Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
This episode further solidifies the Bugs/Daffy relationship, and has different characters interacting for the first time. There's a great bit with Sylvester chasing Tweety, only to get scared into the rafters by Speedy and land on Daffy. We also get a rare encounter between Foghorn Leghorn and Pepe Le Pew, some re-used animation from "Duck Amuck", and Daffy meeting Speedy for the first time ever (It doesn't go well!) Enjoy this all-star Looney Tunes treasure!
Friday, December 28, 2007
Enjoy this rare gem! Maybe I'll post more of these...
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
This fun Christmas item from 1989 features the whole Looney Tunes gang carolling. Brach's candies, the company who produced this item, did a follow-up for Bugs' 50th birthday in 1990...both were some of the last items Warner licensed before standardizing their models of the characters and creating the clipart we see today.
Monday, December 17, 2007
A recent story as reported on CNN's website:
ROME, Italy (AP) -- Tweety may get a chance to take the witness stand and sing like a canary.
An Italian court ordered the animated bird, along with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and his girlfriend Daisy, to testify in a counterfeiting case.
In what lawyers believe was a clerical error worthy of a Looney Tunes cartoon, a court in Naples sent a summons to the characters ordering them to appear Friday in a trial in the southern Italian city, officials said.
The court summons cites Titti, Paperino, Paperina, Topolino -- the Italian names for the characters -- as damaged parties in the criminal trial of a Chinese man accused of counterfeiting products of Disney and Warner Bros.
Instead of naming only the companies and their legal representatives, clerks also wrote in the witness list the names of the cartoons that decorated the toys and gadgets the man had reproduced, said Fiorenza Sorotto, vice president of Disney Company Italia.
"Unfortunately they cannot show up, as they are residents of Disneyland," Sorotto joked in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "It certainly pleased us that the characters were considered real, because that's what we try to do."
The Naples court will have to rewrite the summons, although this will probably delay the trial, said Disney lawyer Cristina Ravelli.
"Let's hope the characters will not be prosecuted for failing to appear," Ravelli quipped.
Calls seeking comment from Warner Bros. in Milan were not immediately returned. Phones at the Naples court were not answered Tuesday.
Bob Bergen sent along this funny MP3 of what it may have been like if Tweety actually DID take the stand. Click here to listen!
Friday, December 14, 2007
The absence of Mel Blanc hurt this album tremendously, but the four voice actors who played Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Taz did a pretty decent job. Bugs was played by an actor nemed Mendi Segal (sp?) Daffy was Joe Alaskey, Taz was Jim Cummings, and Fudd was Jim Meskimen, who later wound up doing George W. Bush for the jibjab.com political cartoons.
Here's a sampling of the results...not bad, really! A real highlight is Joe Alaskey doing Yosemite Sam as a pirate in "Help!"...
UPDATE (12/18/07): Bob Bergen sends along some more information about the LT Beatles album:
Regarding your Looney Tunes Beatles blog, I myself participated in this project, but sadly the songs I sang were cut. Originally Porky sang Mother Nature's Son, and Tweety sang Yellow Submarine. But for reasons I don't know they decided to cut Porky and Tweety. I think the feeling was they wanted to have a Looney Tunes fab 4. With the inclusion of Porky and Tweety, that would make 6. Too many toons. Those tracks exist somewhere. Not sure where, though.
I did participate (and thankfully didn't get cut) on Bugs and Friends Sing Elvis. Porky was fat Elvis. It came in a blue suede CD box.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Welcome back to another installment of the Misce-Looney-ous Bookshelf. Today we take a look at a charming and timeless storybook with some wonderful illustrations. Just kidding... we are actually taking a look at Bugs Bunny Calling! a hilariously outdated Little Golden Book from 1988.
The following page speaks for itself:
Yes, Bugs is thrilled that he got his new cordless phone. "Now I can call my friends and go skateboarding at the same time!"
Bugs skateboards around town calling his friends Porky, Elmer and Petunia and find out they are planning to go to a party.
