Looney Tunes In The Forties

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This is Part Two of the Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies Filmography, covering all main series shorts from 1940 to 1949. A total of 307 shorts were released during this time.

The 1940s was the pivotal decade for the entire Looney Tunes franchise, where the series most important films and characters would come about.

Picking things up from the late 1930's, the artwork in the studios cartoons was steadily and strongly improving, as was the content of the films. Tex Avery was still creating street smart, anti-Disney cartoons, such as his recurring travelogue parodies and fairy tale burlesques. Friz Freleng, fresh back from an unhappy tenure on MGM's "The Captain and the Kids" cartoons, was back to making standard gag cartoons, with previous director Ben Hardaway demoted back to animator, which prompted the latter to pack up and leave for work at the Walter Lantz cartoon studio. Bob Clampett was making surprisingly innovative and very playful cartoons in the B&W unit, and even his unit was showing considerable improvements in upgrading their animation, despite still being handicapped by low budgets and restricted to making Porky Pig and Daffy Duck cartoons. Chuck Jones, meanwhile, was still struggling to find his voice at the studio while using Disney films as his reference point as opposed to the anti-Disney approach of his colleagues, making cartoons such as Sniffles the Mouse, which were impressively crafted and lavish, but cloying and sluggishly paced misfires. But amongst this, the studio would make a discovery that would not only put them on the map, but change animation forever.

Amongst Chuck Jones' early cartoons was "Elmer's Candid Camera", a take on a manic rabbit character that was previously used in two of Ben Hardaway's cartoonsnote  and one of Jone's earlier shortsnote . Besides introducing the hopelessly dopey Elmer, it also refined the Hardaway rabbit into a more underplayed star, as opposed to a copycat of Daffy Duck as Ben Hardaway had previously portrayed it. Afterwards, Tex Avery decided to do a take on a similar premise that Jones had done, called "A Wild Hare"—the premise of the two cartoons was similar, but Tex replaced Elmer's camera with a gun, and instead of portraying the rabbit as an obnoxious heckler, decided to depict him as a smart alecky wiseacre who plays off the foolishness of his hunter, even mocking his opponent in the face of danger—the total antithesis of a character like Mickey Mouse, and also a distinction from the studios milquetoast mascot Porky Pig. The character, unnamed in the cartoon proper, but eventually named Bugs Bunny, was finally born, and once "A Wild Hare" turned out to be astoundingly popular in theaters, the studio immediately made him their headlining star, and nothing would ever be the same.

1941 had another important change the studio, starting tragic but turning out to have a silver lining. Tex Avery, the mentor of directors Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones and many other staffers, abruptly quit the studio in disgust to start his own animation unit at MGM, due to a large squabble with producer Leon Schlesinger over editing the ending of Tex's third Bugs Bunny short, "The Heckling Hare". To fill in the gap, Leon promoted Bob Clampett from the B&W unit to the head of Avery's big budget unit, finishing up some leftover Avery cartoons, while also getting a chance to make regular color cartoons starring major players like Bugs Bunny, in addition to making other oneshot cartoons (Bob's lead animator and brief co-director, Norm Mccabe, would inherit Bob's old unit).

Free of the previous handicaps he dealt with and equipped with the studios best budgets and top animators, Bob was able to push his cartoons to boundaries far beyond what he was able to do before—Bob took what he learned and tinkered with in his B&W films—his sense of newspaper comic exaggeration, strong character distortion and dynamic staging, and magnified it to levels unlike anything else seen in the history of animation. In films like Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs and A Corny Concerto, every creative ingredient he could use was taken advantage of, especially in regards to the actual animation; the characters constantly changed their appearance depending on their emotional state, the animators were actually encouraged to deviate from the model sheets to put their own styles into the characters. Not to mention his fast pacing, razor sharp timing, playful wit, and penchant for breaking established series formulas (shorts like ''Tortoise Wins By A Hare" and "Falling Hare" remarkably turn the Bugs Bunny formula right on its head, with the normally cool and collected Bugs put at the mercy of foes as wily as he is, and even the latter pulls the rug out on the audience by revealing its all a gag), were perfectly in vogue with a nation suffering through the second world war, making Bob the headlining director of the studio from the early to mid 40's.

