Useful Notes: Looney Tunes in the Sixties

Part four of the Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies Filmography, covering the shorts from 1960 to 1969. A total of 147 shorts were released during this time.

As the image to your right illustrates, the sixties marked a time of change for the Looney Tunes, and not one long time fans would very much enjoy, this being smack in the middle of The Dark Age of Animation. The practice of including cartoons before theatrical films was starting to disappear, as cartoons began to make the mass exodus to television, and the Animation Age Ghetto started to take effect in force. This would lead to many animation studios having their budgets slashed, as there was far less money to be made in theatrical cartoon shorts. To be sure, there was a lot of quality work in this era: the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons really hit their stride, along with some of the last great Bugs Bunny cartoons of the "classic" Looney Tunes era. But ever lower budgets meant a lot of shortcuts had to be taken, and the lush hand-painted backgrounds of previous decades would give way to flatter, more abstract designs, and character animation would become much less fluid and more formulaic, with the influence of the Avery/Clampett eras largely disappearing.

One of the things that would mark this era was the near-absence of series headliner Bugs Bunny, who would take his last bow of the classic era in 1964's False Hare. With Bugs now largely gone, Daffy would now take his frustrations on Speedy Gonzales; the lion's share of their output in this era would have them butting heads. Wile E. Coyote continued to chase the Road Runner, and Foghorn Leghorn and the Dawg would help keep the classic Looney Tunes feel alive for a further few years. New comers to the Looney Tunes stable included Bunny and Claude (a pair of rabbits parodying Bonnie and Clyde who would rob banks of their carrots), Cool Cat (a beatnik tiger) and Merlin Mouse. These characters were largely disliked, and today are regarded as being emblematic of the Dork Age of Warner Bros. Animation.

Ultimately, however, the last cartoon short with any of the "classic" characters would be 1968's See You Later Gladiator, another Daffy/Speedy match up. The next cartoon produced that featured the classic stable would be 1979's Bugs Buny's Christmas Carol. Though the classic stable of characters would continue to reappear in coming decades, it's largely agreed that they have yet to once again match the dizzying quality they had in the 40's and fifties.

Up next is Looney Tunes in the Seventies and Onward.


  • Fastest With The Mostest (LT) (Chuck Jones): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • West Of The Pesos (MM) (Robert McKimson): Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester.
  • Horse Hare (LT) (Friz Freleng): Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam.
  • Wild Wild World (McKimson)
  • Goldimouse And The Three Cats (Freleng): Sylvester, Sylvester Jr.
  • Person To Bunny (Freleng): Bugs, Daffy, Elmer.
  • Who Scent You? (Jones): Pepe Le Pew.
  • Hyde And Go Tweet (Freleng): Sylvester, Tweety.
  • Rabbit’s Feat (Jones): Bugs, Wile E. Coyote.
  • Crockett-Doodle-Do (McKimson): Foghorn Leghorn, Egghead Jr.
  • Mouse And Garden (Freleng): Sylvester.
  • Ready, Woolen And Able (Jones): Ralph E. Wolf and Sam Sheepdog.
  • Mice Follies (McKimson): The Honey-Mousers.
  • From Hare To Heir (Freleng): Bugs, Sam.
  • The Dixie Fryer (McKimson): Foghorn. Featurs the Southern redneck birds, Pappy and Elvis from "Backwoods Bunny"
  • Hopalong Casualty (Jones): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Trip For Tat (Freleng): Sylvester, Tweety, Granny. A "cheater" cartoon which reuses sequences from "Tweety's S.O.S.", "Tweet, Tweet, Tweety", "Tree-Cornered Tweety", and "A-Pizza Tweety Pie".
  • Dog Gone People (McKimson): Elmer. Hal Smith replaced the deceased Arthur Q. Bryan as Elmer.
  • High Note (LT) (Jones)
  • Lighter Than Hare (MM) (Freleng): Bugs, Sam.