You can tell cordless phones were just coming into style here. The characters are all baffled and confused at the thought of Bugs skateboarding past their houses when they just talked with him on the phone. Anyway, it turns out they are heading to Daffy's house for a pool party.
Everyone realizes Bugs was really talking to them on a newfangled tele-o-phone, Bugs hops in the pool and gets the food soaked. Bugs then calls out for pizza for the gang ("And please don't forget the grated carrots!") The End.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Welcome to what I hope will be a recurring feature here on the blog - The Misce-Looney-ous Bookshelf. Without really trying very hard, I have somehow managed to amass a fairly large library of children's books featuring the Looney Tunes characters. The earliest book I own dates back to 1948 while others are as recent as a few years ago. I plan on showcasing examples of these here. I won't be scanning entire books. Mostly because I am lazy, but also most of the books I will be showcasing can be tracked down with very little effort and little money (you can find most of these storybooks fairly easy for some pocket change at the local thift shop or for cheap on eBay). I hope you enjoy these trips down memory lane.
First up is a fairly recent book - Alert All Martians. I don't know much about these books, but a company called "DS-MAX" put out a series of small, thick boardback books in 2000. Each book contained a comic book-style story, some of which appeared to be reprints from the Bugs Bunny daily comic strip from the late 1990s while others seemed to be stories reprinted from DC's modern LT comic book. This book appears to be a series of gags from the daily strip. Obviously inspired by the cartoon "Jumpin' Jupiter", Porky and scaredy-cat Sylvester have watched a sci-fi movie on TV called The Attack of the 60-Foot Slime Monster From the Planet Sludge... and, well, you can see what happens next...
NOTE - the layout of these books were a little awkward. The panels weren't set up the way you'd expect (I know I was a bit confused when I first read one of these DS-MAX books). On the first scan below I added numbers for the panels that should give you an idea how to read the remaining pages.
Friday, December 7, 2007
The bullseye/tunnel titles are from "Confederate Honey", made the same year, 1940. The title card is my own creation, using an animation drawing of Sniffles.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Images from - http://www.geocities.com/televisioncity/set/8681/grossman.html
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
This month has just flown by. I was originally planning to devote separate posts to all of the following, but instead I will be presenting them as one giant Thanksgiving-themed post.
First, here's a fairly recent Thanksgiving card from Hallmark with some nice original artwork.
back of card -
Coming up next...
There aren't that many animated Thanksgiving TV specials. However, the Looney Tunes gang can boast that they appeared in TWO different specials themed to the holiday. The first of the two was 1979's Bugs Bunny's Thanksgiving Diet. It's nothing really remarkable and at least it's not unwatchable like Bugs Bunny's Howl-o-Ween was. In new wraparound footage, Bugs is a diet doctor who gives advice to various patients (including June Foray's "Millicent" character from "Rabbit Romeo").
Next up, we have Chuck Jones' "Daffy Duck's Thanks-for-Giving Special" from 1981. This special seems to have been done mostly to showcase Jones' "Duck Dodgers" sequel. The second Dodgers cartoon was originally made at the request of George Lucas to be shown in front of The Empire Strikes Back. However, those plans fell through and the short didn't surface until this primetime special (Production problems? Rejected by Lucas? Anyone know the story?). The version of "Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24 1/2 Century" here actually includes some more footage that wasn't included in the stand-alone version of this short (most notably Marvin advising us Earthlings we have three days to prepare for Earth's destruction).
(On a sidenote, rewatching this special reminded me how funny "His Bitter Half" is. That shooting gallery gag makes me laugh every single time. Hopefully it'll be on a Golden Collection soon!)
I have always wondered if the final bit in this special ("Why don't we remake it before we shelve it") was Jones' commentary on the actual production of the second "Dodgers" cartoon?