Meanwhile, Chuck Jones' years of struggling would finally pay off in 1942—finally realizing that emulating Disney was a dead end for him, began focusing on cartoons with more snappy humor and timing in vogue with his colleagues work, starting with shorts like "The Draft Horse", but officially finding his voice with The Dover Boys, a witty parody of a series of books called The Rover Boys. Besides its humorous subject matter, Jones also made major artistic innovations in the cartoon, eschewing Disney style lushness for blazing fast, exaggerated smears and heavily stylized designs. Even the backgrounds were a modern, stark contrast from the lush, storybook like watercolors of previous cartoons. While Jones came dangerously close to losing his job over such a brazen experiment, Dover Boys would prove to be his first true shining moment and a popular cartoon, notably laying the groundwork for the stylized work of the up and coming UPA cartoon studio. Even director Norm Mccabe got on the boat with making stylized, modern looking backgrounds in his b&w cartoons, before he was drafted into the Army's First Motion Picture Unit in WWII. Frank Tashlin, previously an animator and director at the studio in the 30s, would inherit Mccabe's unit, just in time for their cartoons to permanently upgrade to color in 1943. The whole studio would eventually contribute to making the Private Snafu cartoons for the military alongside their main shorts.

In 1944, Leon Schlesinger sold his cartoon studio to Warner Bros. and retired, leaving a new boss, Eddie Selzer, in charge. Bob Clampett, having hit his directorial peak by the tail end of World War II, abruptly quit the studio in 1945, with veteran animator Art Davis taking over his unit. Meanwhile, the studios top animator, Bob Mc Kimson, previously the studios top animator, would acquire his own unit in 1945, directing a wartime "Seaman Hook" short, but with his first public theatrical short screened in 1946. Frank Tashlin, who had continued to make witty, fast paced cartoons, complete with his own art deco influenced design sense, was hindered by his desire to move on to live action movies, which gave him a "one foot in, one foot out" situation at the studio, which kept him from truly creatively jelling with the other directors, prompting him to leave the studio one last time in late 1946. Chuck Jones would eventually become the leading director of the studio, introducing many new characters and making his cartoons more stylized than ever by the late 1940's. Most notably, he tinkered with the personalities of Bugs and Daffy in the start of his landmark "Duck Season, Rabbit Season" trilogy, making Bugs a passive-aggressive trickster character, while turning Daffy from a manic screwball to a loudmouthed blowhard with the cards stacked against him. He also started his famous Road Runner cartoons, initially starting as a parody of the tired "Cat Chases Mouse" cartoon formula, but turning into a straight gag series centered around Wile E Coyote's fanatic attempts to capture the elusive bird. Friz Freleng, meanwhile, would start making his series of Tweety and Sylvester cartoons, the former having been a character in three Bob Clampett shorts.

By the mid to late 40's, the studio had officially crystallized it's house style and brand of humor. Their cartoons became the most popular cartoons during the World War II era, and made waves in the industry—nearly every other studio, including Disney, were attempting to copy their brand of fast paced slapstick and sardonic humor.

Up next is Looney Tunes in the Fifties.

P.S. To nitpickers who are wondering where the Private Snafu shorts are, those are listed in their own filmography on the Snafu page.
     Milestone Shorts 

  • Elmer's Candid Camera
  • Confederate Honey
  • You Ought to Be In Pictures
  • A Wild Hare
  • The Timid Toreador
  • Elmer's Pet Rabbit
  • Tortoise Beats Hare
  • Goofy Groceries
  • Hollywood Steps Out
  • Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt
  • The Heckling Hare
  • All This And Rabbit Stew
  • Rhapsody In Rivets
  • Wabbit Twouble
  • Porky's Pooch
  • Conrad The Sailor
  • Crazy Cruise
  • Horton Hatches The Egg
  • The Draft Horse
  • Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid
  • The Ducktators
  • Eatin' on the Cuff
  • The Dover Boys
  • The Hep Cat
  • A Tale of Two Kittes
  • Case of the Missing Hare
  • Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs
  • Tortoise Wins By A Hare
  • Tokio Jokio
  • The Aristo-Cat
  • Tin Pan Alley Cats
  • Porky Pig's Feat
  • A Corny Concerto
  • Falling Hare
  • Little Red Riding Rabbit
  • Bugs Bunny And The Three Bears
  • Angel Puss
  • Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears
  • Odor-able Kitty
  • Nasty Quacks
  • Hare Trigger
  • Book Revue
  • "Baseball Bugs"
  • Baby Bottleneck
  • The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
  • Walky Talky Hawky
  • "The Big Snooze"
  • Rhapsody Rabbit
  • The Goofy Gophers
  • A Hare Grows in Manhattan
  • Tweetie Pie
  • Rabbit Transit
  • Little Orphan Airedale
  • Gorilla My Dreams
  • Back Alley Op-roar
  • Dough Ray Me-Ow
  • The Stupor Salesman
  • Scaredy Cat
  • Fast and Furry-ous