  • Cannery Woe (McKimson): Speedy, Sylvester.
  • Zip ‘N Snort (Jones): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Hoppy Daze (McKimson): Sylvester, Hippety Hopper.
  • The Mouse on 57th Street (Jones): A one-shot cartoon about a mouse who gets drunk on rum cake and steals a diamond (which he mistakes for ice for his hangover)
  • Strangled Eggs (McKimson): Foghorn, Miss Prissy, Henery Hawk.
  • Birds Of A Father (McKimson): Sylvester, Sylvester Jr.
  • D’ Fightin’ Ones (Freleng): Sylvester.
  • The Abominable Snow Rabbit (Jones, Maurice Noble): Bugs, Daffy.
  • Lickety-Splat (Jones): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • A Scent Of The Matterhorn (Jones): Pepe. Features a Credits Gag in which everyone's name is in mangled French.
  • Rebel Without Claws (Freleng): Sylvester, Tweety.
  • Compressed Hare (Jones, Noble): Bugs, Wile E. Coyote.
  • The Pied Piper Of Guadalupe (Freleng, Hawley Pratt): Speedy, Sylvester.
  • Prince Violent (Freleng, Pratt): Bugs, Sam.
  • Daffy’s Inn Trouble (McKimson): Daffy, Porky.
  • What’s My Lion? (McKimson): Elmer. Elmer's last speaking role in the classic Looney Tunes series.
  • Beep Prepared (Jones, Noble): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • The Last Hungry Cat (Freleng, Pratt): Sylvester, Tweety.
  • Nelly’s Folly (Jones, Noble, Abe Levitow)


  • Wet Hare (McKimson): Bugs. Last cartoon featuring short-lived enemy Blacque Jacque Shellacque (a French-Canadian adversary who first appeared in "Bonanza Bunny")
  • A Sheep In The Deep (Jones, Noble): Wolf, Sheepdog.
  • Fish 'n Slips (McKimson): Sylvester, Sylvester Jr.
  • Quackodile Tears (Arthur Davis): Daffy. Arthur Davis's final cartoon (and his first one since 1949). Is the only time in which Daffy isn't drawn with his white collar
  • Crow’s Feat (Freleng, Pratt)
  • Mexican Boarders (Freleng, Pratt): Speedy, Sylvester.
  • Bill Of Hare (McKimson): Bugs, Tasmanian Devil.
  • Zoom At The Top (Jones, Noble): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • The Slick Chick (McKimson): Foghorn.
  • Louvre Come Back To Me (Jones, Noble): Last Pepe Le Pew cartoon (and the first one since "Odor-Able Kitty" to feature a third-party character — Penelope's boyfriend who tries to get Pepe for stealing his girl).
  • Honey's Money (Freleng): Sam. Is the only Golden Age cartoon that has Yosemite Sam with a human enemy (his wife and her son) rather than a talking animal (like Bugs Bunny)
  • The Jet Cage (Freleng): Sylvester, Tweety, Granny. Milt Franklyn's final short (he died during production). Bill Lava (uncredited) replaced him for the last 3 1/2 minutes and would become the new composer for WB animation.
  • Mother Was A Rooster (McKimson): Foghorn, Barnyard Dawg. The last released cartoon scored entirely by Milt Franklyn, not counting 1965's "Zip Zip Hooray" and "Road Runner a Go-Go", which were merely edited from The Adventures of the Road Runner pilot.
  • Good Noose (McKimson): Daffy. The first cartoon which credited Bill Lava. Was rarely shown on network TV due to the many noose gags and the scene of Daffy locking himself in a trunk (as the censors feared kids would be stupid enough to imitate what Daffy did)note , but was shown on Cartoon Network uncut and uncensored (despite that Cartoon Network has edited past Looney Tunes shorts to get rid of characters hanging from nooses).
  • Shiskabugs (Freleng): Bugs, Sam.
  • Martian Through Georgia (Jones, Noble, Levitow)
  • The Adventures of the Road Runner (Jones, Noble): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner. A Made for TV pilot.


