes

24th Jun '16 9:33:01 PM Brandon
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** ExecutiveVeto: One particularly mad producer would routinely tell the animators what they couldn't do cartoons about. This backfired considerably, as a) the cartoons got made anyway, and b) the five Oscars won over the years (e.g. ''WesternAnimation/BullyForBugs'') were won by cartoons they were ''specifically told not to make.''

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** ExecutiveVeto: One particularly mad producer would routinely tell the animators what they couldn't do cartoons about. This backfired considerably, as a) the cartoons got made anyway, and b) the five Oscars won over the years (e.g. ''WesternAnimation/BullyForBugs'') ''For Scent-imental Reasons'') were won by cartoons they were ''specifically told not to make.''
22nd Jun '16 4:22:52 AM Adept
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** Creator/FrankTashlin: 1936-1938; 1943-1946. His debut was "Porky's Poultry Plant", while his last released cartoon was "Hare Remover," of which he was uncredited. He directed 39 shorts total, including the PrivateSnafu shorts he directed.

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** Creator/FrankTashlin: 1936-1938; 1943-1946. His debut was "Porky's Poultry Plant", while his last released cartoon was "Hare Remover," of which he was uncredited. He directed 39 shorts total, including the PrivateSnafu WesternAnimation/PrivateSnafu shorts he directed.



** Creator/ChuckJones: 1938-1964; also directed a few TV specials, "The Great American Chase", and a few shorts in the '90s. His debut was "The Night Watchman", while his last Looney Tunes short in the original studio was 1964's "War and Pieces". His final short in general was 1997's "From Hare to Eternity". He directed 207 classic shorts (220 if you count his PrivateSnafu shorts, several of which were never released), directed four Looney Tunes TV specials, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, and seven modern shorts. Next to Friz, Chuck had the second most directorial credits to his name at the studio, making up 1/5th of the series filmography.

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** Creator/ChuckJones: 1938-1964; also directed a few TV specials, "The Great American Chase", and a few shorts in the '90s. His debut was "The Night Watchman", while his last Looney Tunes short in the original studio was 1964's "War and Pieces". His final short in general was 1997's "From Hare to Eternity". He directed 207 classic shorts (220 if you count his PrivateSnafu Private Snafu shorts, several of which were never released), directed four Looney Tunes TV specials, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, and seven modern shorts. Next to Friz, Chuck had the second most directorial credits to his name at the studio, making up 1/5th of the series filmography.
23rd May '16 2:02:20 PM speedyboris
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** Milt Franklyn had written two new arrangements for "Merrily We Roll Along" in the early '60s, but they were never used for some reason. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3bvveLnzhI Theme 1]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u02Q7oVSeA theme 2]].

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** Milt Franklyn had written two new arrangements for "Merrily We Roll Along" in the early '60s, but they were never used for some reason. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3bvveLnzhI Theme 1]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u02Q7oVSeA theme 2]].2]].
* WriterRevolt: Leon Scheslinger's replacement, Eddie Selzer, had a lot of issues with some of the cartoons being turned out in the late 1940's - early 1950's, citing some of the ideas as [[ItWillNeverCatchOn not being funny enough for a general audience]] -- the ones Selzer really had issues with were the Pepe Le Pew cartoons and the idea of having Bugs square off against a bull during a bullfight ("Bully for Bugs"). "Bully for Bugs" has become one of many classic cartoon shorts Looney Tunes fans remember from beginning to end, and the 1949 Pepé Le Pew cartoon "For Scent-imental Reasons" won an Oscar [which -- ironically, and rather hypocritically -- Selzer accepted].
** In an interview, one of the main writers said that it got to the point where if Selzer rejected an idea, they knew it was a good one.
23rd May '16 2:01:35 PM speedyboris
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Happened on occasion, especially after Eddie Selzer took over the studio.
** Leon Schlesinger's meddling on the ending to ''The Heckling Hare'' (apparently acting on orders of Jack Warner) caused Creator/TexAvery to quit.
** When Creator/BobClampett started out as a director, he was only allowed to make B&W WesternAnimation/PorkyPig cartoons. Tellingly, more than half of his filmography (44 B&W cartoons, and four color shorts) is made up of appearances of the character. Fortunately, Bob ''was'' allowed to use WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck alongside Porky in those shorts, and he did ''not'' take that for granted. Also of note is that, while Porky was mandated to appear in every early short he made, it was never stipulated how ''much'' he had to appear--Bob took advantage of this in the later B&W shorts by [[DemotedToExtra demoting]] Porky to fairly minor roles in favor of his own custom cast of characters (i.e. Porky is a narrator in "We, The Animals Squeak"). By 1941, Bob inherited Tex Avery's unit after he quit the studio, allowing to experiment with more shorts starring Bugs and Daffy, in addition to creating his own characters such as Tweety Bird. Tellingly, Porky only appeared in six of his color cartoons, two of which were remakes of previous Porky shorts, and one of them was only a very brief cameo in The Great Piggy Bank Robbery.
** ExecutiveVeto: One particularly mad producer would routinely tell the animators what they couldn't do cartoons about. This backfired considerably, as a) the cartoons got made anyway, and b) the five Oscars won over the years (e.g. ''WesternAnimation/BullyForBugs'') were won by cartoons they were ''specifically told not to make.''
11th May '16 12:21:05 PM speedyboris
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** Bernard Brown: Also composed during the 1933-1936 period, sometimes sharing credits with Spencer. His first cartoon was 1933's "Buddy's Day Out" and his final was 1936's "Let it Be Me".