1940:

  • Porky's Last Stand (LT) (Clampett): Porky Pig, Daffy Duck.
  • The Early Worm Gets the Bird (MM) (Avery) Public Domain.
  • Africa Squeaks (LT) (Clampett): Porky. Isn't a Censored Eleven cartoon, but no one is likely to see it due to the African savage stereotypes. Nickelodeon once aired it with no scenes of the African savages.
  • Mighty Hunters (MM) (Jones): Based on Good Housekeeping "Canyon Kiddies" stories.
  • Ali Baba Bound (LT) (Clampett): Porky. Public Domain.
  • Busy Bakers (MM) (Hardaway, Dalton): Last cartoon directed by Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton.
  • Elmer's Candid Camera (MM) (Jones): Debut of Elmer Fudd. Fourth appearance of the Proto-Bugs. Considered by fans to be their least favorite Chuck Jones cartoon (next to maybe the Censored 11 short, Angel Puss) and one of many reasons why Chuck Jones despised his pre-1948 work.
  • Pilgrim Porky (LT) (Clampett): Porky.
  • Cross-Country Detours (MM) (Avery)
  • Confederate Honey (MM) (Freleng): Elmer. Freleng's return short for Warner Bros. after his ill-fated MGM stint. Not a Censored 11 cartoon, but does have a lot of stereotypical black caricatures in it, making any chance of seeing this short uncut on TV (or at all on TV) slim to none.
  • Slap-Happy Pappy (LT) (Clampett): Porky.
  • The Bear's Tale (MM) (Avery)
  • The Hardship of Miles Standish (MM) (Freleng): Elmer.
  • Porky's Poor Fish (LT) (Clampett): Porky.
  • Sniffles Takes a Trip (MM) (Jones): Sniffles the Mouse.
  • You Ought to Be in Pictures (LT) (Freleng): Porky, Daffy. One of The 50 Greatest Cartoons. Combines animation and live action.
  • A Gander at Mother Goose (MM) (Avery)
  • The Chewin' Bruin (LT) (Clampett): Porky.
  • Tom Thumb in Trouble (MM) (Jones)
  • Circus Today (MM) (Avery)
  • Porky's Baseball Broadcast (LT) (Clampett): Porky.
  • Little Blabbermouse (MM) (Freleng): Little Blabbermouse.
  • The Egg Collector (MM)(Jones): Sniffles.
  • A Wild Hare (MM) (Avery): Official debut of Bugs Bunny and the basis for the Bugs vs. Elmer cartoons. In the original version, Elmer guessed Carole Lombard's name in Bugs' game of "Guess Who"? Following Carole Lombard's death in a plane crash (which happened two years after the cartoon premiered), the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodie rerelease replaced "Carole Lombard" with "Barbara Stanwyck."
  • Ghost Wanted (MM) (Jones)
  • Patient Porky (LT) (Clampett): Porky, Daffy. A remake to "The Daffy Doc".
  • Ceiling Hero (MM) (Avery)
  • Malibu Beach Party (MM) (Freleng)
  • Calling Dr. Porky (LT) (Freleng): Porky.
  • Stage Fright (MM) (Jones)
  • Prehistoric Porky (LT) (Clampett): Porky.
  • Holiday Highlights (MM) (Avery)
  • Good Night, Elmer (MM) (Jones): Elmer.
  • The Sour Puss (LT) (Clampett): Porky.
  • Wacky Wildlife (MM) (Avery)
  • Bedtime For Sniffles (MM) (Jones): Sniffles.
  • Porky's Hired Hand (LT) (Freleng): Porky.
  • Of Fox and Hounds (MM) (Avery)
  • The Timid Toreador (LT) (Clampett, Norm McCabe): Porky. Public Domain.
  • Shop, Look, and Listen (MM) (Freleng): Little Blabbermouse.

