Looney Tunes / Merrie Melodies

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The Looney Tunes[1] is an American animated series of comedy short films created during the 1930's and produced by Warner Bros. Since its success in the Golden age of american animation, it became a worldwide media franchise and spawned various medias based of it.


Created first to compete against Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse shorts and to showcase their music library, the first known Looney Tunes short was Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid[2], a pilot cartoon originally made in 1929 but released in 2000 on Cartoon Network's television special Toonheads: The Lost Cartoons, produced and directed by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising and featuring the eponymous character who will become the first mascot of the franchise.

Bugs Bunny, the main mascot of the franchise, was first seen in the short Porky's Hare Hunt[3], out in 1938 and voiced by Mel Blanc, as an unnamed rabbit Porky Pig[4] chased during the short. Because of the rabbit's reactivity, with the voice performance of Blanc during the short, he was remade and officially introduced in the short A Wild Hare[5], out in 1940, during which he's chased by Elmer Fudd[6] and says his famous line "What's up, doc ?".








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[1] Wikipedia – Looney Tunes

[2] Wikipedia – Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid

[3] Wikipedia – Porky's Hare Hunt

[4] Wikipedia – Porky Pig

[5] Wikipedia – A Wild Hare

[6] Wikipedia – Elmer Fudd


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