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Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vols. 1-6 [24 Discs] [DVD]
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Synopsis

Homeless Hare
You Don't Know What You're Doin'!
This cartoon marks the debut of Piggy and Fluffy, Warner Bros.' newest Mickey-and-Minnie derivations. Our hero and heroine head to a vaudeville show, where Piggy gets into an argument with the "all funny animal" orchestra. Somehow or other, Piggy himself ends up on stage, where he is heckled by a trio of drunks singing the title song. This in turn leads to a chaotic drunken joyride through the streets of Merrie Melodie-land, complete with a talking car (voice provided by then-famous musician Orlando Slim Martin). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rabbit Transit
Pigs in a Polka
So Much for So Little
The Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary, Short Subject in 1950, this animated Public Service Announcement was produced to draw attention to the topic of immunization while highlighting how low-cost public health services can save countless lives. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Seal Skinners
Hollywood Steps Out
A Merrie Melodies short featuring caricatures of Hollywood celebrites. ~ Sarah Block, Rovi

Booby Hatched
Show Biz Bugs
The Great Piggy Bank Robbery
The great detective Duck Twacy must get to the bottom of a sudden rash of stolen piggy banks in the Looney Tunes animated short The Great Piggy Bank Robbery. Naturally, Duck Twacy is actually Daffy Duck, who, after being hit on the head while reading a Dick Tracy comic book, now imagines himself inside the story. Daffy's quest to find the missing piggy banks -- which, of course, doesn't really begin until after his own bank has disappeared -- leads him to the secret hideout of an evil gang, which he recognizes thanks to the neon sign flashing "Gangster Hideout." Director Robert Clampett and writer Warren Foster affectionately parody the famed Chester Gould comic strip, especially its collection of oddball villains, as Daffy goes up against such bad guys as: Snake Eyes, the man with dice for eyes; Bat Man, a giant baseball bat with arms and legs; Neon Noodle, who is made entirely of neon light; 88 Teeth, the man with piano keys for teeth; and Rubberhead, who stammers "I'm gonna rub you out" before nearly erasing Daffy out of the cartoon. Also notable is a cameo appearance by Porky Pig, who appears in disguise, wearing a false mustache. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Super-Rabbit
Instilled with incredible superpowers after consuming a fortified rabbit specially engineered by the brilliant Professor Canafrazz, Bugs Bunny dashes off to confront the notorious rabbit killer Cottontail Smith, soaring through the clouds with the greatest of ease, and making a complete mockery of the Texas gunslinger by surviving everything from a hail of bullets to a cannonball blast. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Mouse and Garden
Hare Remover
A Tale of Two Kitties
Comedians Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are reborn as a pair of hungry felines named Babbitt and Catsello in this cartoon, which marks the first appearance of that cagey canary Tweety Pie (unnamed here, but identified as "Orson" on the character model sheets). Spotting the baby-talking canary in a nest high atop a flagpole, the opportunistic Babbitt orders the tubby Catsello to climb upward and grab the bird. Alas, the feathered fiend has an endless arsenal of weapons at his disposal--and Catsello isn't much of a match for him anyway, not even with home-made wings. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Scarlet Pumpernickel
Baby Buggy Bunny
Putty Tat Trouble
Zoom and Bored
Dough for the Do-Do
Senorella and the Glass Huarache
In this Mexican version of "Cinderella", Leetle Senorella's "strapmother" won't let her go to Prince Don Jose Miguel's big fiesta, but her fairy godmother comes through with a gorgeous wardrobe and a beautiful "transporte" drawn by a team of mules (formerly cockroaches). The heroine and Prince Don Jose tango the night away, but at midnight Senorella vammooses, leaving her glass huarache (a Mexican sandal) behind. Ay, caramba! This was the last cartoon produced by the old Warner Bros. animation studio--and the first one with the "modernistic" Warner Bros.-Seven Arts opening titles and reorchestrated theme music. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Deduce, You Say
Punch Trunk
Sahara Hare
The Awful Orphan
Bad Ol' Putty Tat
Bosko's Picture Show
At Bosko's movie house, our hero leads the audience in a rousing rendition of "We're in the Money"--and who cares if they get the lyrics wrong? The show proper begins with a newsreel, featuring a rare joint appearance by Jimmy Durante and Adolf Hitler. Then it's time for a two-reel comedy starring "Haurel and Lardy", in which the bowler-hatted duo indulge in some pie-throwing. The main feature stars Bosko's girlfriend Honey in the thrilling melodrama "He Done Her Dirt (And How!)"--and as Bosko watches poor Honey being victimized by the villain, he gets so wrought up that he jumps into the movie to rescue the girl. The last Warner Bros.cartoon produced by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, Bosko's Picture Show has gained latter-day notoriety by virtue of an alleged profanity uttered by Bosko (Don't worry, folks: he actually says "That dirty fox!") ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

A Bear for Punishment
Porky's Pooch
This cartoon is the prototype for a handful of later Warner Bros. efforts featuring a dog named Charlie, who'd do anything--ANYTHING--to be adopted by a master. For the benefit of his homeless pal, the fast-talking Rover describes the methods by which he has wormed his way into the household of Porky Pig. When all else fails (and it does spectacularly), Rover threatens to commit suicide by jumping off an apartment ledge! The cartoon's innovative background art includes several genuine photographs of the Manhattan skyline. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rabbit Seasoning
Duck Amuck
Daffy Duck faces a rather bizarre adversary in the classic Merrie Melodies short Duck Amuck, which pits Daffy against a mischievous off-screen animator, who is constantly altering and even sabotaging the cartoon. The trouble begins when, during a Three Musketeers parody, Daffy suddenly notices the background has disappeared, leaving only empty space. He complains to the animator, who then puts him through an ever-changing series of locations, from a barnyard, to snow-covered fields to a tropical island. Daffy tries to adapt, apologizing to the audience for the trouble, but grows increasingly flustered as the changes continue. Soon he and the silent, faceless animator -- Daffy can only see a brush and a white glove -- are arguing over other aspects of the production, from the background colors to the definition of a close-up. Director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese have a great deal of fun with this reflexive premise, gleefully poking fun at the process of animation itself while building towards a superb final punchline. Highlights include the transformation of Daffy's voice into strange sound effects and an improperly adjusted frame line that allows Daffy to get into an argument with himself. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