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** Bernard Brown: Also composed during the 1933-1936 period, sometimes sharing credits with Spencer. His first cartoon was 1933's "Buddy's Day Out" and his final was 1936's "Let it Be Me". Went on to work in live action films.
26th Apr '16 7:15:31 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatVoice: Besides Creator/MelBlanc, other noted voices were Bea Benaderet (Katie on ''Petticoat Junction,'' Betty on ''The Flintstones'') as Mama Bear and Bugs' Red Riding Hood, Stan Freberg as Baby Bear and all voices in ''The Three Little Bops,'' Jim Backus (Mr. Magoo) as Smokey the Genie in ''A Lad In His Lamp'', and Sheldon Leonard as Dodsworth the Cat.
25th Apr '16 10:42:46 AM erforce
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short format was planned to be permanently revived in the early 2000s to coincide with the release of ''LooneyTunesBackInAction''. These were planned to add a few modernised twists to the series, as well revive some forgotten concepts (eg. WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck returning to his less neurotic 1940s form, Merrie Melodies once again being music oriented, obscure stars like Hubie and Bertie being revived). ''Back In Action'' fared badly in box office however, leading the project to be binned, with only a handful of shorts being completed (the majority of which can be found in certain DVD releases of the movie).

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The WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short format was planned to be permanently revived in the early 2000s to coincide with the release of ''LooneyTunesBackInAction''.''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction''. These were planned to add a few modernised twists to the series, as well revive some forgotten concepts (eg. WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck returning to his less neurotic 1940s form, Merrie Melodies once again being music oriented, obscure stars like Hubie and Bertie being revived). ''Back In Action'' fared badly in box office however, leading the project to be binned, with only a handful of shorts being completed (the majority of which can be found in certain DVD releases of the movie).
15th Mar '16 8:26:24 AM speedyboris
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** Another unmade cartoon was ''For He's a Jolly Good Fala'', based around [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt Franklin Roosevelt's]] pet dog. The cartoon was scrapped following Roosevelt's death.

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** Another unmade cartoon was ''For He's a Jolly Good Fala'', based around [[UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt Franklin Roosevelt's]] pet dog. The cartoon was scrapped following Roosevelt's death.death.
** Milt Franklyn had written two new arrangements for "Merrily We Roll Along" in the early '60s, but they were never used for some reason. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3bvveLnzhI Theme 1]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u02Q7oVSeA theme 2]].
17th Feb '16 7:12:32 AM Prinzenick
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* NoBudget: The b&w Looney Tunes directed by Creator/TexAvery and Creator/BobClampett had very small budgets of 3,000$ (around 50,000$ in 2016 money) and strict deadlines of four weeks to slam together each cartoon!
18th Dec '15 2:50:02 PM Prinzenick
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-->'''Tex''': "We were forced to use a song, which would just ruin the cartoon. You'd try like a fool to get funny (during the song), but it was seldom you did....Finally, when Schlesinger let us get by (without using the songs), the cartoons started picking up."
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