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Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies

Updated on September 21, 2011

Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies

Bringing us hours of animated fun, looney tunes and merrie melodies have introduced us to some life long famous characters such as bugs bunny, daffy duck, elmer fudd, pepe le pew, porky pig, speedy gonzales, taz, wile-e-coyote, and road runner along with numerous others.

Here we take a look at the history behind both Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies and some of the amusement they brought us and introduce some of the cast from these great cartoons.....

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Looney Tunes began as a series of musical cartoon shorts that were produced by the formidable Warner Brothers industry between the years of 1930 to 1969. The hope of the original carton creators was to present serious competition for the immensely popular Silly Symphonies cartoons that were owned and distributed by Walt Disney. Looney Tunes became the most popular series of short cartoons being presented in theatres from 1942 on into the 1960's. Many of the animated characters have remained audience favourites and have become known to the modern world as the Looney Tunes or Toons.

There are many early cartoon characters that were introduced one time and then quickly replaced, in fact the modus operandi employed for the first few years was just to create one shot animated characters that would be discarded by the artists and forgotten by the public, 1935 was the year that this began to change and Porky Pig became the very first of these cartoon personalities to be brought back for additional performances.

Then in 1937 Daffy Duck proved to be an audience favourite and he joined Porky Pig on the short list of repeat characters. A few years later Bugs Bunny became the number one cartoon character thanks to his antics in the Merry Melodies presentations, and he soon joined the line-up of standard cartoon personalities. The Merry Melodies characters and Loony Tunes favourites were beginning to blend together and it was difficult to remember which character was created for what cartoon series. Some others would quickly follow including Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian and Sylvester and Tweety Bird.

Looney Tunes Golden Collection

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Although distributed by Warner Brothers from 1931 the Merrie Melodies cartoons were initially produced by Harman-Ising Pictures, then Leon Schlesinger Productions before being sold to Warner Brothers in 1944. Originally, again these lovable Merrie Melodies cartoons were only intended to be shown in theatres to amuse audiences as they waited for the main film to begin. The idea was to have the animated cartoons set to the music contained in the soundtracks of popular Warner Brother movies that were available at this time.

The very first of the Merry Melodies cartoons was entitled Lady Play Your Mandolin and it was filmed in black and white. Needless to say the depression era public found the humor and content of the cartoon enchanting and appealing. It was quickly obvious that animation had found an audience eager to embrace the fantasy being shown onscreen.

The first two colorized cartoons were debuted in 1934 and their titles were Honeymoon Hotel and Beauty and the Beast. After these releases hit the big screen all of the Merry Melodies episodes were filmed in Cinecolor. Walt Disney held the exclusive rights to the Technicolor process at this time and Warner Brothers were anxious to distinguish their own cartoon efforts from that of others.

Originally, all of the cartoons made for Merry Melodies ended with a signature written message, So Long Folks. These words were seen scrawled across the screen at the conclusion of each of the short episodes. Starting in the year 1936, this ending was changed so that it would read, That's All Folks. This was done so that it would match the signature message that ended each of the Looney Tunes cartoon episodes that were now another Warner Brothers production.

Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection

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Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies

Initially the characters were swapped from one cartoon to the next and few of them were being repeated. In 1940 the character of Bugs Bunny was introduced and it heralded the beginning of repeat performances for many of the audience’s favourite cartoon characters. In 1942, characters from Looney Tunes began to appear in Merry Melodies cartoons and vice versa. By 1946, these two series were virtually indistinguishable from one another, at least on the surface.

It was during the 1950’s that Warner Brothers decided to try to re-release some of the most popular of their cartoons from both series. The name Blue Ribbon Merry Melodies was used for these repeat performance cartoons. All of these animated classics had already been released as either a Merry Melodies or Looney Tunes creation and it was easy to change the beginning and ending credits so that the Blue Ribbon Logo was displayed.

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      SellClean 5 years ago

      Thanks for this awesome lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for the memories. 5*

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      Themiscorkscrew 7 years ago

      I love looney tunes!

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      Nathalie Roy 8 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I am a big fan of Wile E coyote. Now I can enjoy him again with my son.

      He is just hilarious

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I like the Looney Tunes!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Loved Loone Tunes cartoons, nice lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Must admit that I am not much of a Loony Tunes person but I do like Tweety Pie!

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      sukkran trichy 8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      great idea to display collection of lenses in one page. i admire you steve. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Pepe has to be my favorite! Great lens! :)

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      nightbear lm 8 years ago

      What a great looking lens, about a grat subject. Really great job.

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      It is so hard to choose just one favorite character. I can remember loving Taz as a child and later Sylvester and Tweetie, but Bugs, Porky, and Daffy are unforgettable and legendary in my world. I didn't know most of this information. Very, very interesting lens! Excellent information! I loved it!

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      kimmanleyort 8 years ago

      Yes, you really needed to start your lensography. You have quite a collection. Nice job!

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Good idea to gather these lenses together on one page - it makes it easier not to miss any.

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      Kathy McGraw 8 years ago from California

      It will be fun to see all these lenses in one spot. This is almost like a History lesson for Warner Brothers cartoons....I didn't know they changed the words to That's all Folks, although I watched these every week growing up :)