1941:

  • Elmer's Pet Rabbit (MM) (Jones): Bugs, Elmer.
  • Porky's Snooze Reel (LT) (Clampett, McCabe): Porky.
  • The Fighting 69 1/2th (MM) (Freleng)
  • Sniffles Bells the Cat (MM) (Jones): Sniffles.
  • The Haunted Mouse (LT) (Avery)
  • The Crackpot Quail (MM) (Avery)
  • The Cat's Tale (MM) (Freleng)
  • Joe Glow the Firefly (LT) (Jones)
  • Tortoise Beats Hare (MM) (Avery): Bugs. First appearance of Cecil Turtle. First of the "Bugs Bunny and Cecil Turtle" trilogy. Also the first instance of Bugs "losing" a cartoon.
  • Porky's Bear Facts (LT) (Freleng): Porky. Public Domain.
  • Goofy Groceries (MM) (Clampett): Clampett's first Merrie Melodies short.
  • Toy Trouble (MM) (Jones): Sniffles.
  • Porky's Preview (LT) (Avery): Porky. Avery's only short that uses the streamlined Porky Pig design rather than the morbidly obese Porky that Avery used in the 1930s. Public Domain.
  • The Trial of Mr. Wolf (MM) Freleng
  • Porky's Ant (LT) (Jones): Porky. Public Domain.
  • Farm Frolics (MM) (Clampett)
  • A Coy Decoy (LT) (Clampett): Porky, Daffy. Public Domain.
  • Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (MM) (Freleng): Bugs. Friz's first Bugs Bunny short.
  • Porky's Prize Pony (LT) (Jones): Porky. Public Domain.
  • The Wacky Worm (MM) (Freleng)
  • Meet John Doughboy (Clampett): Porky.
  • The Heckling Hare (MM): Bugs. Last Warner Brothers cartoon directed by Tex Avery. The original ending in which Bugs and Willoughby the dog fell down another cliffside was deleted before release (why this was done is still unknown: one story says it was to censor a risque punchline; another story says that Leon Schlesinger objected to Tex Avery allegedly wanting Bugs Killed Off for Real). Because of the arguments over the lost ending, Avery left WB and got hired at MGM.
  • Inki and the Lion (MM) (Jones): Inki.
  • Aviation Vacation (MM) (Avery): Even though Tex Avery was in the process of creating this cartoon before he got fired, it was Bob Clampett who finished it. Clampett was not credited.
  • We, the Animals, Squeak (LT) (Clampett): Porky. Public Domain.
  • Sport Chumpions (MM) (Freleng) Public Domain.
  • The Henpecked Duck (LT) (Clampett): Daffy, Porky. Public Domain.
  • Snow Time For Comedy (MM) (Jones): Curious Puppies.
  • All This And Rabbit Stew (MM) (Avery): Bugs. One of the Censored Eleven and Bugs' Banned 12 (a collection of 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons scheduled to air on "June Bugs" in 2001, but were pulled due to the ethnic stereotypes that served as Bugs's enemies), and is the only Bugs Bunny cartoon to be a Censored Eleven cartoon. Public Domain.
  • Notes to You (LT) (Freleng): Porky. Remade by Freleng as "Back Alley Oproar". Public Domain.
  • The Brave Little Bat (MM) (Jones): Sniffles.
  • The Bug Parade (MM) (Avery): Finished by Clampett.
  • Robinson Crusoe Jr (McCabe): Porky. Public Domain.
  • Rookie Revue (MM) (Freleng) Public Domain.
  • Saddle Silly (MM) (Jones)
  • The Cagey Canary (MM) (Avery, uncredited): Finished by Clampett.
  • Porky's Midnight Matinee (LT) (Jones): Porky. Public Domain.
  • Rhapsody in Rivets (MM) (Freleng)
  • Wabbit Twouble (MM) (Clampett): Bugs. Bob Clampett's first Bugs Bunny short. Public Domain.
  • Porky's Pooch (LT) (Clampett): Charlie Dog. Public Domain.