The Weakly Reporter
Contemporary audiences may have a wee bit of trouble understanding the jokes in this animated "newsreel" spoof of WW2 shortages and rationing, though the gags about women at the workplace will probably strike a familiar chord. In the course of the action, we are informed that steaks and alarm clocks are regarded as rare and precious commodities, the Mt. Rushmore heads and the Statue of Liberty have become Air Raid Wardens, and a complex bit of mass-production machinery can be set in motion by something as humble as a girl's hairpin. The most memorable aspect of The Weakly Reporter is the stick-figure character design, anticipating the impressionistic UPA cartoons of the 1950s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Daffy the Commando
In this classic WW2 cartoon, a German foxhole commandeered by Nazi officer Von Vulture and his gormless aide Schultz is "invaded" by American commando Daffy Duck. Daffy and Von Vulture spend the rest of the cartoon trying to outsmart each other, with the Nazi getting the worst of it. After Daffy neutralizes a "mess of Messerschmidts", he has a climactic confrontation with none other than Adolf Hitler (courtesy of some rotoscoped newsreel footage). With all this going on, there's still time left over for "inside" references to the Ernst Lubitsch film To Be or Not to Be and the radio series Fibber McGee and Molly. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Hollywood Capers
Buckaroo Bugs
This wild and wacky western spoof pits that famous "cowboy hero from Brooklyn" Red Hot Ryder against the carrot-snatching Masked Marauder, who looks an awful lot like Bugs Bunny. Though Red Hot Ryder tries hard, he's no match for the rascally rabbit, who uses a powerful magnet to rob our hero of his guns, his bullets and the safety-pin holding up his underwear--and this happens twice in the same picture! Finally, Red Hot Ryder pursues the fleeing rabbit right into the Grand Canyon...all the way down. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Bear's Tale
Tex Avery cross-breeds the stories of Goldilocks and Little Red Riding Hood in his inimitable fashion. While the Three Bears take a bike ride in the woods until their porridge cools off, Goldilocks (appearing "courtesy of Mervyn LeBoy Pictures") shows up at Grandma's house by mistake--where the Wolf, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Red Riding Hood, tells her to beat it. Later, the Wolf gets tired of waiting for Red and heads to the Three Bears' place to gobble up Goldilocks. Inevitably, the Bears come home, little suspecting that there's an interloper from another fairy tale in their bedroom! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Orange Blossoms For Violet
Southern Fried Rabbit
Director Friz Freleng's Southern Fried Rabbit, a Looney Tunes animated cartoon from the Warner Brothers studios, finds Bugs Bunny "Alabamy bound" in search of a bumper crop of carrots. However, when Bugs finally reaches the Mason-Dixon line, he encounters resistance from Colonel Yosemite Sam, this time playing the role of a Confederate soldier still guarding the line under orders from General Lee, 90 years after the fact. Colonel Sam does his best to keep the "fur-bearing carpetbagger" from crossing the line, but is outwitted by Bugs. Bugs leads him onto a local plantation, where he soon has Sam exploding himself with his own bombs and looking down the wrong end of a series of cannons. Most of Bugs' elaborate schemes involve a series of disguises, with the rabbit assuming roles like General Brickwall Jackson (who leads Sam on maneuvers directly into a well) and the beautiful Southern belle Miss Scarlett. Television broadcasts of this cartoon are often presented in a partially edited form, which removes a sequence that involves Bugs posing as a plantation slave and, later, Abraham Lincoln. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Heaven Scent
Pursued by a gang of yapping dogs along the French Riviera, a female cat paints a white stripe on her back to scare her tormentors away. Unfortunately, she also attracts the attention of that aromatic would-be Romeo, Pepe le Pew the skunk. Now the long-suffering cat must somehow escape the relentless Pepe, who is determined to win her love by any means necessary. The chase takes Pepe and the cat up a flagpole, into a tunnel, through the mountains and over a cliff--but the amorous skunk refuses to take "Non!" for an answer. As usual, Pepe le Pew gets all of the cartoon's best dialogue, including the closing line, shamelessly swiped from the 1949 theatrical feature Adam's Rib. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Falling Hare
Go Fly a Kit
Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
The Up-Standing Sitter
Daffy Duck of the Acme Baby Sitting Service ("United We Sit") is hired to watch over an newly laid egg. When the egg hatches, the newborn chick takes one look at Daffy, panics, and runs off in the barnyard. Giving chase, poor Daffy has several painful encounters with Spike the Bulldog, to say nothing of the standard supply of dynamite. Never before has so much Duck endured so much abuse for so little gratitude. And by film's end, Daffy isn't sitting any more--mainly because he can't! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Porky's Poor Fish
The Hare-Brained Hypnotist
Rhapsody Rabbit
Bosko the Doughboy
In this grotesquely hilarious combination of typical Warner Bros. slapstick and grim wartime tragedy, Bosko is a doughboy in WW1, skipping around the battlefield with nary a worry in the world. Meanwhile, a variety of talking animals and even inaminate objects are being killed in droves--and when they fall down, they don't get back up again. Oblivious to the carnage, Bosko merrily munches a can of beans and uses discarded weapons and ammunition as musical instruments. But our hero is finally galvanized into action when the Enemy goes too far and blows up his precious photo of his girlfriend Honey. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Stupor Salesman
Representing the Excelsior Appliance Company, door-to-door salesman Daffy Duck is not about to leave a customer's house without making a sale--even that "customer" happens to be notorious bank robber Slug McSlug. No matter how hard Slug tries to rub Daffy out, the resilient Duck bounces back for more, ruining the crook's weapon with his "Sure-Shot Shootin' Iron Polish" and depleting his bullet supply with a "guaranteed-or-your-money-back" bullet-proof vest (double-breasted, of course). Finally, a defeated Slug agrees to try out Daffy's "Sure-Shot Cigarette Lighter"--with devastating results! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Daffy Duck Hunt
Herr Meets Hare
In this WW2-era cartoon, Nazi Field Marshal Hermann "Fatso" Goering takes a break from his wartime worries by going hunting in Germany's Black Forest. Imagine Goering's surprise when he comes face to face with Bugs Bunny, who has accidentally arrived in Germany after making the first of many wrong turns at Albuquerque. Striking a blow for democracy, Bugs gives Goering a really bad time--and even subjects Adolf Hitler to a bit a deviltry at fadeout time. The film's highlight, in which Bugs and Goering dress up as Brunhilde and Siegfried in order to cavort operatically through the forest, can be regarded as a dry run for the classic 1957 Warner Bros. cartoon What's Opera, Doc? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Coo-Coo Nut Grove
Walky Talky Hawky
Kit for Kat
Roman Legion Hare
The Stupid Cupid
I Love to Singa
The Super Snooper
One More Time
Warner Bros.' resident Mickey Mouse clone Foxy is now a helmeted, club-wielding policeman, prowling his beat to the rhythm of the cartoon's title song. Unfortunately, Foxy's neighborhood is Ground Zero for a violent crime wave perpetrated by a gang of birdlike gangsters. As the story rushes to its climax, the villains kidnap Foxy's girlfriend Roxy, forcing our hero to commandeer a mechanical horse and ride to the rescue. One of the cartoon's comic highlight is Foxy's encounter with a fat lady hippo, a carryover from his previous starring vehicle Smile, Darn Ya, Smile. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Page Miss Glory
Hardly a typical Tex Avery effort (indeed, Avery doesn't even receive a screen credit), Page Miss Glory is instead a fascinating exercise in 1930s Art Deco. It all begins as the town of Hicksville prepares for a visit by the celebrated Miss Glory, with no one more excited than Abner, the gangly bellhop at the local hotel. In a dream sequence designed by celebrated magazine illustrator Lenore Congdon, Abner imagines a musical reception for Miss Glory at the ultra-sophisticated "Cosmopolitan Hotel" in New York. What follows is an eye-popping melange of Astaire-like chorus boys dancing in forced-perspective unison, dazzling neon-light pyrotechnics, and surrealistic champagne bottles emptying into streamlined martini glasses--all in glorious Technicolor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

14 Carrot Rabbit
A majestic passage from Liszt's Les Preludes transports us to the Klondike during the Gold Rush. Claim jumper Chilico Sam hopes to exploit the special talents of Bugs Bunny, who gets a "funny feeling all over" whenever he's near gold. Unfortunately, Bugs finds the precious metal in only in places guaranteed to cause great injury to the greedy Sam. Finally, Sam gets so fed up that he chases the Bunny all the way to Kentucky--where, sure enough, that "funny feeling" comes over Bugs again (Need we add that Kentucky is the home of certain well-guarded government gold repository?) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Hare Ribbin'
Bugs Bunny is pursued by a redheaded hunting dog who acts like a cross between Danny Kaye and radio's "Mad Russian" Bert Gordon. After a few dry-land gags, the chase continues underwater, where Bugs, disguised as a mermaid and singing the theme music from Warner Bros.' Now Voyager, gulls the stupid dog into making a bigger fool of himself than he already is. Finally, the dog is so flustered that he decides to blow his brains out--a gag that exists in two different version depending on the theatrical print one watches, and not at all in the TV print! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Dover Boys at Pimento University or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall
The Wise Quacking Duck
Mr. Meek (who sounds like Bill Thompson's radio character "Wallace Wimple", courtesy of Mel Blanc) is ordered by his domineering wife Sweetie Puss to kill Daffy Duck for dinner. Not surprisingly, Daffy is not only able to elude the axe-wielding Mr. Meek, but even finds time to serve the man coffee--with a few "lumps" for good measure. Daffy also pauses long enough to impersonate Jerry Colonna and a coy stripteaser. But when all is said and done, the Duck winds up in the oven just before dinnertime--but not quite in the way Mr. Meek had planned. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Heckling Hare
Elmer's Candid Camera
Little Red Walking Hood
Here's a typically zany Tex Avery spin on a familiar fairy tale, highlighted by some eyecatching colored-pencil background art. The Wolf, a pool-hall bum, is cold-shouldered by Red, who acts like Bette Davis and sounds like Katharine Hepburn. Following directions provided by the goonish Egghead (the Joe Penner-like precursor to Elmer Fudd), the Wolf dogs Red's trail all over town in his snazzy roadster. Finally reaching Grandma's house, Wolfie is forestalled from gobbling her up while she phones in an order for groceries and liquor.. .and that's only the beginning, folks, only the beginning! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Big Snooze
The Big Snooze begins like many other Looney Tunes animated shorts featuring Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny, with the determined hunter being continually outsmarted by the wise-cracking rabbit. However, things take an unexpected turn when, after Bugs leads him over the edge of a cliff one time too many, Elmer up and quits the cartoon, since he's tired of always losing. He tears up his contract and, despite the pleas of Bugs Bunny, who can't believe Elmer's breaking up the act, heads off for a long vacation -- "nothing but fishing for me, and no more wabbits." But Bugs refuses to let him alone, secretly following him on his trip. When Elmer falls asleep at his fishing rod, Bugs strikes, not by attacking the sleeping fisherman, but by falling asleep himself in order to sneak into Elmer's dream. Once inside his head, Bugs splatters Elmer's peaceful dream with nightmare paint, leading to a surrealistic sequence where Elmer is attacked by "billions and twillions" of rabbits; later he is forcibly dressed in drag and chased by wolves. This was director Robert Clampett's final film for Warner Brothers, a fact which gives the jokes about Elmer's "contract with Mr. Warner" added zing. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Pilgrim Porky
Plymouth, England, 1620: Captain Porky Pig loads a bunch of weird-looking Pilgrims into the "Mayflower" and sets sail for the New World. Judging by the airplanes in the sky, the presence of the Statue of Liberty (still an infant!), the Native American reporters who snap pictures of Porky as he descends the gangplank, and the inevitable "Eat at Joe's" banner, this World may be a whole lot "Newer" than we think. A running gag involving the Mayflower's ever-grinning black cook has been excised from a number of contemporary prints. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Sittin' on a Backyard Fence
Little Red Riding Rabbit
In this loony tune, the big bad wolf lies in wait for grandma, but when he learns that his senior citizen supper has gone to work at the local factory, he willing accepts Bugs Bunny as a substitute. Unfortunately for his lupine counterpart, Bugs proves to be more than a match for the witless wolf. The video release also includes "Tortoise Beats Hare," "Old Grey Hare," "Jack Wabbit and the Beanstalk," and "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt." ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cannery Woe
The Turn-Tale Wolf
The priggish nephew of the Big Bad Wolf is appalled by his uncle's bad reputation. Pleading innocence, Big Bad recalls his own version of that fateful encounter with the Three Little Pigs. This time around, it's the innocent, baby-faced Wolf (dressed in a sissy sailor suit) who is the helpless victim of a trio of gross, mean-spirited porkers. "Oh, drat, you three little pigs", Wolf lisps. "Why must you always torment me?" Things get rougher and rougher, culminating with the nasty ol' pigs trying to collect the $50 bounty on the Wolf's tail! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Porky at the Crocadero
Correspondence-school musical prodigy Porky Pig applies for the job of orchestra leader at Hollywood's famed Crocadero nightclub. Instead, he winds up washing dishes, only to be summarily fired by his walrus boss. But when the regular musicians fail to show up in time, Porky is given the chance of a lifetime. In the course of a mere six minutes, the versatile Pig imitates such musical luminaries as Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Leopold Stokowski, Rudy Vallee, Guy Lombardo and Cab Calloway! Songs include "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree", "Summer Nights" and "Chinatown" ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Porky's Railroad
Golden Yeggs
I've Got to Sing a Torch Song
This little opus chronicles the importance of radio in the lives of everybody in the world. Chinese cops are alerted to a robbery via their rickshaw radio; a cannibal tunes into a cooking lesson; an Eskimo's radio is swallowed by a music-loving whale; and a sultan ignores a belly dancer to listen to "Amos 'N' Andy." The title song (from Gold Diggers of 1933) is performed on station "KFWB" by caricatures of Greta Garbo, ZaSu Pitts and Mae West. And there's more: Can YOU name another cartoon that boasts of cameo appearances by everyone from James Cagney to Benito Mussolini? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Little Red Rodent Hood
Granny Mouse tells little Timmy Mouse the story of Red Riding Hoods in terms that he will understand: for example, the "forest" is the carpetted living room, and the Wolf is Sylvester the Cat. Cast in the role of Red Riding Hood is Timmy himself, who isn't fooled for long by Sylvester's Granny disguise. Pulling another character from his repertoire, Sylvester impersonates Timmy's Fairy Godmother--taking time out to get even with the bulldog who has been pestering him throughout the picture. But Granny foils Sylvester with some creative (and explosive!) improvising of her own! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

