Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies

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Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
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"Th-Th-The, Th-Th-The, Th-Th-That's all, folks!"
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 6–10 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: Original Series:
April 19, 1930 –
July 26, 1969
Revival Series:
November 20, 1987 –
June 10, 2014
Distributed by: Harman-Ising Productions (1930–1933)
Leon Schlesinger Productions (1933–1944)
Warner Bros. Cartoons (1944–1964)
DePatie–Freleng Enterprises (1964–1967)
Format Productions (1964–1967)
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Animation (1967–1969)
Warner Bros. Animation (1987–2014)
Starring: Mel Blanc
June Foray
Arthur Q. Bryan
Bea Benaderet
Stan Freberg
Episodes: +1,000 Shorts


Looney Tunes is a series of comedy cartoon shorts produced by Warner Brothers.

Why It Rocks

  1. Countless amazing characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester Pussycat, Tweety Bird, Tazmanian Devil, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Porky Pig, Lola Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Pepe le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Foghorn Leghorn, Sniffles Mouse, Beaky Buzzard, Barnyard Dawg, and many others that to this date are still very popular.
    • Other great and likable supporting characters include Marvin the Martian, Granny, Witch Hazel, Spike and Chester, Hubie and Bertie, Michigan J. Frog, Sylvester Junior, Mac and Tosh, Claude Cat, Charlie Dog, Pussyfoot and Marc Anthony, Hippety Hopper, Egghead, Hector the Bulldog, Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf, Miss Prissy, Rocky and Mugsy, The Three Bears, and more.
  2. Good use of slapstick humor with excellent timings.
  3. Good animation for its time by several top-notch animators such as Chuck Jones, Ken Harris, Rod Scribner, Robert McKimson (who’s also a director), Virgil Ross, Ben Washam, Gerry Chiniquy, Arthur Davis (who was also a director for a brief period after Bob Clampett left), and many others.
  4. Colorful visuals.
  5. A lot of great directors such as Friz Freleng, Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, Frank Tashlin, Robert McKimson, and especially Chuck Jones.
  6. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck's friendship/rivalry is one of the most iconic relationships in cartoon history.
  7. Other characters also have excellent chemistry such as Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
  8. Bugs Bunny is a master at making a fool out of his enemies.
  9. Several good spinoffs such as Tiny Toon Adventures, Taz-Mania, Duck Dodgers, The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, The Looney Tunes Show and New Looney Tunes
  10. Speaking of movies, it spawned a ton of TV specials on CBS and Cartoon Network, even ones on Bugs Bunny, such as Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over (1980), Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales (1979), The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special (1980), etc.
  11. Amazing voice acting, especially from Mel Blanc, the "man of a thousand voices", June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan and Stan Freberg.
  12. The theme tunes are catchy and memorable for kids and adults alike.
  13. Amazing soundtracks, especially from Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn.
  14. It gave us what is often considered the greatest cartoon ever, What's Opera, Doc?
  15. The Looney Tunes CGI shorts produced by Matthew O' Callaghan in the early-2010s such as "Coyote Falls", "Daffy's Rhapsody", etc. had really great CGI animation that stay true to the original character designs and the original cartoons.
  16. A lot of talented writers such as Michael Maltese and Warren Foster.
  17. Clever use of pop-cultural references to many famous celebrities and movies of the time.
  18. Has clever hidden adult jokes, mainly in the cartoons directed by Bob Clampett and Frank Tashlin.
  19. The series has been nominated and even won several Academy Awards for their cartoons like "Tweetie Pie", "Birds Anonymous" and "Knighty Knight Bugs".
  20. Several memorable quotes such as "What's Up, Doc?", "You're Despicable!", "Sufferin' Succotash!", "I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat!", "That’s All, Folks!", as well as a few others.
  21. Funny gags.