1942

  • Hop, Skip, and a Chump (MM) (Freleng)
  • Porky's Pastry Pirates (LT) (Freleng): Porky. Public Domain.
  • The Bird Came C.O.D (MM) (Jones): Conrad the Cat.
  • Aloha Hooey (MM): (Avery, uncredited): Finished by Clampett.
  • Who's Who in the Zoo (LT) (McCabe) Public Domain.
  • Porky's Cafe (MM) Jones: Porky, Conrad. Public Domain.
  • Conrad the Sailor (MM) (Jones): Conrad, Daffy. Jones notably experimented with Match Cuts in this short.
  • Crazy Cruise (MM) (Avery, uncredited): Finished by Clampett.
  • The Wabbit Who Came To Supper (MM) (Freleng): Bugs, Elmer. Public Domain.
  • Saps in Chaps (LT) Freleng.
  • Horton Hatches the Egg (MM) (Clampett): Adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss story, with Clampett's humor mixed in.
  • Dog Tired (MM) (Jones)
  • Daffy's Southern Exposure (LT) (McCabe) Public Domain.
  • The Wacky Wabbit (MM) (Clampett): Bugs, Elmer. Public Domain.
  • The Draft Horse (MM) (Jones): Features an Early-Bird Cameo of Private Snafu (he was the soldier who scrubbed down the horse).
  • Nutty News (LT) (Clampett) Public Domain.
  • Lights Fantastic (MM) (Freleng)
  • Hobby Horse Laffs (LT) (McCabe)
  • Hold the Lion, Please (MM) Jones: Bugs.
  • Gopher Goofy (LT) (McCabe)
  • Double Chaser (MM) (Freleng): Features a proto-Sylvester.
  • Wacky Blackouts (LT) (Clampett) Public Domain.
  • Foney Fables (MM) (Freleng) Public Domain.
  • The Ducktators (LT) (McCabe): A blatant Wartime Cartoon, depicting the Axis powers (as barnyard birds: Hitler is a duck, Mussolini is a goose, and Hirohito is a duck) well before Hetalia reared its bishie head. Public Domain.
  • The Squawkin' Hawk (MM) (Jones): Features a proto-Henery Hawk.
  • Eatin' On the Cuff (LT) (Clampett): Last mainstream B&W cartoon Clampett worked on. Featured live-action mixed with animation, though not to the extent that You Oughta Be In Pictures did. Public Domain.
  • Fresh Hare (MM) (Freleng): Bugs, Elmer. Has a Big Lipped Alligator Moment ending featuring Bugs, Elmer, and four Canadian Mounties as blackfaced minstrels singing "Camptown Races," which is almost always edited out of modern TV (and some gray-market home video) airings. Public Domain.
  • The Impatient Patient (LT) (McCabe): Daffy. Public Domain.
  • Fox Pop (MM) (Jones) Public Domain.
  • The Hep Cat (LT) (Clampett): First Looney Tunes short to be produced in color. LT would become a color series from here on out. Curiously, this short was later reissued as a Merrie Melodies short. Oneshot cartoon.
  • The Sheepish Wolf (MM) (Freleng) Public Domain.
  • The Daffy Duckeroo (LT) (McCabe) Public Domain.
  • The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (MM) (Freleng): Bugs, Elmer. Public Domain.
  • A Tale of Two Kitties (MM) (Clampett): Tweety. Public Domain.
  • My Favorite Duck (LT) (Jones): Daffy, Porky.
  • Ding Dog Daddy (MM) (Freleng) Public Domain.
  • Case of the Missing Hare (MM) (Jones): Bugs. Public Domain.
  • Any Bonds Today? (AKA Bugs Bunny Bond Rally) (Clampett): Bugs, Elmer. Oneshot Wartime Cartoon, neither a Looney Tune nor Merrie Melody, made as a propaganda snippet. Starring Bugs, Elmer (when he was fat), and Porky. Has aired on an episode of Cartoon Network's anthology show Toon Heads during a special episode about lost and rare theatrical cartoons, only the scene of Bugs in blackface as Al Jolson was cut. Public Domain.

1943

  • Fifth Column Mouse (Freleng) Public Domain.
  • To Duck or Not to Duck (Jones): Daffy, Elmer. Public Domain.
  • Flop Goes the Weasel (Jones)
  • Hop and Go (McCabe) Public Domain.
  • Super-Rabbit (Jones): Bugs.
  • The Unbearable Bear (Jones)
  • The Wise-Quacking Duck (Clampett): Daffy.
  • Greetings Bait (Freleng)
  • Tokio Jokio (McCabe): Last cartoon Norm made for the studio. Norm McCabe was credited as "Corporal Norm McCabe" in this cartoon. Public Domain.
  • Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk (Freleng): Bugs.
  • The Aristo-Cat (Jones)
  • Yankee Doodle Daffy (Freleng): Daffy, Porky. Public Domain.
  • Wackiki Wabbit (Jones): Bugs. Public Domain.
  • Tin Pan Alley Cats (Clampett): One of the Censored Eleven. Contains a lot of gags and scenes from Porky in Wackyland
  • Porky Pig's Feat (Tashlin): Porky, Daffy. Frank Tashlin returns to directing for the studio. The only time Bugs Bunny has ever been in a black-and-white cartoon and contains a Hilarious in Hindsight and/or "Funny Aneurysm" Moment when Daffy (who would later be Bugs's enemy) fawns over Bugs Bunny and calls him "my hero." Public Domain.
  • Scrap Happy Daffy (Tashlin): Daffy. Public Domain.
  • Hiss and Make Up (Freleng)
  • An Itch in Time (Clampett): Elmer.
  • Puss N' Booty (Tashlin): Last black and white Tashlin cartoon. Public Domain.