A Gruesome Twosome
Wideo Wabbit
The Old Grey Hare
Despairing over his inability to catch Bugs Bunny in his own time, Elmer Fudd is suddenly thrust forward to the year 2000 AD, courtesy of God (making a rare movie appearance). After catching up with the latest news headlines ("Smellivision Replaces Television"), the ancient, wrinkled Elmer grabs his trusty Buck Rogers Lightning-Quick Rabbit Killer and finally manages to bag the equally elderly Bugs ("What's up, Pruneface?") As he lays dying, Bugs recalls the first time he and Elmer met as babies, then tearfully buries himself in his own grave...or does he? The closing gag is a blast! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Ali Baba Bunny
After taking that infamous "wrong toin" at Albuqerque, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck wind up in Bagdad instead of Pismo Beach. There they come upon a treasure cave guarded by a scimitar-wielding giant ("Hassan chop!"), but this doesn't stop Daffy from trying to plunder the cave's limitless supply of gold and jewels. Bugs is forced to save Daffy's life by posing as the Genie of the Lamp, but Daffy ("I'm rich! I'm wealthy! I'm comfortably well off!") ultimately allows his greed to become his undoing when the real Genie shows up. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

A Peck O' Trouble
You Ought to Be in Pictures
The Hypo-Chondri-Cat
Heir Conditioned
After inheriting $3,000,000 from his deceased owner, Sylvester the cat plans to whoop it up with his alley-cat buddies. Alas, Sylvester's spending spree is cut short by the arrival of his new financial advisor Elmer Fudd. Refusing to let Sylvester squander a penny of his inheritance, Elmer tries to convince the spendthrift cat that he should invest his "idle cash" in the American economy, literally putting his money to work for the benefit of everyone. Heir Conditioned is one of three Warner Bros. cartoons underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to educate the American public in matters of financial responsibility (the other two Sloan-funded entries are By Word of Mouse and Yankee Dood It; fortunately, this rather smug little economics lesson is redeemed by several hilarious sight gags. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rabbit Romeo
The Oily American
Having become an oil millionaire, diminutive Native American Moe Hican redecorates the interior of his huge mansion to resemble a forest, complete with rippling stream running under the grand piano. Every morning, Moe and his long-suffering butler set out with bow and arrow to hunt such wild game as the elusive midget moose (full-sized head, teeny-tiny body). Fed up with Moe's eccentricities--and tired of getting stray arrows in his backside--the butler finally quits, whereupon Moe goes hunting alone, with the usual slapstick consequences. Though hardly what one would call Politically Correct, The Oily American is undeniably funny. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Sniffles Takes a Trip
Scrap Happy Daffy
In this wartime morale-booster, an enraged Adolf Hitler literally chews up a rug when he hears about Daffy Duck's mountainous collection of scrap metal (vital to the American war effort, in case you need reminding). In an instant, Der Fuhrer unleashes his most powerful weapon--a hungry billy goat--to destroy the "Non-Aryan Duck"'s scrap-pile. On the verge of surrender, Daffy is emboldened by a visit from his patriotic ancestors--and transforming himself into "Super-American", he not only decimates the ravenous goat, but also an entire fleet of Nazi submarines! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Wise Quacks
Mrs. Duck has laid a whole batch of eggs--an event heralded on the front page of "The Barnyard Bulletin"--and new dad Daffy Duck celebrates by passing out politically-incorrect cigars and getting drunk on corn juice. Taking advantage of Daffy's inebriated state, a hungry buzzard swoops down and steals one of the eggs. With the help of his pal Porky Pig, Daffy rushes off to the rescue, engaging the buzzard in a spectacular aerial battle. This picture marks the first--and last--appearance by the precociously talented Daffy Duck Jr. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Swooner Crooner
Shuffle Off to Buffalo
Built around the jaunty title song, originally written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for the 1933 musical film 42nd Street, this cartoon takes place in Heaven, as an old man with a beard prepares a variety of babies for their arrival on Earth. Ethnic humor abounds, with twin Eskimo babies pulled from the refrigerator and shipped off to Mrs. Nanook of the North, and little Abie Ginsberg receiving a "Kosher for Passover" stamp on his backside. We're also treated to a mini-vaudeville show, featuring infantized versions of such 1930s celebrities as Eddie Cantor and Maurice Chevalier. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Stop! Look! and Hasten!
Porky's Party
Hillbilly Hare
The Ducktators
This deathless satire of Hitler's rise to power tells the story of three barnyard fowls who grow up to become fascist "ducktators." One of them, a duck, bursts out of his egg with a fully grown mustache, screaming "Sieg Heil!" The second fowl is satchel-mouthed goose who bears a frightening resemblance to Italian dictator Mussolini. And the third is a treacherous Japanese duck who rows in from the Far East (At this point, a title card appears apologizing to the "nice ducks and geese" in the audience). As the Axis trio and their "Gestinko" troops wreak havoc on the barnyard, the Dove of Peace begs them to cease and desist--and when they refuse, the Dove decides to switch strategies and kick a few feathery backsides. The cartoon's now-famous closing gag is missing from most Public Domain prints. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rabbit of Seville
Warner Brothers cartoon director Chuck Jones casts Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny in the roles of opera singers in the Looney Tunes short The Rabbit of Seville. Preceding Jones' famous Wagner parody What's Opera, Doc? by seven years, this short begins out in the wilds, with Elmer chasing the wascally wabbit through the woods. Bugs takes refuge in a local building, which turns out to be an opera house; naturally, the two manage to become stuck on stage when the show, a performance of Rossini's The Barber of Seville, begins. Bugs sings hilarious new lyrics to the opera's overture, penned by Jones and writer Michael Maltese, as he forces the confused hunter into a barber's chair and treats him to a full make-over, beginning with a rather violent shave. Other barbershop gags include Bugs snake-charming an electric razor, a race for the ceiling between escalating barber's chairs, and a pedicure involving a can opener. Perhaps the most memorable sequence, however, involves a bottle of "Figaro fertilizer" that makes Elmer's head grow hair -- and then sprout flowers. Unlike What's Opera, Doc?, this is a comic opera, so all ends relatively happily, with a nod to The Marriage of Figaro. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Robin Hood Daffy
Porky's Poultry Plant
The Windblown Hare
Pancho's Hideaway
Rabbit Rampage
Tweet, Tweet, Tweety
The Hole Idea
After years of futile experimentation, Professor Calvin Q. Calculus astonishes the world with his amazing invention, the "portable hole." Unfortunately, the Prof's invention is stolen by a shadowy criminal, who uses the mobile hole to rob a wide variety of banks and jewelry stores, ultimately "graduating" to Fort Knox. Meanwhile, Prof. Calculus comes up with a devilish method of escaping his eternally nagging wife. Watch for the "inside" references to Denver, Colorado, home town of director Robert McKimson, who always regarded The Hole Idea as one of his favorite cartoons. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Speedy Gonzales
Everyone's favorite fast-moving mouse takes the lead in this Academy Award-winning cartoon short directed by Friz Freleng. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Holiday for Shoestrings
After hanging out a "Help Wanted" sign, Jake the cobbler goes to bed--whereupon dozens of cute little elves (all closely resembling Elmer Fudd) magically appear in his shoe-repair shop. Deciding to lend Jack a helping hand, the Elves spend most of the night creating some of the strangest shoes ever seen, even working the old "Eat at Joe's" gag into the proceedings. Many of the best bits (and most of the classical-music passages) are recycled from the earlier Friz Freleng spot-gag epics Rhapsody in Rivets (1941) and Lights Fantastic (1942). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Sour Puss
How Do I Know It's Sunday
Daffy Duck's Easter Egg-Citement
This animated anthology originally aired on television and is comprised of three poorly animated new Daffy Duck features. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Hare Tonic
Daffy Duck and Egghead
Sleepy Time Possum
Poultry Pirates
Drip-Along Daffy
Tortilla Flaps
Katnip Kollege
Goldimouse and the Three Cats
Sylvester the cat, his wife, and his spoiled-rotten son Junior go for a walk while their porridge cools. Blonde-haired Goldimouse enters their empty house, whereupon the familiar story proceeds as usual until Junior demands that Sylvester capture the mouse to prove his worthiness as a father. All of Sylvester's strategies fail spectacularly, forcing Mrs. Sylvester and Junior to take refuge in their bomb shelter. Though Goldimouse manages to escape Sylvester's wrath, bratty Junior isn't so lucky--and guess where all that gooey porridge ends up! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bye Bye Bluebeard
Daffy Duck Slept Here
Conrad the Sailor
Rebel Rabbit
The Three Little Bops
Bunker Hill Bunny
A Merrie Melodies cartoon set in the time of the American Revolution, director Friz Freleng's Bunker Hill Bunny casts Bugs Bunny as a Colonial rebel and Yosemite Sam as "Sam Von Schmam," a Hessian redcoat. Bugs and Sam command neighboring forts on the outskirts of the battle, flying opposing flags -- Bugs is "We", Sam is "They." Naturally, the two soon find themselves at war. In traditional Warner Brothers cartoon fashion, what follows is a series of blackout gags exploring the comic potential of cannonballs, bayonets, and sheds stacked to the ceiling with gunpowder, the violence escalating exponentially as the conflict progresses. But no matter how complex Sam's determined efforts to defeat the rebellious rabbit become, Bugs always manages to turn the tables with his old-fashioned American ingenuity. The battle is accompanied by a continual barrage of wisecracks, ranging from Bugs' use of baseball chatter during a cannon fight to a series of puns involving rhymes for the word "Hessian." The conclusion of the film features a bandaged Sam and Bugs walking down the road playing a drum and fife, a composition mimicking the well-known painting. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Buddy's Beer Garden
To celebrate the repeal of Prohibition, Buddy opens up a German beer garden--and adopts a thick German accent for the occasion. Buddy's girlfriend Cookie doubles as the establishment's cigarette girl and the lead dancer in the lavish floor show. Also appearing is a Mae West lookalike, singing "My Good Time Slow Time Baseball Man"--and wait til you find out the true identity of the curvaceous cutie. Yes, there's a nominal tough-guy villain, but he's soon washed away in a sea of good cheer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Daffy Doc
Booted out of an operation for his zany behavior, Dr. Daffy Duck decides to prove his worth by dragging Porky Pig off the street and forcing him to be his patient. The film's centerpiece is Daffy's encounter with an iron lung, which so "pixillates" him that he imagines a consultation with several clones of himself before operating on Porky. This bit also sets up the classic closing gag, with Porky and Daffy expanding and contracting like balloons. (Unfortunately, all references to the artificial lung have been censored from the colorized version of this black-and-white cartoon, rendering several gags incomprehensible!) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Stage Door Cartoon
Dough Ray Me-Ow
Bugs and Thugs
Hair-Raising Hare
A Day at the Beach
Eatin' on the Cuff
This one opens with a live-action shot of a pianist (played by former Chaplin foil Leo White, but voiced by Mel Blanc) as he musically recounts the story of a Moth and his "flame"--namely a Honey Bee. Hoping to horn into this romance and claim the Moth for herself is a homely Black Widow Spider, who tries everything from disguising herself as Veronica Lake to luring the Moth to her web with a seductive candle flame. But Honey Bee isn't about to give up her man (or Moth) that easily--and confidentially, she stings! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