And now for a TRUE Thanksgiving classic. Here's Art Davis' "Holiday For Drumsticks" from 1949:
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
-- Bugs Bunny dressed as Santa
-- Tweety w/ a candy cane
-- Marvin the Martian coming out of a stocking
-- Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote coming out of a wreath
I was pleasantly surprised to see that RR and Coyote were among this year's collection (believe it or not, there wasn't a Taz this year). Keep an eye open for them.
UPDATE --- Well, after mentioning this to Matthew (the PVC collector extraordinaire)... it turns out these figures (with the exception of maybe Tweety) are repeats of figures released a few years back. I had never seen them before, so I must've missed these guys the first time around. Anyway, they are out there again for this holiday season!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
It's October 30! The fifth volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection is available right NOW at your favorite retail establishment. Go out today and buy a copy (or two or four) and support quality classic cartoon DVD releases like these.
All the details (list of cartoons & extras) can be found here.
You can order a copy from Amazon.com via this link here.
Between cartoon viewings, be sure to join the party over on the Golden Age Cartoons Forums and discuss the release in the annual Golden Collection Talkback Thread.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
A few years ago, something as minor as the Looney Tunes characters appearing on a bag of cheap Halloween candy wouldn't have been anything noteworthy. However, these days any Looney Tunes merchandise of any variety seems to grab my attention... and new LT merchandise that doesn't rely on stock decade old clip-art poses is even more rare. So, here is a bag of "Costume Party Fun Pops" made by Adams and Brooks, Inc. from this year. That's the same company that made the Pepe Le Pew "Luv Pops" Matthew wrote about back in February. I am assuming that's original artwork of Bugs, Daffy, Taz and Tweety dressed for Halloween. I should note that even though Bugs and Daffy are on the outside of the bag, only Taz and Tweety were worthy enough to get their own "Fun Pops" inside.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Coming a little later than the previous collections, the 4th LT Golden Collection was released on November 14, 2006. While the set kicked off with the annual disc of Bugs Bunny cartoons many were surprised by the discs devoted to director Frank Tashlin and another featuring nothing but Speedy Gonzales cartoons. Even without a single Pepe Le Pew short in sight on this set, WB put together the following "romance" themed trailer...
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
"It's an Ill Wind"
"The Great Piggy Bank Robbery"
"Hyde and Go Tweet"
"Water, Water, Every Hare"
"Broom Stick Bunny"
"A Haunting We Will Go"
"Night of the Living Duck"
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Here is a video of the opening to The Bugs 'n Daffy Show (not to be confused with Cartoon Network's Bugs and Daffy Show). Featuring a rather catchy original theme song sung by Billy West (Bugs) and Joe Alaskey (Daffy).
Here are a couple random promos featuring the Looney Tunes characters (among others, seen via recycled and redubbed animation)...
Monday, October 22, 2007
Rapper Soulja Boy's "Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)" is so ubiquitous that the Youtubers have created so many parodies it's unbelievable. There seems to be a "Crank Dat (Everything)" now. There's crank dat Spiderman, crank dat Batman, crank dat SpongeBob, crank dat Bill Clinton, Crank dat Super Mario, Crank dat Chipmunks...you get the idea.
But one clever group of hip-hoppers has redone the song with new lyrics, and its actually kind of catchy. Here's a video someone did for "Crank Dat (Roadrunner)" by "Concrete Boyz".
Don't say I didn't warn you.
First, I can't be the only one who immediately thought of this clip as soon as they saw the trailer for Vol. 3...
Second, it's amusing to note that the clips of "Porky Pig's Feat" used in the Volume 3 trailer were from the redrawn version.
Third, I still don't get this cover art featuring a toothless Bugs holding onto some unknown girl??
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Anyway, the house my folks rented had a fun addition to the room I stayed in. It was clearly designed as a kids' room by the owners, and had a bedspread featuring a certain gang of cartoon characters...
The bedspread was, apparently, from 1996, and used old drawings and model sheets rather than the standard publicity poses of the era...one of the only Looney Tunes items I've ever seen that did that.
