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Looney Tunes is one of the greatest animated series of all time, impacting generation after generation with its humor and music. Let's look at the history behind the series.

The Early Years: The 1930s

In 1929, animators Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising created an animated short called "Bosko, the Tall-Ink Kid." They showed it to Leon Schlesinger, which began the Looney Tunes series.

Looney Tunes - Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid (1929).flv

In 1930, the first Looney Tunes was shown, known as "Sinkin' in the Bathtub."

LT001 Sinkin' In The Bathtub (May, 1930)

The short starred Bosko, who would be the main face of the series until 1933, when Harman and Ising packed their bags to MGM.

In 1931, the first Merrie Melodies short was released called "Lady, Play Your Mandolin!." This series was created as an answer to Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies series.

Lady, Play Your Mandolin!

In 1933, Schlesinger started to fully produce the series and restructured the studio. Several animators such as Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, and later Robert McKimson were in the director position. But first, they needed a star since Bosko left, so they created Buddy.

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Buddy's cartoons were somewhat bland and he didn't leave much of an impact, so in 1935, Friz Freleng directed "I've Haven't Got a Hat," the first appearance of Porky Pig, who stole the show. Daffy Duck later made his scene in 1937's "Porky's Duck Hunt."

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"I Haven't Got a Hat" (1935)

In the mid-30s, the Merrie Melodies transitioned into full color (Looney Tunes wouldn't receive color shorts until 1943) and directors such as Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Frank Tashlin and Tex Avery made their way on the screen, creating some of the best cartoons ever made. Mel Blanc was also hired as a voice actor in 1936, voicing hundreds of characters. Also in the late-30s, prototypes for Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny were used, called Egghead and Happy Rabbit.

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"Porky in Wackyland" (1938)

The Fear of War: The 1940s

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In 1940, two of the studio's most popular characters were created: Elmer Fudd in "Elmer's Candid Camera" and Bugs Bunny in "A Wild Hare," which would later be nominated for an Oscar.

Bugs Bunny Episode 5- A Wild hare

When the U.S. entered World War II in 1941, Warner Bros. and other studios (notably Disney and MGM) created propaganda shorts for the public. Many LT and MM shorts dealt with subjects from promoting War Bonds to beat the Axis Powers.

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Daffy - The Commando (Restored)

In addition, WB also created the Private Snafu shorts, which were used exclusively for military training. In fact, several shorts were written Ted Giesel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

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Private Snafu title card

WB also introduced many major characters in the series during WWII, including Tweety ("A Tale of Two Kitties), Sylvester ("Life With Feathers"), Yosemite Sam ("Hare Trigger") and Pepé Le Pew ("Odor-able Kitty"). The Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were also nominated for numerous Academy Awards for Best Animated Short.

In 1944, Schlesinger sold the animation studio to WB and stepped down from it. Eddie Selzer was now producer, who didn't appreciate cartoons, but would gradually grow to respect the crew. Several more characters created after the war were Foghorn Leghorn ("Walky Talky Hawky"), Marvin the Martian ("Haredevil Hare") and Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner ("Fast and Furry-Ous").

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"Fast and Furry-Ous" (1949)

Keep Chugging On: The 1950s

The Looney Tunes series was immensely popular in the 50s and practically elevated to cultural status. The last primary characters were created during the decade: Speedy Gonzales ("Cat-Tails for Two") and Taz ("Devil May Hare"). Some of the best cartoons every made were created during the time including "Duck Amuck" and "What's Opera, Doc?."

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"What's Opera, Doc?" (1957)

In 1958, Carl Stalling retired as musical director and succeeded by Milt Franklyn.

Also that same year, Selzer retired and was replaced by John W. Burton and David DePatie.

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The End of an Era: The 1960s

In 1960, the Looney Tunes cast debuted on TV with The Bugs Bunny Show.

Bugs Bunny Show Intro

It showed classic cartoons while having completely new animation around them. The show went through many names throughout the decades before being cancelled in 2000.

Meanwhile, the Warner Bros. Cartoon Studio was in a bit of a identity crisis, kind of like how WB was at the time. The studio continued producing cartoons until 1964, when its doors were closed. The series was contracted to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and had a completely different intro.

Looney Tunes WB logo (1960s)

The music was courtesy of Bill Lava, who took over as composer when Milt Franklyn died in 1962.

The most notable of the shorts from this period is "Now Hear This," directed by Chuck Jones.

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"Now Hear This" (1962)

Jones was soon let go because he was making the movie "Gay Purr-ee" with UPA, which broke his contract with Warner Bros.. As a result, several shorts directed by him were left uncredited.

Speedy Gonzales cartoons from the time has an unusual paring; instead of Speedy and Sylvester, it was Speedy and Daffy Duck. These cartoons took a 180 on Daffy, making him more of an antagonist. In fact, 1968's "See Ya Later Gladiator" is considered to be the worst Looney Tunes short of all time.

Daffy Duck in Quacker Tracker

In 1967, the old WB Cartoons studio opened under Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. In this era, two stars were created: Cool Cat and Merlin the Magic Mouse.

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"Cool Cat" (1967)

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"Merlin the Magic Mouse" (1967)

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"Bunny and Claude: We Rob Carrot Patches" (1968)

These shorts are known to much very cheap with its limited animation. The last Looney Tunes short produced was 1969's "Injun Trouble."

Onwards: The 1970s and 1980s

After the theatrical cartoons were completed, Warner Bros. created Looney Tunes TV specials, bringing back many staff members and voice actors such as Mel Blanc, June Foray and Stan Freberg.

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In 1979, Chuck Jones directed "The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie," a compilation of various cartoons directed by Jones. 4 more compilation movies soon followed: "The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie," "Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales," "Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island," and "Daffy Duck's Quackbusters."

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In 1988, several Looney Tunes characters appeared in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." This was one of the last projects for Mel Blanc, who'd later die in 1989, leaving behind a wonderful legacy.

Resurgance: The 1990s to Present

In 1990, in conjunction with Amblin Entertainment and director Steven Speilberg, WB created a Looney Tunes spin-off show, "Tiny Toon Adventures."

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It focused on cartoon students who go to Acme Looniversity and the mentors and staff are Looney Tunes characters. The success of the show led other shows such as "Animaniacs" and "Pinky and The Brain."

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In 1996, "Space Jam" was released which featured the Looney Tunes and--- Michael Jordan?

Space Jam - Lola Bunny's 1st Appearance

The movie got mixed reception and was really successful at the box office.

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"Chariots of Fur" (1994)

Chuck Jones directed several new Looney Tunes shorts such as "Another Froggy Evening," "Chariots of Fur," and "From Hare to Eternity," which was dedicated to Friz Freleng.

Jones passed away in 2001 and several ideas he had for shorts were made, including "Daffy Duck for President."

In the 2000s, WB created several LT shows: "Duck Dodgers" (starring Joe Alaskey), "Loonatics Unleashed" and "Baby Looney Tunes." A live action-animated movie was made, "Looney Tunes: Back In Action," but it sadly flopped.

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2003; I really like this movie a lot.

In the 2010s, several CGI Looney Tunes were created, capturing the spirit of the original shorts.

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"Daffy's Rhapsody" (2012)

The series has also enjoyed success on Cartoon Network with "The Looney Tunes Show" and "Wabbit."

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To conclude, Looney Tunes is definitely one of those timeless cartoons that anyone can love and appreciate for what it is.

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