History WesternAnimation / LooneyTunes

28th May '16 5:57:22 PM WileK209
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** Bill Lava also had a recurring theme for Speedy Gonzales during the 1964-1968 era. A variant of it was used as the title music for "The Music Mice-Tro."


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* LostInImitation: Contrary to what it may seen, Porky Pig never did his signature "That's all, folks!" sign-off on the traditional concentric circles background in the classic cartoons. This was mainly done in parodies, such as in ''Film/KangarooJack'' or ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. In the classic Looney Tunes shorts, Porky said it while breaking out of a drum. However, some recent ''Looney Tunes'' productions, such as the 2003-2004 shorts, have Porky give his sign-off in the concentric circles.
24th May '16 2:15:04 PM speedyboris
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** Played straight with the "Larriva Eleven" (that is, eleven Road Runner shorts directed by Rudy Larriva instead of Chuck Jones) and three Daffy/Speedy shorts from 1967, all outsourced to Format Films.
23rd May '16 2:03:06 PM speedyboris
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* WeirdAlEffect - Pete Puma is copied from Frank Fontaine's John LC Silvoney/Crazy Gugenheim character, which was well known at the time his cartoon came out. Pete Puma is still a well liked and memorable one shot character- only fans of Jack Benny and Jackie Gleason remember Frank Fontaine these days. And obviously, Foghorn Leghorn is a core Looney Tunes cast member today, while his inspiration, Senator Claghorn, from the Fred Allen radio show's "Allen's Alley", is less remembered. Even though Foggy is basically, "What if Senator Claghorn was a rooster?"
23rd May '16 2:02:09 PM speedyboris
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* 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 2:01:18 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.''
21st May '16 1:35:28 PM Doug86
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** In the 70s, Ralph Heimdahl and Al Stoffel revived Petunia for some occasional appearances in the Bugs Bunny newspaper comic strip. She was the sweet kid Robert Clampett reimagined her as, not the uppity diva Frank Tashlin created her as. She was also a regular castmember in the old [[GoldKeyComics Gold Key and Whitman comics]] for ''decades,'' along with Porky's [[{{Nephewism}} nephew,]] [[http://toolooney.blogspot.com/2007/02/life-and-times-of-cicero-pig.html Cicero,]] and both appeared in all the Looney Tunes merchandise of the era (coloring books, toys, etc.). Petunia also made a handful of obscure animated reappearances (one in "Porky and Daffy Meet The Groovie Ghoulies" and also recently in some of the official site's flash cartoons).

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** In the 70s, Ralph Heimdahl and Al Stoffel revived Petunia for some occasional appearances in the Bugs Bunny newspaper comic strip. She was the sweet kid Robert Clampett reimagined her as, not the uppity diva Frank Tashlin created her as. She was also a regular castmember in the old [[GoldKeyComics [[Creator/GoldKeyComics Gold Key and Whitman comics]] for ''decades,'' along with Porky's [[{{Nephewism}} nephew,]] [[http://toolooney.blogspot.com/2007/02/life-and-times-of-cicero-pig.html Cicero,]] and both appeared in all the Looney Tunes merchandise of the era (coloring books, toys, etc.). Petunia also made a handful of obscure animated reappearances (one in "Porky and Daffy Meet The Groovie Ghoulies" and also recently in some of the official site's flash cartoons).



* ExpandedUniverse: The old GoldKeyComics, which spilled over into children's books and merchandise of the period, and the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[NewspaperComics newspaper strip.]] Largely forgotten today.

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* ExpandedUniverse: The old GoldKeyComics, Creator/GoldKeyComics, which spilled over into children's books and merchandise of the period, and the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny [[NewspaperComics newspaper strip.]] Largely forgotten today.
20th May '16 8:13:13 AM Prinzenick
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* WeirdCrossover: Even before Creator/WarnerBros. absorbed Creator/DCComics, DC had the license to print Looney Tunes comics. In 2000, DC launched the four-issue series ''Superman and Bugs Bunny'' wherein the wacky Dodo bird (from ''Porky in Wackyland'') meets Mr. Mxyzptlk, and they form a partnership to wreak havoc on both universes.
13th May '16 6:37:22 PM Psi001
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* ImmuneToSlapstick: Yes, even ''LooneyTunes'', the quintessential slapstick cartoon series, has examples of such:
** A key criticism towards Lola Bunny in her debut in ''Film/SpaceJam'', who despite being boosted a new leading character to the franchise, played very little part in the cartoony antics of the original cast (to the point even some of the live action characters fall victim to squash and stretch slapstick more than she does). The one instance she is put at harm by one of the Monstars, it is PlayedForDrama and averted by Bugs performing a HeroicSacrifice. The character was revised for ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', with the character having a more abrasive personality, albeit still mostly in a dialogue centric sense.
** ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner''. The Road Runner is one of the few regulars to ''never'' be the butt of a gag. While most ''LooneyTunes'' protagonists are more frequently dishing out slapstick abuse than taking it, they at least have some exceptional cases. The Road Runner's most distinguishing wacky characteristic was holding up a sign reading his opinions.



* LoserGetsTheGirl: In "Muscle Tussle", Daffy loses his girlfriend to a big, white muscular duck at the beach.

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* LoserGetsTheGirl: In "Muscle Tussle", Daffy loses his girlfriend to a big, white muscular duck at the beach. A series of blundering attempts to impress her eventually injure his rival and thus win her back.
4th May '16 11:53:29 AM DalekExterminer
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* AmusingInjuries

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* AmusingInjuriesAmusingInjuries: A huge part of the series' comedy falls into this category.
19th Apr '16 12:59:45 PM speedyboris
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* GagDub: "Wild and Woolly Hare" was given one by ''Jimmy Kimmel Live!'', using audio from ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' over the cartoon footage.
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