1944

  • What's Cookin', Doc (Clampett): Bugs. Uses clips from "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt".
  • Meatless Flyday (Freleng)
  • Tom Turk and Daffy (Jones): Daffy, Porky.
  • Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (Jones): Bugs, The Three Bears.
  • I Got Plenty of Mutton (Tashlin): A one-shot cartoon featuring what would later be identified as the hallmarks to a Pepe Le Pew cartoon: horny (literally and figuratively in this case) male character with a French accent a la Charles Boyer goes after a character dressed as a female of the male character's species.
  • The Weakly Reporter (Jones)
  • Tick Tock Tuckered (Clampett): Shot for Shot Remake (with color, and Daffy in place of Gabby Goat) of "Porky's Badtime Story".
  • Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips (Freleng): A blatant Wartime Cartoon that will not be seeing a release in the forseeable future (unless Warner Brothers releases the World War II cartoons that they didn't put in the sixth and final Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set). It was released on a Looney Tunes Comedy Show video collection until Japanese-American advocacy groups objected. The Internet seems to be the only place where this cartoon can be found.
  • The Swooner Crooner (Tashlin): Porky.
  • Duck Soup to Nuts (Freleng): Porky, Daffy.
  • Angel Puss (Jones): One of the Censored Eleven.
  • Slightly Daffy (Freleng): Daffy, Porky. Color re-make of "Scalp Trouble" with a few different gags. Unlike "Porky in Wackyland" and "Dough For the Do-Do", the character designs are kept roughly the same between the two shorts.
  • Hare Ribbin' (Clampett): Bugs. Notable for having two different endings (both of which are considered too violent for American TV): 1. The theatrical version, which has the dog shooting himself in the head. 2. The "Director's Cut", which has Bugs himself shoot the dog.
  • Brother Brat (Tashlin): Porky.
  • Hare Force (Freleng): Bugs.
  • From Hand to Mouse (Jones)
  • Birdy and the Beast (Clampett): Tweety.
  • Buckaroo Bugs (Clampett): Bugs.
  • Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears (Freleng): One of the Censored Eleven.
  • Plane Daffy (Tashlin): Daffy. Features a Femme Fatale Spy character named Hatta Mari (whose blond hair and topheavy hourglass figure would later be a reality in the form of Jayne Mansfield)
  • Lost and Foundling (Jones): Sniffles.
  • Booby Hatched (Tashlin)
  • The Stupid Cupid (Tashlin): Daffy, Elmer.
  • Stage Door Cartoon (Freleng): Bugs, Elmer.

1945

  • Odor-able Kitty (Jones): First Pepe Le Pew cartoon and the only time Bugs Bunny appears in a Pepe cartoon (even though the Bugs appearance was the cat flawlessly disguising himself to get away from Pepe). Has a lot of Early Installment Weirdness in it, compared to the usual Pepe cartoons. For starters, the cat Pepe chases is a male, the cartoon doesn't take place in France, and in the end, Pepe turns out to be a married skunk — with two children and a very angry wife — who doesn't regularly speak with a French accent.
  • Herr Meets Hare (Freleng) : Bugs. First time Bugs uses the line "I knew I shoulda taken a left turn at Albuquerque!" whenever he gets lost. Includes an early version of the Wagnerian opera sequence that would later be seen in What's Opera, Doc? Also, despite being a Wartime Cartoon that was initially banned from TV for showing references to Nazis and Adolf Hitler, it has aired on Cartoon Network's Toon Heads special about World War II cartoons.
  • Draftee Daffy (Clampett): Daffy.
  • The Unruly Hare (Tashlin): Bugs, Elmer.
  • Trap-Happy Porky: Porky.
  • Life With Feathers (Freleng): Sylvester.
  • Behind the Meatball (Tashlin)
  • Hare Trigger (Freleng): Bugs, Yosemite Sam. First appearance of Yosemite Sam.
  • Ain't That Ducky: Daffy.
  • A Gruesome Twosome (Clampett): Tweety. Features a red cat and a dim witted yellow cat who, according to John Kricfalusi, would be the inspiration for Stimpy.
  • A Tale of Two Mice (Tashlin)
  • Wagon Heels (Clampett): Porky. A Shot for Shot Remake (color remake, to be percise) of "Injun Trouble"
  • Hare Conditioned (Jones): Bugs.
  • Fresh Airedale (Jones)
  • The Bashful Buzzard (Clampett): Beaky Buzzard. Similar to "Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid" (only the cartoon focuses on Beaky the Buzzard and only him). Second appearance of Beaky Buzzard.
  • Peck Up Your Troubles (Freleng): Sylvester.
  • Hare Tonic (Jones): Bugs, Elmer.
  • Nasty Quacks (Tashlin, uncredited): Daffy.