What's Up, Doc?
Big Top Bunny
America's favorite wascally wabbit stars in this comic escapade in which Bugs, the main attraction of the Kolonel Korney World circus, raises the ire of the Russian acrobat bear. The video release also features such classic shorts as Water, Water Every Hare, Rabbit Rampage, Abominable Snow-Rabbit, Rabbit's Skin, and Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Stupor Duck
Another of director Bob McKimson's TV satires, this one is a broad "Superman" spoof with Daffy Duck in the dual role of mild-mannered reporter Cluck Trent and that "strange being from another planet" Stupor Duck. Overhearing the sinister schemes of evil Russian saboteur I. Aardvark Ratnik, Cluck Trent ducks into a closet (located in the McKimson Building, naturally) and emerges as Stupor Duck, intent upon seeking out and neutralizing the bad guy--never once figuring out that "Ratnik" is nothing more than a character on a radio soap opera. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
Swallow the Leader
We're in the Money
After the night watchman at a toy store goes home, all the toys come to life and make whoopee in the store's music department, singing and dancing to the tune of the title song (originally written for the 1933 musical film Gold Diggers of 1933). Wooden soldiers, dolls, jump-ropes, clothes mannequins and even the store's cash register all join in the fun, some of which appears in stock-footage form from the 1932 cartoon A Great Big Bunch of You. "Guest stars" include miniaturized versions of Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Mae West. We're in the Money was later reissued on the home-movie market as Midnight Follies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Foney Fables
Friz Freleng updates some familiar fairy tales--and this being a 1942 cartoon, most of the gags have a wartime slant. Typical examples: While the Ant works hard to store for the winter, the Grasshopper puts his faith in US War Bonds; Aladdin rubs the lamp only to discover that the Genie has been unionized; Old Mother Hubbard is ratted out as a food hoarder; and the Goose that Lays the Golden Eggs converts to aluminum for the Duration. A cute running gag is provided by the Boy Who Cried Wolf (once too often, as it turns out!) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

To Beep or Not to Beep
Steal Wool
West of the Pesos
Have You Got Any Castles?
The Ducksters
Snow Business
All a Bir-r-r-rd
Gift Wrapped
The Captain's Christmas
Lights Fantastic
One of the few Warner Bros. cartoons with no human or animal characters, Lights Fantastic is a collection of "spot" gags about the illuminated billboards in New York's Times Square. During our guided tour of this neon wilderness, we are treated to an anthropomorphic quartet singing the praises of "Four Noses" whiskey, a row of dancing "Face and Sunburn" coffee cans, and a climactic live-action conga line. The musical score includes classical snippets from Felix Mendelssohn and Johann Strauss, with the latter's "Voices of Spring" used as background for the inevitable EAT AT JOE'S gag. Lights Fantastic is a loose remake, with stock footage, of Billboard Frolics (1935). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Boyhood Daze
My Little Duckaroo
In this sequel to the 1951 cartoon Dripalong Daffy, cowboy hero Daffy Duck--aka "The Masked Avenger"--rides into town on his faithful steed Tinfoil, accompanied by his sidekick Comedy Relief (who looks an awful lot like Porky Pig). It is Daffy's mission to collect the $10,000 reward for the capture of the notorious outlaw Nasty Canasta. But when the villain proves more formidable than anticipated, Daffy is forced to drop his "Masked Avenger" guise and adopt several other alternate identities, including "Superguy" and "The Freesco Kid." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Wholly Smoke
Taunted by a bully, little Porky Pig tries to prove he's all grown up by smoking a big black cigar. This leads to a harrowing nightmare sequence, in which giant-sized cigars, cigarettes and pipes all come to life--as caricatured celebrities--to perform a surrealistic rendition of "Mysterious Mose". Things come to a horrifying head when the tobacco terrors, led by "Nick O'Teen", gang up on Porky and force him to smoke himself sick! This cautionary fable features "cameos" by Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee, Cab Calloway, The Mills Brothers and The Three Stooges. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Duck Dodgers in the 24th and 1/2 Century
Confusions of a Nutzy Spy
A Gander at Mother Goose
The credits read "Technical Advisor: Mother Goose," but chances are that Tex Avery never let the old dear past the studio gates. Best gags: Jack and Jill go up the hill, and Jack comes down covered with kisses; the Three Little Pigs tell the huffin'-puffin' Wolf something that his best friends won't; a dog wishes on a star and gets a tree; and Humpty Dumpty ends up with a plumber's crack. The finale dispenses with Mother Goose in favor of a new spin on "The Night Before Christmas", in which at least one mouse is doing plenty of stirring! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Speaking of the Weather
Duck Soup to Nuts
Mexicali Shmoes
Ain't She Tweet
Norman Normal
Neither a "Looney Tune" nor a "Merrie Melodie", Norman Normal was produced as a "Cartoon Special" by Warner Bros. new animation department. This hip, modernistic, brightly colored satire features a bespectacle chap named Norman Normal, a decent sort surrounding by deception and hypocrisy everywhere. Ordered by his boss to get a client drunk in order to secure an important contract, Norman balks, opening several doors (which appear out of nowhere) to seek advice from friends and family members. Alas, all of them chastize Norman for his virtuous attitude, telling him that he's got to "fit in" and "conform" if he wants to get ahead in life. All of this turns out to be a literal "head-trip" for Norman, who ends his odyssey exactly where it began. The title song was written by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter Paul and Mary fame, who also coproduced and cowrote the cartoon and provided several character voices. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Wacky Wabbit
An unusually chubby Elmer Fudd goes prospecting for gold in the desert, where he is bedevilled--and nearly blown up--by the ubiquitous Bugs Bunny. Upon finding out that Bugs has a gold tooth, Elmer decides to grab the glittering dental extremity for himself. In the course of events, Elmer reveals that he wears a girdle (and warns the men in the audience not to laugh), and Bugs is briefly led to believe that he's been reduced to a pile of bones ("Gruesome, ain't it?") Ultimately, however, Elmer has occasion to shout "Euweeka! Gold at wast!" V for Victowy!!! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