Bad Qualities

  1. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck suffered flanderization during and after the Chuck Jones era.
  2. Some cartoons present one of the characters committing suicide, such as Life with Feathers (the debut cartoon of Sylvester).
  3. Some bad shorts, even before the 1964-1969 era such as;
    • Elmer's Candid Camera (Elmer Fudd's debut)
    • Elmer's Pet Rabbit
    • Good Night Elmer
    • The Bird Came C.O.D.
    • Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips
    • Tokio Jokio (which its director, Norm McCabe, was ashamed of)
    • Pre-Hysterical Hare
    • Good Noose
    • Devil's Feud Cake
    • Mexican Cat Dance
    • Freudy Cat
    • The Iceman Ducketh
    • The "Censored Eleven"TTSW cartoons are outright awful due to their heavy use of ethnic stereotypes, racism, and the infamously heavy World War II themes, especially towards African-Americans and Asians (the latter usually being meant to demonize the Japanese for the sake of war propaganda, having been made during World War II). These eleven cartoons offended so many people, that the United Artists decided to ban them from ever airing on television again, the worst being All This and Rabbit Stew and Jungle Jitters.
  4. The cartoons of the late 1960sTTSW are a disgrace to the classic cartoons.
  5. Buddy is often considered to be possibly the least looney Looney Tunes character (if not just one of the least looney), as he was just a poor, bland, whitewashed, inferior version of Bosko (who himself is fairly divisive, but even he has his fans). Neither he nor his cartoonsTTSW were well received. He may have very well been the cause to bring down the original series sooner than later if it weren't for later directors, like Friz Freleng and Tex Avery, being brought in to liven up and improve it.
    • Other weak characters include Chuck Jones' early Disney-esque characters from the late-1930s/early-1940s such as Sniffles, Inki, Conrad Cat and the Two Curious Puppies.
    • Cecil Turtle from the Bugs vs. Cecil shorts is also unlikable due to him being smug and how he keeps on making Bugs Bunny look like a loser.
    • Henery Hawk can be obnoxious at times as well. And it doesn't help that he was the primary influence behind Scrappy-Doo.
  6. Some of the team-ups like the Daffy and Speedy cartoons are either forgettable or bad, due to the rivalries not working as well as other famous rivalries like Bugs vs Elmer/Sam/Daffy/Taz, Tweety/Speedy vs Sylvester, and Road Runner vs Wile E.
  7. While not a bad director, Friz Freleng sometimes used the same gags from his earlier shorts for some of his later cartoons, the most notable being in the critically acclaimed cartoon, Show Biz Bugs. They often either work well as with Show Biz Bugs stated above, or it fails miserably as for Mexican Cat Dance.
    • Chuck Jones didn't start offTTSW as a good director during his early years and has made very boring cartoons from the 30s and early 40s as he tried hard to be like Disney such as The Bird Came C.O.D. starring Conrad Cat; it was criticized as one of his worst cartoons ever made, and almost caused him to get fired from Leon Schlesinger Productions. Jones also had some of his cartoons stop midway every now and then, both his early and later.
    • When Friz Freleng briefly left for MGM between 1938-1939, Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton, who temporarily took over his unit, both tended to direct more Disney-esque cartoons (similarly to Chuck Jones's early fare) or pale imitations of Tex Avery's earlier cartoons . Some of their cartoons were decent (most notably the cartoons starring the Bugs Bunny prototype or Egghead), but there were also many misfires.
  8. The redrawn colorizedTTSW versions of the black and white cartoons are inferior to the original black and white and computer colorized versions.

Trivia

  • Looney Tunes was not only popular in the United States of America, it was also popular in Asia and in Europe (especially in Italy and in France), too.
  • Several internet memes, like King Bugs, Big Chungus and I'll Steal it, originated from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts.

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BluePenguin28

8 months ago
Score 2
And actually have a weird comunnist spanish bug's meme called:TENEMOS
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PATRICKSTARSEVEN

4 months ago
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What happened to the comments?

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