1946

  • Holiday For Shoestrings (Freleng)
  • Quentin Quail (Jones)
  • Hare Remover (Tashlin, uncredited): Bugs, Elmer. Tashlin's last cartoon for Warner Bros.
  • Daffy Doodles (McKimson): Daffy, Porky.
  • Hollywood Canine Canteen (McKimson)
  • Hush My Mouse (Jones)
  • Kitty Kornered (Clampett): Sylvester.
  • Hollywood Daffy (Freleng, uncredited): Daffy.
  • Acrobatty Bunny (McKimson): Bugs.
  • The Eager Beaver (Jones)
  • Bacall to Arms (Clampett, uncredited)
  • Of Thee I Sting (Freleng)
  • Walky Talky Hawky (McKimson): Foghorn, Henery Hawk, Barnyard Dawg.
  • Racketeer Rabbit (Freleng): Bugs.
  • Fair and Worm-er (Jones)
  • "The Big Snooze" (Clampett, uncredited): Bugs, Elmer. Clampett's last Warner Bros. cartoon.
  • The Mouse-Merized Cat (McKimson)
  • Mouse Menace (Arthur Davis): Porky.
  • Rhapsody Rabbit (Freleng): Bugs.
  • Roughly Squeaking (Jones): Hubie, Bertie.

1947

  • One Meat Brawl (Davis): Porky.
  • The Goofy Gophers (Davis): Goofy Gophers. Public Domain.
  • The Gay Anties (Freleng)
  • Scent-imental Over You (Jones): Pepe Le Pew.
  • A Hare Grows in Manhattan (Freleng): Bugs.
  • Birth of a Notion (McKimson): Daffy.
  • Tweetie Pie (Freleng): Sylvester, Tweety.
  • Rabbit Transit (Freleng): Bugs.
  • Hobo Bobo (McKimson)
  • Along Came Daffy (Freleng): Daffy, Sam.
  • Inki at the Circus (Jones): Inki.
  • Easter Yeggs (McKimson): Bugs, Elmer.
  • Crowing Pains (McKimson): Foghorn, Henery Hawk, Barnyard Dawg, Sylvester. Public Domain.
  • The Foxy Duckling (Davis)
  • House-Hunting Mice (Jones): Hubie, Bertie.
  • Little Orphan Airedale (Jones): Charlie Dog, Porky.
  • Doggone Cats (Davis)
  • Slick Hare (Freleng): Bugs, Elmer.
  • Mexican Joyride (Davis): Daffy.
  • Catch as Cats Can (Davis): Sylvester.
  • A Horsefly Fleas (McKimson)