An Egg Scramble
The Night Watchman
A Message to Gracias
Much Ado About Nutting
Much Ado About Nutting is a wordless film from master cartoonist Chuck Jones. As Nutting opens, a squirrel spies an unguarded nut stand across the street from him and hurries toward it. He is delighted to find a stand full of peanuts, and even more so to find another with walnuts next to that. His delight increases when he then sees a pistachio nut stand and reaches heights of ecstasy upon the discovery of a coconut stand. The squirrel manages to shove one of the heavy coconuts to the ground and roles it back into the park -- but then encounters difficulty when he bites it and nearly breaks his teeth. The resourceful rodent tries a number of tactics -- dropping it from a tree, using a saw and a jackhammer, even pushing it up all the stairs of the Empire State Building and dropping it from the observation deck -- but to no avail. Tired and frustrated, he returns it to the coconut stand from whence it came. As he walks away, the coconut falls from the stand -- and wonder of wonders, it cracks. Hurrying over, the squirrel pushes away the husks -- only to find ANOTHER coconut inside! ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Ready.. Set.. Zoom!
Rabbit Punch
Cat Feud
Russian Rhapsody
In this classic WW2 propaganda piece, Adolf Hitler, principal spokesman of "The New Odor", takes it upon himself to win the war single-handedly by flying a solo bombing mission over Moscow. Unfortunately for Der Fuhrer, his plane is sabotaged--and he himself is spectacularly humiliated--by a battalion of pint-sized "Gremlins from the Kremlin", most of whom bear a startling resemblance to the Warner Bros. animation staff. Some of the funniest material occurs at the beginning of the cartoon, as Hitler delivers a tirade with such authentic German phrases as "Stup Friz Freleng vit der Heinrich Binder und der Vat's Cooking Doc!" ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Canned Feud
My Favorite Duck
Porky Pig's efforts to go camping are frustrated by Daffy Duck, who manages to claim-jump every available campsite. Worse, Porky can't rid himself of Daffy because duck-hunting season is over--and he faces a $5000 fine if he so much as harms a feather on Daffy's head. Taking advantage of the situation, Daffy torments Porky throughout the cartoon, only to end up outsmarting himself. Now only a miracle (such as a break in the film!) can save Daffy from Porky's terrible wrath. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rocket Squad
Pizzicato Pussycat
French Rarebit
A Hare Grows in Manhattan
Polar Pals
This time Porky Pig is an Eskimo, living in a North Pole that more closely resembles a huge, shimmering bowl of Jell-O. After musically cavorting with a flock of penguins, Porky gets down to the business at hand--namely, preventing the evil trapper I. Killem from wiping out every animal in sight (a gruesome sequence, for all its hilarity!) Songs include "Let's Rub Noses (Like the Eskimoses)", "Deep in a Dream", "T'aint No Sin", and (inevitably for a Warner Bros. cartoon) "Singing in the Bathtub." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Porky's Double Trouble
This is a takeoff of the 1935 John Ford movie The Whole Town's Talking, which starred Edward G. Robinson in the dual role of a meek clerk and a lookalike gangster boss. Upon discovering that bank teller Porky Pig is his exact double, an escaped convict known as The Killer decides to take the Pig's place and pull off a heist. Luring Porky to his hideout by disguising himself as Mae West (!), The Killer ties up Porky and switches clothes. Only Porky's girlfriend Petunia can tell the difference between the real Killer and his innocent "twin brudder". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Boobs in the Woods
Early to Bet
A Broken Leghorn
Mississippi Hare
Horton Hatches the Egg
Doctor Seuss gets the Merrie Melodies treatment in Horton Hatches the Egg, an animated short based on the classic children's book of the same name. The story is the same, with Masie the lazy bird convincing Horton the elephant to sit on her egg while she takes a short break. Horton is reluctant, worried about the effect of his immense weight on the tiny shell, but he eventually agrees. Once Horton is on the egg, Masie takes off for an extended vacation in Palm Beach, leaving her offspring behind. Horton, meanwhile, stays with the egg for a full year, suffering through snow, rain, and the ridicule of his fellow animals; he never considers leaving his post, because "an elephant's faithful 100 percent." However, when Horton is kidnapped by a trio of elephant hunters and brought to a local circus, he once again encounters Masie -- who, now that all the hard work's done, wants her egg back. The short is essentially faithful to the Seuss fable, but director Robert Clampett spices things up with occasional moments of comedy with a distinctly Warner Brothers flavor, like jungle animals with New York accents and a cameo appearance by a suicidal fish. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Haredevil Hare
Draftee Daffy
Bowery Bugs
To Duck or Not to Duck
Hunter Elmer Fudd sets his sights on Daffy Duck and opens fire. Outraged, Daffy challenges Elmer to throw away his gun and settle their differences man-to-man (or man-to-duck). Suddenly the forest morphs into a huge boxing ring, with a lively crowd of ducks in the audience demanding Elmer's blood. Since the fight referee is also a duck, it looks like the odds are against Elmer; even Mr. Fudd's dog, who isn't named Laramore, suspects that the fix is in. But there's a neat and satisfying plot twist just before the final bell. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Fighting 69 1/2th
Pied Piper of Guadalupe
Hare Do
Fresh Airedale
A household cat is driven crazy because his master treats a dog named Shep like a hero--even though good ol' Shep is actually a thief and scoundrel. Attempting to expose Shep as a phony, the cat is further frustrated when his master is led to believe that the duplicitous dog has scared off a burglar. But Shep may end up outsmarting himself when he decides to one-up a genuinely heroic hound who has been elected the nation's "Number One Dog". The ironic final gag is a real showstopper--and head-banger. Fresh Airedale includes footage from the never completed Warner Bros. cartoon For He's a Jolly Good Fala. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Prehistoric Porky
In One Billion Trillion BC, cave dweller Porky Pig starts his day by playing catch with his pet dinosaur Rover. Then he reads the latest issue of "Expire" (The Magazine for Cave Men), which informs him that his animal-skin clothing is out of date. There is nothing else for Porky to do but go hunting for a new Spring wardrobe, an expedition which leads to a dangerous encounter with an inordinately surly black panther. Listen for those ersatz cameo appearances by radio favorites Kate Smith and Jerry Colonna. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

By Word of Mouse
Newly arrived from Knockwurst-on-der-Rye, German mouse Hans visists his American cousin Willie. Their conversation soon turns to America's free-market capitalist system, leading to a lecture on the subject of mass production at Putnell University (Old PU), delivered by a professor-style mouse. Meanwhile, Sylvester the cat, refusing to enter into the spirit of things, tries to capture and consume the three economically savvy rodents. mice and lecturer. By Word of Mouse is the first of three Warner Bros. cartoons underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, to educate filmgoers on the intricacies of capitalism (the other two titles are Heir Conditioned and Yankee Dood It). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Grey Hounded Hare
Odor-Able Kitty
Thugs with Dirty Mugs
Tortoise Beats Hare
Rabbit Fire
Gorilla My Dreams
A Ham in a Role
Under contract to Warner Bros.' "Looney Tunes", a Shakespearean dog must submit himself to such slapstick indignities as being pelted with pies. Unable to withstand this abuse, the dog quits the movies in order to study the Bard and seek out roles more worthy of his talents. But after a hectic confrontation with "Goofy Gophers" Mac and Tosh, who have an unfortunate habit of taking the works of Shakespeare too literally ("My kingdom for a horse" results in a nasty kick from a mule), the hammy hound is more than happy to give up his artistic aspirations and resume his career as a cartoon fall guy. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

A Pest in the House
Checking into a hotel after an exhausting road trip, a weary businessman warns hotel manager Elmer Fudd of dire consequences--namely a punch in the nose!--if he is disturbed while trying to sleep. Unfortunately, overeager bellboy Daffy Duck wastes no time in making a noisy pest of himself, and as a result the bleary-eyed businessman periodically schlumps downstairs to mete out punishment to poor Elmer. Apparently the only way to save Elmer's nose from further abuse is to promote Daffy to the position of manager--a desperate move that does nothing to forestall the inevitable final punch! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