  • I Was A Teenage Thumb (Jones, Noble)
  • Devil’s Feud Cake (Freleng): Bugs, Sam. A "cheater" cartoon which reuses sequences from "Hare Lift", "Roman Legion-Hare", and "Sahara Hare". Also reuses the "Sam in Hell" premise from an episode of The Bugs Bunny Show.
  • Fast Buck Duck (McKimson, Ted Bonnicksen): Daffy.
  • The Million Hare (McKimson): Bugs, Daffy.
  • Mexican Cat Dance (Freleng): Speedy, Sylvester.
  • Now Hear This (Jones, Noble): First WB cartoon to use the new "Abstract" WB opening/closing logos.
  • Woolen Under Where (Phil Monroe, Richard Thompson): Wolf, Sheepdog.
  • Hare-Breadth Hurry (Jones, Noble): Bugs, Wile E. Coyote.
  • Banty Raids (McKimson): Foghorn, Barnyard Dawg.
  • Chili Weather (Freleng): Speedy, Sylvester.
  • The Unmentionables (Freleng): Bugs, Rocky, Mugsy.
  • Aqua Duck (McKimson): Daffy.
  • Mad As A Mars Hare (Jones, Noble): Bugs, Marvin the Martian.
  • Claws In The Lease (McKimson): Sylvester, Sylvester Jr.
  • Transylvania 6-5000 (MM) (Jones, Noble): Bugs.
  • To Beep Or Not To Beep (Jones, Noble): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner. Edited from the Adventures of the Road Runner pilot, with a brand new soundtrack by Bill Lava.
  • Philbert: A made for TV live action/ animation hybrid, made by Friz Freleng.


  • Dumb Patrol (Gerry Chiniquy): Bugs, Sam.
  • A Message To Gracias (McKimson): Speedy, Sylvester.
  • Bartholomew Versus The Wheel (McKimson): Second WB cartoon to use the new "Abstract" WB opening/closing logos.
  • Freudy Cat (McKimson): Sylvester, Sylvester Jr., Hippety Hopper. A "cheater" cartoon which reuses animation from "Who's Kitten Who?", "Too Hop to Handle", "The Slap-Hoppy Mouse", and "Cats a-Weigh".
  • Dr. Devil And Mr. Hare (McKimson): Bugs, Taz.
  • Nuts And Volts (Freleng): Speedy, Sylvester.
  • The Iceman Ducketh (Monroe): Bugs, Daffy.
  • War And Pieces (Jones, Noble): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner. Chuck Jones's swan song. He would soon after form Sib Tower 12 and direct many brand new Tom And Jerry shorts with pretty much all of the same crew from his WB unit.
  • Hawaiian Aye-Aye (Chiniquy): Sylvester, Tweety, Granny.
  • False Hare (McKimson): Bugs. Foghorn cameo. The final Bugs short of the classic era, also the final short with the "Bullseye" opening/closing logos.
  • Senorella And The Glass Huarache (Pratt): The final short produced at Warner Bros. Animation. By this point, the "Abstract" WB logos will be used on all new WB-released cartoons from here on. Last oneshot short by the studio until 1968.
  • Pancho’s Hideaway (Freleng, Pratt): Speedy.: The first short produced at Depatie-Freleng Enterprises.
  • Road To Andalay (Freleng, Pratt): Speedy, Sylvester.


  • Zip-Zip-Hooray: Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner. Edited from the Adventures of the Road Runner pilot.
  • It’s Nice To Have A Mouse Around The House (Freleng, Pratt): Speedy, Sylvester, Granny, Daffy.
  • Cats And Bruises (Freleng, Pratt): Speedy, Sylvester.
  • Roadrunner A-Go-Go: Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner. Edited from the Adventures of the Road Runner pilot.
  • The Wild Chase (Freleng): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Speedy, Sylvester. The only Road Runner short directed by Friz Freleng.
  • Moby Duck (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Assault And Peppered (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Well Worn Daffy (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Suppressed Duck (McKimson): Daffy.
  • Corn On The Cop (Irv Spector): Daffy, Porky, Granny.
  • Rushing Roulette (McKimson): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Run, Run, Sweet Roadrunner (Rudy Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner. The first short sub-contracted to Format Films, and the only Larriva Road Runner with a scene-specific score.
  • Tease For Two (McKimson): Daffy, Goofy Gophers.
  • Tired And Feathered (Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Boulder Wham (Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Chili Corn Corny (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Just Plane Beep (Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Harried And Hurried (Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Go Go Amigo (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Highway Runnery (Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Chaser On The Rocks (Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.