1948

  • Gorilla My Dreams (McKimson): Bugs.
  • Two Gophers From Texas (Davis): Goofy Gophers.
  • A Feather in His Hare (Jones): Bugs.
  • What Makes Daffy Duck (Davis): Daffy, Elmer.
  • What's Brewin', Bruin (Jones): The Three Bears.
  • Daffy Duck Slept Here (McKimson): Porky, Daffy.
  • A Hick, a Slick, and a Chick (Davis)
  • Back Alley Op-Roar (Freleng): Elmer, Sylvester.
  • I Taw a Putty Tat (Freleng): Sylvester, Tweety.
  • Rabbit Punch (Jones): Bugs.
  • Hop, Look, and Listen (McKimson): Sylvester, Hippety Hopper.
  • Nothing But the Tooth (Davis): Porky.
  • Buccaneer Bunny (Freleng): Bugs, Sam.
  • Bone Sweet Bone (Davis)
  • Bugs Bunny Rides Again (Freleng): Bugs, Sam.
  • The Rattled Rooster (Davis)
  • The Up-Standing Sitter (McKimson): Daffy.
  • The Shell-Shocked Egg (McKimson)
  • Haredevil Hare (Jones): Bugs, Marvin the Martian.
  • You Were Never Duckier (Jones): Daffy, Henery Hawk.
  • Dough Ray Me-Ow (Davis)
  • Hot Cross Bunny (McKimson): Bugs.
  • The Pest That Came to Dinner (Davis): Porky.
  • Hare Splitter (Freleng): Bugs.
  • Odor of the Day (Davis): Is one of a handful of Golden Age Pepe Le Pew cartoons not directed by Chuck Jones. Is also known as the only cartoon in which Pepe doesn't chase after another animal that's been painted up like a skunk and the only cartoon in which Pepe doesn't speak (except for a "Gesundheit" at the end).
  • The Foghorn Leghorn (McKimson): Foghorn, Henery Hawk, Barnyard Dawg.
  • A-Lad-in His Lamp (McKimson): Bugs.
  • Daffy Dilly (Jones): Daffy.
  • Kit For Cat (Freleng): Sylvester, Elmer.
  • Riff Raffy Daffy (Davis): Daffy, Porky.
  • My Bunny Lies Over the Sea (Jones): Bugs.
  • Scaredy Cat (Jones): Porky, Sylvester.

1949

  • Wise Quackers (Freleng): Daffy, Elmer. Hasn't been seen on TV since the 1990s due to the black slavery references. It did air on The Merrie Melodies Show with the scene of Daffy acting like an old black slave to prove to Elmer that he'll be loyal to him edited (ABC also aired this cartoon in the mid-1980s with the Uncle Tom scene cut, and also a scene where Elmer's neighbor hits him over the head with a hammer), but after that, it disappeared from the airwaves on American TV. It is featured on a Looney Tunes DVD set dedicated to Daffy Duck cartoons.
  • Hare Do (Freleng): Bugs, Elmer.
  • Holiday For Drumsticks (Davis): Daffy.
  • The Awful Orphan (Jones): Charlie Dog, Porky.
  • Porky Chops (Davis): Porky.
  • Mississippi Hare (Jones): Bugs.
  • Paying the Piper (McKimson): Porky.
  • Daffy Duck Hunt (McKimson): Daffy, Porky, Barnyard Dawg.
  • Rebel Rabbit (McKimson): Bugs.
  • Mouse Wreckers (Jones): Hubie, Bertie.
  • High Diving Hare (Freleng): Bugs, Sam.
  • The Bee-Deviled Bruin (Jones): The Three Bears.
  • Curtain Razor (Freleng): Porky.
  • Bowery Bugs (Davis): Bugs.
  • Mouse Mazurka (Freleng): Sylvester.
  • Long-Haired Hare (Jones): Bugs.
  • Hen House Henery (McKimson): Foghorn, Henery Hawk, Barnyard Dawg.
  • Knights Must Fall (Freleng): Bugs.
  • Bad Ol' Putty Tat (Freleng): Sylvester, Tweety.
  • The Grey-Hounded Hare (McKimson): Bugs.
  • Often an Orphan (Jones): Charlie Dog, Porky.
  • The Windblown Hare (McKimson): Bugs.
  • Dough For the Do-Do (Freleng): Porky. Color re-make of "Porky in Wackyland" with a new soundtrack, a few different gags, and updated character designs.
  • Each Dawn I Crow (Freleng): Elmer.
  • Frigid Hare (Jones): Bugs.
  • Swallow the Leader (McKimson)
  • Bye, Bye, Bluebeard (Davis)
  • For Scent-imental Reasons (Jones): Pepe Le Pew. Is the first Pepe cartoon to have Pepe paired with a female cat, have the cartoon take place in France, and is the first of three Pepe cartoons to have the female cat chase Pepe in the end. Is also the only Pepe cartoon to win an Oscar (which Eddie Selzer — WB's studio head at the time who thought the Pepe cartoons wouldn't appeal to anyone — accepted following its win).
  • Hippety Hopper (McKimson): Sylvester, Hippety Hopper.
  • Which is Witch (Freleng): Bugs.
  • Bear Feat (Jones): The Three Bears.
  • A Ham in a Role (McKimson): Goofy Gophers.

Alternative Title(s):

Merrie Melodies In The Forties