I Got Plenty of Mutton
She Was an Acrobat's Daughter
Acrobatty Bunny
Wackiki Wabbit
A-Haunting We Will Go
My Bunny Lies Over the Sea
Mama's New Hat
Room and Bird
Baton Bunny
Operation: Rabbit
Bosko in Person
There's no plot but plenty of music and laughs as Bosko and Honey put on a vaudeville show. The two troupers do a little bit of everything: singing, dancing, playing the piano, and imitating such 1930s celebrities as Greta Garbo, Maurice Chevalier, Jimmy Durante, Ted Lewis and even Aunt Jemima. Musical highlights include "Whistle and Blow Your Blues Away," "Was That the Human Thing to Do?" and "Sweet Georgia Brown". All this, and President Roosevelt too: Happy Days are REALLY here again. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Film Fan
Porky the Fireman
A Corny Concerto
Two pieces of classical music by Johann Strauss form the background for A Corny Concerto, a two-part animated short from director Robert Clampett. Elmer Fudd plays the role of orchestra conductor, attempting to provide proper introductions to the different works while struggling with his rapidly disintegrating tuxedo. The first part, "Tales from the Vienna Woods," features Bugs Bunny and -- in Elmer's usual hunter role -- Porky Pig. Bugs easily outwits Porky and his hunting dog, but all three wind up on the wrong end of Porky's shotgun, thanks to an irate squirrel. Throughout the short, all the characters occasionally lapse into balletic movements, and Bugs even briefly dons a tutu. The cartoon's second segment is set to the strains of the "Blue Danube," and centers around a duckling -- who bears a striking resemblance to a young Daffy -- who attempts to join a family of swans, but is continually rebuffed by the swan mother. Much of the waltz is actually sung by the swans; when the young duck joins in, his loud, off-key quacks give him away. However, when a vulture steals the young swans, it's up to the ugly duckling to come to the rescue. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Whoa, Be Gone
Old Glory
Tortoise Wins by a Hare
The Hep Cat
Though Warner Brothers had been making color cartoons since the 1930s under its Merrie Melodies banner, director Robert Clampett's The Hep Cat was the first color animated short in the Looney Tunes series. A fairly simple dog-versus-cat story, the cartoon begins with the titular cat once again sneaking through the yard guarded by Rosebud the dog, who naturally gives chase. The chase is punctuated by a couple of musical numbers, as the Hep Cat attempts to romance the neighborhood lady cats. Rosebud decides to use the feline's amorous streak to his advantage, planning to trick him with a hand puppet made up to look like a female cat. But though the Hep Cat does fall in love and attempt to woo the puppet, the dog's scheme is still less than a total success. Many of the short's best gags border on the risque -- at one point, when caressing the puppet, the Hep Cat's hands move down too far and touch the dog's nose; when he feels the strange bulge, he happily notes that "something new has been added!," and he resumes his embrace. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Nuts and Volts
Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur
The Unexpected Pest
Hook, Line and Stinker
Puss N' Booty
Water, Water Every Hare
Bear Feat
Having stumbled upon a newspaper ad placed by "Mingling Brothers Circus" for a trick bear act. Pa Bear tries to transform himself , his wife Ma Bear and his son Junyer Bear into a vaudeville troupe, and suffers spectacularly as a result. The main problem is the oafish Junyer, who has no talent but plenty of bulk--a bad combination when one is trying to be a tightrope walker or trick cyclist. Worst of all, Pa Bear's efforts turn out to be all for naught, leading to closing gag that's a real killer (which may be why this cartoon seldom shows up on TV). And yes, that's famed satirist Stan Freberg as the voice of Junyer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Foghorn Leghorn
Bartholomew Versus the Wheel
Buddy's Circus
Buddy is the combination manager and ringmaster of a travelling circus, where the main attractions include an "elephant xylophones" and a pair of high-flying acrobats. Watching the fun is a mother with a baby, who escapes his mom's arms and starts climbing the riggings leading to the tightrope high above the ground. As the mother screams in terror, Buddy takes it upon himself to rescue the little tyke. Most of the "freak show" attractions at Buddy's Circus consist of outrageous African American stereotypes, which may explain why this cartoon doesn't show up on TV very often. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Oily Hare
We're in "Deepinahola" Texas (just outside of Deepinaharta Texas), where a millionaire oilman hopes to drill another well in the rabbit hole occupied by Bugs Bunny. Naturally, Bugs ain't budgin', so the millionaire and his stupid flunkey Maverick try every dirty trick in the book to eliminate the pesky rabbit--including such cartoon standbys as giant-sized bullets and huge sticks of TNT. Finally the oilman sets off an explosive charge that brings forth a veritable gusher--not gushing oil, but instead a certain orange-colored vegetable that has a lot more value to Bugs than to the millionaire! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Kitty Kornered
Porky Pig has some troubles putting his cats out for the evening in Kitty Kornered, a Looney Tunes animated short from director Bob Clampett. But although the four troublesome felines (including Looney Tunes regular Sylvester) do everything in their power to resist the harried pig, Porky eventually frightens them out into the snowy night by calling on "Lassie," a vicious dog that actually turns out to be a shadow puppet. When the cats discover this deception, they, led by Sylvester, decide to get even -- they'll scare him even more than he scared them. Their revenge centers around a false radio broadcast, fooling Porky into believing there has been a landing of spacecraft from Mars. The cats then appear, dressed as multi-colored Martians, and have loads of fun tormenting Porky before chasing him out of the house. Highlights include a gun in a glass case, marked "Use Only in Case of Invasion from Mars," and a moment where the quartet of cats all simultaneously impersonate Teddy Roosevelt, charging on Porky with swords drawn. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Hurdy Gurdy Hare
The Case of the Stuttering Pig
Going! Going! Gosh!
High Diving Hare
Porky and Teabiscuit
Hippety Hopper
Hyde and Hare
Porky's Preview
Porky Pig rents a theater to show some of his own hand-made animated cartoons. Drawn in stick-figure style, these featurettes include a colorful circus parade (replete with sanitation worker), a horse race at Santa Anita, and a saucy hula-hula dancer. Alas, it turns out that the only audience member willing to sit through the whole show is a skunk with but "one scent" to his name. Most current prints of this cartoon are missing two key gags: one involving a Mexican hat-dancer, the other featuring a blackfaced Al Jolson caricature performing "September in the Rain". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Book Revue
The Booze Hangs High
Farmer Bosko has a (literally) high old time singing and dancing with the barnyard animals; baby ducks cavort in unison (taking time out for a potty break), an improvised horse-hair fiddle scratches out a lively tune, and so on. But the fun really begins when a bottle of liquor gets passed around, resulting in a drunken rendition from a quartet of pigs and innumerable shouts of "Whoopee!" Most of the music in this cartoon is adapted from the Oscar Hammerstein operetta Song of the Flame, filmed by Warner Bros. in 1930. The film's most outrageous gag, involving a regurgitated corncob, is often cut for television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Now Hear This
The weirdest cartoon ever to emerge from the Warner Bros. animation department, Now Hear This is almost impossible to describe, but here goes anyway. Basically, it's the story of a small red horn, which has somehow become detached from the head of Satan. A hard-of-hearing Englishman, dissatisfied with his crumpled green ear horn, stumbles upon the devilish device and adopts it as his own. Before long, the hapless Britisher is barraged with bizarre, distorted sound effects and wildly abstract visuals: an ant sounds like a train, musical notes morph into firecrackers, and the air is filled with "written" sounds like "Punk", "Wiseguy" and even "Gigantic Explosion." Meanwhile, a strange little elf periodically pops out of the horn to make inscrutable gestures--and, ultimately, to deliver the cartoon's "moral." Now Hear This may not make much sense, but that didn't stop it from earning an Academy Award nomination. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

