History Trivia / LooneyTunes

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."
16th Dec '15 4:26:38 PM Prinzenick
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** It appeared many Warner Bros. animators grew to dislike much of their early work in the mid 30's, such as the sappy Disney-esque and Buddy cartoons.

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** It appeared many Warner Bros. animators grew to dislike much of their early work in the mid 30's, such as the sappy Disney-esque and Buddy cartoons. Tex Avery and Friz Freleng also hated having to deal with Warner Bros. mandate of including a song number in every Merrie Melodies short, which they felt got in the way of their story ideas and undermined the gags, and felt their cartoons significantly improved once the mandate was dropped in the late 30's.



** Foxy and Roxy the Foxes, who were a blatant attempt at [[CaptainErsatz ripping off]] WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and Minnie Mouse, were barred from appearing again after their three appearances in the Merrie Melodies series, due to Creator/WaltDisney ordering then-co director of the series, Rudy Ising, to stop using the character under the threat of a lawsuit. The character would only resurface decades later in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, and even then they had to be completely redesigned so they didn't resemble Mickey or Minnie.

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** Foxy and Roxy the Foxes, who were a blatant attempt at [[CaptainErsatz ripping off]] WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and Minnie Mouse, were barred from appearing again after their three appearances in the Merrie Melodies series, due to Creator/WaltDisney ordering then-co director of the series, Rudy Ising, to stop using the character under the threat of a lawsuit. The character characters would only resurface decades later in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, and even then they had to be completely redesigned so they didn't resemble Mickey or Minnie.
16th Dec '15 4:20:29 PM Prinzenick
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* ExiledFromContinuity:
** Foxy and Roxy the Foxes, who were a blatant attempt at [[CaptainErsatz ripping off]] WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse and Minnie Mouse, were barred from appearing again after their three appearances in the Merrie Melodies series, due to Creator/WaltDisney ordering then-co director of the series, Rudy Ising, to stop using the character under the threat of a lawsuit. The character would only resurface decades later in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, and even then they had to be completely redesigned so they didn't resemble Mickey or Minnie.
** According to one of the Looney Tunes comic artists, celebrity caricatures are OK with them unless noted otherwise, even for ones long forgotten such as Edna Mae Oliver, but there is one egregious exception--anything caricaturing actor Peter Lorre, who was a fairly common sight in the older Looney Tunes. When the artist attempted to have him appear in the MadScientist role he played in ''Hair Raising Hare'' for a story, it was shot down due to legal issues with Lorre's estate, who have said they will no longer authorize using caricatures of him in that context. So the scientist from ''Water, Water Every Hare'' was added to substitute for him.
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