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Cinema & The Arts as Sermons: The Merrie History of Looney Tunes

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Think there is no spiritual aspect to cartoons? Then think again!

In life every moment is Holy, even in the most dire and tragic circumstances. Ask our Lord for He knows of this.

Art is a gift from God and as we know God has a sense of humor ( he must laugh at us even though he weeps!) then the Looney Tunes no doubt are among God's favorites.

God gave us our creativity to honor him and to understand ourselves. Through the gifts of the many people who developed Looney Tunes we see ourselves.

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The Merrie History of Looney Tunes

"Why It's Called Looney Tunes, Not Toons (Because Of Disney)

The Looney Tunes are some of the most popular cartoon characters in history, but why are they called "tunes" instead of "toons"?

The Looney Tunes are some of the most famous and beloved cartoon characters in history, and even though they have been around for decades, there’s one big question fans still have about them: why are they called “Tunes” and not “Toons”? The entertainment industry is a very competitive world, and there are certain areas where the competition heats up quite easily and often, among those the realm of cartoons. The name that usually comes up when talking about cartoons is Disney, but Warner Bros. also has a long list of popular cartoon shows and characters, and among those are the Looney Tunes.

Looney Tunes is an animated comedy short film series that accompanied Merrie Melodies (also a series of comedy short films) from 1930 to 1969. Both shows introduced the audience to a variety of characters that would go on to become part of pop culture and favorites of generations of viewers, and who would eventually branch out to other media. These characters are Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety, Sylvester, and many more, but Bugs Bunny became the breakout star of the show. The success of Looney Tunes was such that it became a franchise, with several TV shows, movies, comic books, video games, and more, and they continue to be quite popular with the audience after all these years..." from the article: Why It's Called Looney Tunes, Not Toons

"Cartoons are quite popular with kids all around the world. While growing up, many people enjoyed watching the make-belief characters. Some impacted the generations by shaping their perceptions of reality and fantasy. In effect, they helped in fostering creativity. Modern TV has also seen the emergence of cartoons that carry an adult theme, like the controversial Boondocks that was consequently banned in the US. The popularity of others has diminished as viewers grew older but few have still remained relevant. These timeless cartoons evolve around characters that are reflective of humans despite the fact that most are played by animals. Here is the list of the 10 most popular cartoons of all time: from the article: 10 Most Popular Cartoons of All Time

The Story Behind The Iconic Cartoon Character Bugs Bunny!

"The Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes cartoon character is one of the most widely recognizable throughout popular culture and around the globe. Bugs Bunny has been in more films than any other cartoon character and has also earned the rank of being the ninth most portrayed film character in history.

Bugs Bunny has appeared in numerous television shows, as well, and even managed to nab his very own star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame. Not too shabby, eh, Doc?

Bugs Bunny appeared in public for the first time on July 27, 1940 in a Tex Avery directed cartoon called “A Wild Hare”. Bugs was an animated character created by Leon Schlesinger Productions with a voice-over by Mel Blanc who was known as the man of a thousand voices. The production was a great success, and created an immediate demand for further Bugs Bunny appearances...from the article: The Story Behind The Iconic Cartoon Character Bugs Bunny!

Looney Tunes Cast of Characters
Looney Tunes Cast of Characters

The History of Looney Tunes - Animation Lookback

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"The story of how a bunch of animators got looney and made some of the greatest cartoons ever made." from video introduction.

10 Essential Lessons Chuck Jones Has for Animators and Filmmakers

Chuck Jones
Chuck Jones

"If you don’t know the name Chuck Jones, you almost certainly know his work. Chuck Jones has become the most famous of the directors who worked on the classic Looney Tunes shorts. The hands-off approach taken by Warner Bros. toward their cartoons let all of their directors retain a greater degree of creative control and individualism than at rival studios, and Jones was arguably the most distinctive of his group. If you know what to look for, his visual fingerprints are the most easily identified, and underwent the most apparent evolution over the course of his career. That career covered more than his long service as a director for Warners. Beginning as an animator, working his way up to director, storyman, and head of his own production company, Jones worked for Disney, Ub Iwerks, MGM, TV networks, and himself before his death in 2002.." from the article: 10 Essential Lessons Chuck Jones Has for Animators and Filmmakers

How Tex Avery Made 'Looney Tunes' Funny

Tex Avery
Tex Avery

Cartoon Network developed a number of programming blocks for the Looney Tunes and other classic animated shorts in the '90s and '00s. There was the long-running and reliable Acme Hour and the trivia-loaded ToonHeads. But several blocks were themed after the directors of the shorts, a concept that went over my head as a young kid. It was easy enough to connect The Chuck Jones Show to a real person; the caricature on the title card was a close likeness of the real Chuck Jones whenever he popped up on commercials and interviews. The Bob Clampett Show’s introductory puppet at least resembled an actual human being. The figure on the titles of The Tex Avery Show, however, didn’t look like anyone, and it accompanied rather boastful lyrics: “Who’s that crazy cartoon king? The one who taught ‘em all to swing? Say his name now, let it ring: Tex Avery!” from the article: How Tex Avery Made 'Looney Tunes' Funny

Mel Blanc - "Man of a Thousand Voices"

"Mel Blanc, known as "The Man of Thousand Voices" is regarded as the most prolific actor to ever work in Hollywood with over a thousand screen credits. He developed and performed nearly 400 distinct character voices with precision and a uniquely expressive vocal range. The legendary specialist from radio programs, television series, cartoon shorts and movie was rarely seen by his audience but his voice characterizations were famous around the world.

Blanc under exclusive contract until 1960 to Warner Brothers voiced virtually every major character in the Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoon pantheon. Characters including Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Wile E. Coyote,The Roadrunner, Yosemite Sam, Sam the Sheepdog, Taz the Tazmanian Devil, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé la Pew, Charlie the Dog, Blacque Jacque Shellacque, Pussyfoot, Private Snafu among others were voiced by Blanc..." from the article: Mel Blanc Biography

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Mel Blanc on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1974

"Mel Blanc made many guests appearances on Talk Shows, Radio Shows, TV Specials, commercials, and more. Oh, and he also voiced many of the most well-known cartoon characters of all time! Known as "The Man of 1000 Voices", Mel Blanc was the voice behind characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Speedy, Pepe Le Pew, Barney Ruble, Woody the Woodpecker, and many many more. This interview from "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" aired on January 23rd, 1974. Thanks for the inspiration Mel!" from the video introduction.

Blanc died on July 10, 1989, from cardiovascular disease, in Los Angeles, California. His gravestone is inscribed, “THAT’S ALL FOLKS.”

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