You're an Education
The Bashful Buzzard
The star of this one is Mortimer Snerd-like Beaky Buzzard, incongruously identified as "Killer". Dispatched by Mama Buzzard to fetch a few animals for dinner, Beaky's brothers perform magnificently, dragging home everything from a cow (with a milking farmer still attached!), to a flying elephant who isn't Dumbo. Alas, the best Beaky can do is summed up by his famous signature tune: "I'm bringin' home a bay-bee bumblebee...won't my mother be so proud of me..." When the bumblebee escapes, Beaky tries his luck with a tiny lizard--who instantly morphs into a ferocious dragon. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Baseball Bugs
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears
Knight-Mare Hare
Tweety and the Beanstalk
This time it is Sylvester the Cat who substitutes for Jack, climbing the beanstalk to a castle in the clouds, where he encounters a gigantic Tweety Bird--and an even more enormous bulldog. Undaunted, Sylvester hopes to make a meal of the humongous canary, only to encounter obstacles undreamed of in his earlier cartoons. Finally, the Giant Himself enters the scene, whereupon Sylvester scurries back to earth just in time for a twist ending (which may seem a little politically incorrect to modern viewers, but that's the price one pays for watching old cartoons!) ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Birds Anonymous
With a little help from Birds Anonymous, Sylvester thinks that he can jump on the wagon and forget about his craving for delicious little birds. The moment he sees a savory Tweetie bird fly by, however, all bets are off. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Hollywood Daffy
Descending from a Hollywood bus, autograph seeker Daffy Duck crashes the gate at Warner Bros., where he runs afoul of a studio guard who looks like a Keystone Kop and sounds like Joe Besser. Even Daffy's disguise as the Academy Award statuette does not fool the eagle-eyed guard, and the chase is on. Just before the "That's All Folks!" title, Daffy is finally permitted to see some stars--revolving around his injured head! Highlights include a short visit to the dressing room of Anne Sheridan, and Jack Benny's futile efforts to "win" an Oscar from a vending machine. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Tom Thumb in Trouble
One of the few "serious" Warner Bros. cartoons, this one finds Chuck Jones striving (and generally succeeding) to emulate Walt Disney. Nearly drowning in a mishap, tiny Tom Thumb is rescued by a friendly bird, but Tom's normal-sized woodchopper father thinks that the bird has attacked his son and angrily chases it away. Later on, when Tom is lost in a blinding snowstorm, the bird proves his loyalty and courage beyond all question. Some of the forced-perspective images are unforgettable, and overall the cartoon deserves "A" for effort...but Warner Bros. never tried anything like it again. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Milk and Money
Porky Pig's Poppa will lose his farm to flint-hearted landlord Mr. Viper unless Porky can raise some money in a hurry. Heading to the big city with his faithful horse Bobbin, Porky manages to get work delivering milk, but loses most of his first shipment to a pack of hungry cats. Making matters worse, Hank Horsefly stings Bobbin, causing the old nag to run amuck. But Porky's luck changes radically when Bobbin accidentally enters a horse race and wins the grand prize...with a little help from his friend Hank! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!
This second entry in Warner Bros.' "Merrie Melodie" series stars Foxy and Roxy, who bear a remarkable resemblance to a pair of popular rodent characters then appearing in the Walt Disney cartoons. On this occasion, Foxy is a trolley-car conductor, enthusiastically singing the title song (later heard to even better effect in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit as he contends with fat hippo passengers, a recalcitant cow with a musical udder, a group of slightly effeminate hoboes, and a singing chicken in a stewpot. After picking up Roxy, Foxy embarks upon a wild ride indeed as his trolley careens out of control, leading to a mighty crash and a surprise ending. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Patient Porky
Having overindulged at his birthday party, Porky Pig checks into the local hospital. Here he finds himself at the mercy of a crazy cat who is passing himself off as "Young Dr. Chilled-Air". After a wild chase through the corridors, the bogus doctor prepares to operate on Porky with a huge saw--but, alas, he's gotta wait until Christmas! The rest of the cartoon is devoted to medical spot-gags, one involving a seminal version of Bugs Bunny (And in case you're interested, this picture is based on the best-selling novel "The Pains Came"). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Mouse Wreckers
Meet John Doughboy
In this dated but amusing pre-WW2 cartoon, newly drafted Porky Pig narrates a newsreel (replete with an RKO-Radio about America's defense efforts. In preparation against enemy attacks, Uncle Sam has sanctioned the building of tanks and planes, while the Army has stepped up its war games and training maneuvers. Some surprisingly potent political propaganda (from both the Left and the Right) is interwoven with typically hilarious Warner Bros. cartoon sight gags and verbal humor. Jack Benny, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, the emperor Napoleon and even Citizen Kane ("Sugar" Kane, that is) make cameo appearances. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Frigid Hare
Canary Row
Crazy Cruise
Here's another in an endless parade of Warner Bros. spot-gag cartoon travelogues, courtesy of Tex Avery. There's a bit of geographical confusion when the 1939 World's Fair Trylon and Perisphere show up in the middle of the Sahara desert, and some decidedly non-"P.C." ethnic humor involving a predatory Japanese vulture and a tribe of commercial-savvy cannibals. Along the way, Bugs Bunny makes a cameo appearance, doing his bit for the War effort. And what would a 1940s picture be without a guest spot by Veronica Lake? ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Paying the Piper
The cats of Hamelin are sore about losing their rat-catching jobs to "Pied Piper" Porky, and file a grievance with the Supreme Cat. He disguises himself as an enormous rat in an effort to prove that Porky isn't doing his job. Anxious to earn his reward money, Porky dedicates himself to ridding Hamelin of this garguantuan rodent, who adds insult to injury by stealing the cash. The cartoon's best running gag is the duel of insults between Porky and the ersatz "rat" ("Eh, your sister smokes corn silk!", "Eh, your sister drives a pickle wagon!", and on into the fadeout). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Now That Summer Is Gone
Knighty Knight Bugs
Bugs Bunny attempts to procure the Singing Sword for the Knights of the Round Table in this Academy Award-winning cartoon from the legendary Friz Freleng. A court jester who gets on King Arthur's bad side for declaring that only a fool would attempt to wrangle the mythical weapon from the dreaded Black Knight, Bugs is sent to the villain's castle to do what the Knights of the Round Table cannot. While sneaking into the castle is easy enough, wrangling the Singing Sword from the Black Knight and his sneezing dragon proves to be quite a chore. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rookie Revue
This pre-WW2 cartoon is a satire of the life of the American Enlisted Man, with an abundance of basic-training gags. There are also jokes aplenty about lazy buglers, stupid recruits who can't count to three, an Air Force mess hall buzz-bombed with biscuits, and sham battles with wooden weapons and ersatz parachutes. This plotless laugh parade closes with an elaborate gag on a firing range, spotlighting a clumsy general who sounds (and acts) like comedian Lou Costello. Most of the soldiers seen in Rookie Revue are caricatures of the Warner Bros. animation staff. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Trial of Mr. Wolf
Mr. Wolf stands trial before a jury of his peers in the case of Wolf vs. Little Red Riding Hood (another Katharine Hepburn soundalike). Though he has guilt written all over his face--literally--Mr. Wolf persists in telling his side of the story, in which he is the wholly innocent victim of the predatory Red and her nasty Grandma, who happens to be in the fur-coat business. Several role-reversal gags later, we return to the courtroom, where the Wolf declares that if he's been lying, "I hope I get run over by streetcar." Mmmmm...it's a possibility! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Wild Wife
A chauvinistic husband comes home from work to find that his wife is worn to a frazzle. When Hubby sarcastically remarks that a woman's life is easy compared to a man's, Wifey sets him straight by recalling the harrowing events of the past eight hours. Highlights include a noisy breakfast with a brace of bratty kids, a frustrating trip to the bank, a massive traffic jam, and a truly horrifying session at the beauty parlor. A rare "domestic" Warner Bros. cartoon, Wild Wife nonetheless ends with a traditional slapstick gag. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Pigs Is Pigs
Porky in Egypt
Fast and Furry-ous
Hollywood Canine Canteen
In this spoof of the 1944 Warner Bros. film Hollywood Canteen, a group of dogs owned by famous movie stars decide to organize a USO nightclub to entertain the members of the Army K-9 Corps. These mutts bear a remarkable resemblance to their celebrity owners, who include Edward G. Robinson, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Colonna, Carmen Miranda Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Abbott & Costello and Laurel & Hardy. The music for the Hollywood Canine Canteen is provided by eminent symphony conductor "Bowowski", and those Kings of Swing "Hairy" James, "Boney" Goodman, Tommy "Dorgy", Lionel "Hambone" and "Kaynine" Kyser. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Easter Yeggs
The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos
Often an Orphan
Abandoned by the latest in a long line of human masters, the troublesome Charley Dog gravitates to the farm of Porky Pig, hoping to find a new home and fresh source of food. After doing the "large soulful eyes" routine, Charley tries to convince Porky that he's the perfect dog: 50% boxer, 50% Irish setter (with brogue), 50% watchdog, 50% spitz, 50% Doberman pinscher, and all Labrador Retriever (and he'll even retrieve a Labrador to prove it). But Porky isn't interested, and spends the rest of the cartoon devising various methods to rid himself of Charlie--all to no avail. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Fifth-Column Mouse
In this devastating attack on pre-WW2 appeasement efforts, a group of happy mice enjoy some water sports in a kitchen sink while singing "Ain't We Got Fun?" Enter the villain, a Nazilike cat with a master plan. Gaining the confidence of a particularly stupid mouse, the cat convinces the rodent to persuade the other mice to become the cat's slaves, in exchange for an endless supply of cheese. To the tune of "Blues in the Night", the "Quisling" mouse does the cat's dirty work, only to discover that he and his friends are slated to become the cat's dinner. The tune quickly changes to "We Did It Before and We Can Do It Again" as the now-militant mice form a united front against the duplicitous feline. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Long-Haired Hare
Farm Frolics
This spot-gag visit to a typical American farm has a memorable opener, as an unseen artist "paints" a rustic landscape right before our eyes. One of the best gags finds a horse going through its repertoire of tricks, including a trot, a gallop, and a cantor--Eddie Cantor, that is. Other bits worth noting feature an uneasy friendship between a cat and a mouse, a watchdog who likes to read the funny papers, and a running gag involving a bunch of anxious piglets and a world-weary Mama pig (who sounds like, but isn't, ZaSu Pitts). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Hare Force
Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z
Transylvania 6-5000
En route to Pittsburgh, Bugs Bunny makes a "wrong toin" and winds up in Transylvania, where accepts the hospitality of sinister vampire Count Bloodcount, who transforms into a bat whenever Bugs says "Abracadabra". Bugs never notices this metamorphosis because he always manages to reverse the spell by saying "Hokus Pokus!"--which returns the Count to human form before he is able to sink his fangs into the Bunny's neck. By the time this gag has been milked dry, Bugs begins experimenting with other magical words, each of which has a bizarre effect on the hapless Count--and on Bugs himself! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Tweetie Pie
Upon finding a tiny bird named Tweety warming himself by the butt of a smoldering cigar, Thomas the cat (later Sylvester) schemes to make the little yellow hatching his lunch. Unfortunately for Thomas, his mistress plans to save the tiny bird. Now, in order to have his lunch as planned, Thomas constructs a Rube Goldberg device designed to help him capture Tweety without getting caught. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Dog Gone South
Despite his "Big Soulful Eyes" routine, Charlie Dog is kicked out of a freight car and ends up in Platt Falls, somewhere in the Deep South. Wasting no time in his search for a place to live and a few free meals, Charlie latches on to banjo-playing Colonel Shuffle--who is rapidly driven crazy by Charlie's aggressively "Yankee" behavior. Just when it appears that a second Civil War is about to begin, the Colonel's faithful bulldog Belvedere hatches a plan to get rid of Charlie once and for all. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Gold Diggers of '49
Tex Avery's first Warner Bros. cartoon stars Beans the Cat as a prospector during the 1849 Gold Rush--and when we say "rush", brother we ain't kiddin'! The plot, such as it is, gets under way when a snarling claim-jumper purloins a valuable package belonging to Porky Pig (bigger, fatter and louder than he'd ever be again). Beans vows to retrieve the stolen goods in exchange for the hand of Porky's daughter Little Kitty, thus setting the stage for a breathtaking car-chase finale--and never mind that cars haven't been invented yet! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Goofy Groceries
It's Hummer Time
While chasing a hummingbird, a cat repeatedly antagonizes the sleeping bulldog next door. The dog turns out to be quite creative in heaping punishment upon the hapless cat, indulging in such ritualistic tortures as "The Fence", "The Rainpipe", "The Thinker", "Happy Birthday"--and that most dreaded of all retributions, "The Works" ("Don't do it, in the name of humanity!" ). This hilariously sadistic cartoon was popular enough to warrant a 1951 sequel, Early to Bet; and as a bonus, excerpts from It's Hummer Time later popped up in the 1983 film Twilight Zone--The Movie. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Tabasco Road
The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
It's after midnight at "Ye Olde Bake Shoppe"--just the right time for the kitchen utensils, pots, pans and every other inanimate object to come to life for some musical fun. Amidsts the whistling kettles and a salt-pepper-sugar shaker singing trio, a fork takes a shower, and a mixmaster motorboat embarks upon an voyage in the kitchen sink. The highlight of the evening is the courtship of Miss Dish and Mister Spoon, sung to the tune of "Shuffle Off to Buffalo". Spoiling everyone's fun is a mutant yeast monster who attempts to kidnap Miss Dish, but the other kitchenware rallies together for a last-minute rescue. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cracked Ice
One Froggy Evening
Another classic cartoon from director Chuck Jones, this hilarious Merrie Melodies short introduces the singing, dancing amphibian Michigan J. Frog (later to become the official symbol of the Warner Brothers television network.) The frog is initially discovered by a fairly average man, who finds a mysterious box in the remnants of a demolished building. Inside the box is the frog, who immediately begins a rousing performance of "Hello My Ragtime Gal," complete with kick-step, top hat and cane. The man is thrilled at this discovery, realizing such a rare frog could be quite valuable. He decides to stage a public performance by the frog, and ends up sinking his life savings into the show. Things go awry, however, when the frog refuses to perform -- it turns out the frog will only sing and dance when the man is alone. If anyone else is around, it just sits there and ribbits. Michigan J. Frog's songs are the only dialogue in this film, which also features performances of "'I'm Just Wild About Harry," a Rossini aria, and an original number, "The Michigan Rag," penned by Jones and writer Michael Maltese. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Wild Wild World
Bugs Bunny Rides Again
Cat-Tails for Two
Porky Chops
Rabbit Hood
For Scent-imental Reasons
The dapper proprietor of an exclusive Parisian perfumery opens his shop one morning to discover a skunk (Pepe Le Pew) sampling his wares. Distraught, he calls a gendarme to remove the trespasser, but the policeman refuses to touch the smelly animal. The proprietor seizes hold of a cat and throws her in, ordering her to rid the premises of the skunk. Unfortunately, she knocks over a bottle of white dye which spreads along her back, giving her the appearance of another skunk. Pepe is struck with desire upon seeing the attractive faux-polecat and he makes amorous advances upon her. Repulsed, the cat hides inside a glass case. Pepe demands that she come out, and when she refuses, he places a gun to his head and pulls the trigger. The alarmed cat rushes out into his arms ("Fortunately for you, I missed," he explains), and then escapes to an upstairs room. As Pepe approaches, she jumps out the window. Proclaiming that they will die together, Pepe jumps after her. He lands in a bucket of blue paint, and she in a barrel of water. The cat, wet and bedraggled, looks so unappetizing that Pepe does not recognize her. On the other hand, with his strike covered, Pepe now resembles a very well-built cat, and he soon finds himself the object of the female cat's unwanted -- and very aggressive -- adoration. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Hop and Go
Ballot Box Bunny
Congo Jazz
Donning his pith helmet and loading himself with rubbery weapons, Bosko goes a-hunting the jungle, stalking wild tigers, bears and monkeys. When Bosko's gun fails, he falls back on the old adage "music hath charms." Before long all the animals are getting down in a wild jam session, using other animals, chunks of jungle foliage and even chewing gum as "instruments." Musical highlights include "When the Little Red Roses Get the Blues for You". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Don't Give up the Sheep
Kiddin' the Kitten
To Hare Is Human
The Abominable Snow Rabbit
The wrong turn occurred in East St. Louis rather than Alburquerque, but the result is the same: en route to Palm Springs, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck end up instead in the snow-capped Himalayas. Before long, Daffy has run into an abominable snowman named Hugo. The dopey Hugo insists upon calling Daffy "George" and is convinced that the duck is a rabbit--and he's always wanted a rabbit to hug and pet and hold and squeeze and squeeze and squeeze. Meanwhile, the real rabbit of the story manages to avoid Hugo's clutches...at least until the final scene! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Porky Pig's Feat
Porky's Romance
Baby Bottleneck
Ride Him, Bosko
We're way out West with Bosko, first of the singing cowboys. After a wild night at the Red Gulch saloon, Boskoo sets out to rescue his sweetheart Honey from a gang of dog-faced bandits. With Honey helplessly trapped in a runaway stagecoach, our hero gallops to the rescue--but will he make it in time? Ride Him, Bosko closes with the first live-action sequence in a Warner Bros. cartoon, as animation directors Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising argue over how the story should end...leaving poor Bosko to stare at the camera in abject confusion. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Kiss Me Cat
Case of the Missing Hare
Yankee Doodle Daffy
Daffy Duck in Hollywood
Bacall to Arms
A leering Hollywood wolf enters a movie house to drool over sexy film diva Laurie BeCool, currently costarring with Bogey GoCart in their latest film epic "To Have. . .To Have. . .To Have. . . " (PLEASE don't tell us you can't figure out what's being parodied here!) First, however, the Wolf must sit through the "Warmers Newsreel" and put up with a variety of obnoxious movie patrons. Once the main feature gets under way, Wolfie goes into wild paroxysms of passion every time Laurie BeCool slinks into view--and even bums a discarded cigarette from Bogey! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bunny Hugged
The Wabbit Who Came to Supper
Raw! Raw! Rooster
Foghorn Leghorn enjoys the full attention of all the barnyard hens until his old college chum Rhode Island Red pays a visit. Having disliked Red ever since their undergrad days at Chicken Tech, Foghorn concocts various scheme to get rid of the pest (who sounds like Jackie Gleason), but to no avail. Finally our hero resorts to a phony telegram informing Red that he's inherited a fortune--with the added grace note of a "loaded" bowling ball. Musical themes include "Freddy the Freshman", a Warner Bros. cartoon standby since 1932. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