  • The Astroduck (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Shot And Bothered (Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Out And Out Rout (Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Muchos Locos (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy. Only cartoon scored by Herman Stein. Ostensibly a Clip Show but if you look carefully, the old footage was actually re-animated.
  • The Solid Tin Coyote (Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Mexican Mousepiece (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Clippety Clobbered (Larriva): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • Daffy Rents (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy. Only cartoon scored by Irving Gertz.
  • A-Haunting We Will Go (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy, Witch Hazel.
  • Snow Excuse (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy.
  • A Squeak In The Deep (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy. First of six cartoons scored by Walter Greene.
  • Feather Finger (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Swing Ding Amigo (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Sugar And Spies (McKimson): Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner.
  • A Taste Of Catnip (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy. Sylvester cameo.


  • Daffy’s Diner (McKimson): Daffy, Speedy. Final cartoon scored by Walter Greene, final short produced at DePatie-Freleng
  • Quacker Tracker (Larriva): Daffy, Speedy. Only cartoon scored by Frank Perkins, first of three Daffy/Speedy shorts produced at Format Films
  • The Music Mice-tro (Larriva): Daffy, Speedy.
  • The Spy Swatter (Larriva): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Speedy Ghost To Town (Alex Lovy): Daffy, Speedy. The first short produced at Warner Bros. Animation in three years.
  • Rodent To Stardom (Lovy): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Go Away Stowaway (Lovy): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Cool Cat (Lovy): Cool Cat, Colonel Rimfire. The first cartoon to feature updated Looney Tunes title sequences with the Warner/Seven Arts logo.
  • Merlin The Magic Mouse (Lovy): Merlin the Magic Mouse, Second Banana.
  • Fiesta Fiasco (Lovy): Daffy, Speedy.


  • Hocus Pocus Pow Wow (Lovy): Merlin the Magic Mouse, Second Banana.
  • Norman Normal (Lovy): Neither a Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies cartoon; released as a Cartoon Special. Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary produced the opening and ending songs.
  • Big Game Haunt (Lovy): Cool Cat, Colonel Rimfire.
  • Skyscraper Caper (Lovy): Daffy, Speedy.
  • Hippydrome Tiger (Lovy): Cool Cat, Colonel Rimfire.
  • Feud With A Dude (Lovy): Merlin the Magic Mouse, Second Banana.
  • See Ya Later Gladiator (Lovy): Daffy, Speedy. Last short to star "classic" characters.
  • 3 Ring Wing Ding (Lovy): Cool Cat, Colonel Rimfire.
  • Flying Circus (Lovy)
  • Chimp And Zee (Lovy)
  • Bunny And Claude: We Rob Carrot Patches (McKimson): Bunny, Claude.


  • The Great Carrot Train Robbery (McKimson): Bunny, Claude.
  • Fistic Mystic (McKimson): Merlin the Magic Mouse, Second Banana.
  • Rabbit Stew And Rabbits Too! (McKimson): Intended as a series, but never got off the ground due to the WB animation studio closing, thus making it the last one-shot cartoon in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies franchise.
  • Shamrock And Roll (McKimson): Merlin the Magic Mouse, Second Banana.
  • Bugged By A Bee (McKimson): Cool Cat.
  • Injun Trouble (McKimson): Cool Cat. Rarely aired on American TV due to Native American stereotypes. The hardest to find Warner Bros cartoon.

Alternative Title(s):

Merrie Melodies In The Sixties, Looney Tunes In The Sixties