To see more of the bedspread, check this out:
More bedspread picts
Another interesting LT-related fact...Avalon, NJ is home to a wonderful fish market called "Sylvester's", (the founders' last name was "Sylvester") which, sadly, was not open at this time of year. But there's an infamous story about a Warner Bros. executive who vacationed there in the late 1980s, who threatened to sue if they didn't remove their wonderful sign featuring the iconic Looney Tunes "puddy tat". the Sylvester family obliged, and by the early 90's, the sign (and great drawings on the take-out menu I remember coloring as a kid) were gone. I last visited Sylvester's about 3 years ago, and they still had a stuffed Sylvester doll perched on the rafter inside...in "quiet defiance", as an employee pointed out.
Here's a photo, from the Sylvester's website, of the old sign, circa 1986:
Thursday, October 18, 2007
That is probably the only time in history you'll ever hear the phrases "masterful documentary" and "Bugs Bunny's All-Star 50th Anniversary produced by Lorne Michaels" in the same sentence...
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The first Golden Collection was released way back on October 28, 2003. For awhile it seemed like Warner Home Video had no idea how to handle releasing the Looney Tunes onto DVD. There were doubts that a 4-disc set aimed at collectors would even sell at all. Luckily, folks like George Feltenstein and Jerry Beck were put in charge and made the first Golden Collection a huge success.
Let's take a look at the original trailer WB Home Video put together to promote this first release. You do get the impression that they still didn't know who they were marketing this set for (note the mention of "Games and Much More!" among the extras on the DVD... seriously.)
If you were ever curious about the history of the "It's Cartoon Gold" theme song used for just one season on CBS' Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show from 1984-5, my friend Kevin McCorry has been in contact with the song's creator John Klawitter and has posted some interesting history about the revised theme song on his Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show website (scroll down to the 1984-5 section for the new information). Also posted is an excellent audio MP3 of the theme, courtesy of Klawitter, from the original recording session (it is minus the LT character voices that were mixed in later).
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Bruce thinks radio is lonely these days? Try being a classic cartoon fan watching TV!
And just for kicks, here's a wonderful video someone else made featuring Springsteen and Looney Tunes: using "Dancin' In the Dark."
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Let's mark the anniversary with the opening to what turned out to be the Looney Tunes' last hurrah on television, Cartoon Network's Looney Tunes Show:
'Tis the season to be thinking about your Halloween costumes. As a public service, here some costume suggestions for Looney Tunes fans. Enjoy!
Stay tuned for more costume ideas throughout the month. If you have any costume images feel free to e-mail us.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Here is one of its earliest openings, from the late 80's, with the classic "This is It" title sequence from "The Bugs Bunny Show" reworked to add lights in the background and a top-hat and tuxedo look to the characters. It is included as an extra on one of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVDs...Volume 1 I believe.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Bugs Bunny (1997)
Daffy Duck (1999)
Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote (2000):
Porky Pig (That's all, Folks!) (2001):
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
This promo for Cartoon Network's Acme Hour reminded me that even though I have a whole bunch of great classic shorts on DVD, I still miss seeing them on TV. I miss being able to turn on the TV and just watching an hour or so of random classic shorts without knowing what would show up. You just can't do that with DVD... well, not without a lot of hassle. I kind of wish somebody could invent a randomizer of some sort to shuffle cartoon shorts on DVD. Wouldn't it be neat to pop in a bunch of discs, press "play" and just let them go not knowing if you'd get a Bugs or a Road Runner or a Droopy or a Popeye coming up next?
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
Robert McKimson directed several bumpers (I have no clue how many) with short gags like the Coyote playing tennis with a grenade and disguising himself as a Road Runner. These are largely lost, but somebody posted some to Youtube a while back. Enjoy.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
First, a 1979 public service announcement about obeying the rules and posted notices while operating motor vehicles in off-road or wilderness areas.
Also from 1979, the original theatrical trailer to Chuck Jones' Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie.
I saw this one posted over on J.E. Daniels' blog. A foreign car advertisement featuring the desert duo.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Anyone know more about it (or possibly who did the artwork)?