I Love a Parade
Forward March Hare
Rocket Bye Baby
A disturbance in the cosmos has caused a interplanetary prenatal mixup, and as a result an earthling baby is delivered to Mars--while a Martian infant ends up on earth at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur. Adjusting to the fact that their new son has green skin and antennae, the Wilburs nonetheless treat him like a normal boy--even when they find out that he's a mathematical and scientific super genius. Things come to a head when the kid builds a working flying saucer based on a toy advertised on TV's "Captain Schmideo", leading poor Mr. Wilbur on a merry chase. Can this be REALLY happening, or is it all a crazy dream? We know--but we won't tell you. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Chili Weather
Broom-Stick Bunny
Wacky Blackout
A farm is the setting for a series of "spot" gags about the American Home Front during WW2. Most of the jokes are built around the newly installed blackout rules, designed to forestall enemy attack at night. Other gags involve a turtle who morphs into a tank, a cow who surrenders 5000 quarts of milk per day (and is getting mighty tired!), and a woodpecker who puts his talents to good use as a defense-plant riveter. Warner Bros. cartoon star Tweety Pie makes a cameo appearance as an erstwhile "dive bomber." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Gonzales Tamales
The Last Hungry Cat
What Price Porky
A huge flock of predatory ducks--who look like Daffy but sound like Donald--steal all the corn from Porky Pig's chickens. This act of aggression leads to an all-out war, on land and in the air. At first the ducks have the advantage, but Porky manages to emerge triumphant with the help of a reconverted washing machine. Though the makeshift tanks, airplanes and machine guns are drawn in comic fashion, the action is disturbingly reminiscent of genuine wartime combat footage...and remember, we're still a year or so away from the outbreak of World War 2! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

What's Opera, Doc?
One of the most beloved of all Warner Brothers cartoons, What's Opera Doc? re-imagines the Elmer Fudd versus Bugs Bunny conflict as a German opera, complete with expressionist sets, tragic romance, and a majestic chorus of "Kill the wabbit!" Director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese combine the usual wisecrack humor with a real appreciation of the classical form, crafting a loving parody of Wagner's Ring Cycle that manages to condense the massive four-opera work into a single, seven-minute story of a hunter, a rabbit, and a spear and magic helmet. Elmer takes on the Siegfried role, planning to use the magic armor to capture the rabbit. However, Bugs, as always, has countless schemes to foil Elmer -- including posing as his true love, the warrior maiden Brunhilde. When Elmer discovers this deception, however, he uses the full force of his magic to call up the power of the weather -- including winds, hurricanes, and the worst horror of all, smog. But for a few comic asides, all the dialogue is sung. Brilliant voice characterizations, wonderfully designed backgrounds, and smart writing all combine, under Jones' guidance, to create a hilarious classic. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Bully for Bugs
I Like Mountain Music
Martian Through Georgia
A pint-sized Martian is contented but bored with life on his own planet, and decides to visit Earth for some fun. Unfortunately, the Earthlings jump to the conclusion that the Martian is a monster, to be captured or destroyed or both. Unaware that the "hideous alien monstrosity" everyone is searching for is himself, the Martian joins the hunt. It isn't long before he comes to realize that the grass is always greener (or redder) on the other side of the universe...and besides, he hasn't forgotten that gorgeous Martian girl he left behind. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Little Beau Porky
Bird in a Guilty Cage
Guided Muscle
Jumpin' Jupiter
Porky Pig decides to go camping in the Great Outdoors, bringing his neurotic cat Sylvester along for the ride. While sleeping under the stars, Porky and Sylvester are abducted by a giant, green-skinned alien buzzard, who whisks the two earthlings away to the planet Jupiter. Upon awakening, Porky is blissfully unaware that anything has happened, except to comment that "Things sure look different after a good night's sleep." But nervous Sylvester knows the awful truth, and goes to great lengths to protect himself and his master from the surly alien--who turns out to have a lot of lookalike friends. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bugs' Bonnets
The premise of this cartoon is established right at the beginning: "It's a well known psychological fact that people's behavior is strongly affected by the way they dress. Even a change of hats will usually bring certain changes." Sure enough, when peace-loving Elmer Fudd dons a hunter's hat, his first act is to take aim at Bugs Bunny--who, donning an Army Sergeant's hat, orders Elmer to march into a nearby lake. And so it goes, hat after hat, personality change after personality change, until finally a top-hatted Bugs proposes marriage to a modestly veiled Elmer! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Barbary Coast Bunny
Scaredy Cat
Big House Bunny
An Itch in Time
Wabbit Twouble
Wabbit Twouble, a Merrie Melodies animated short from director Robert Clampett and writer Dave Monahan, once again pits Elmer Fudd against the mischievous rabbit Bugs Bunny. This time, the conflict is played out amongst the canyons and cabins of "Jellostone" National Park, where Elmer has gone for a much-needed vacation -- no hunting this time. However, his quest for rest and relaxation is continually disturbed by Bugs, who does his best to drive Elmer absolutely batty. (Just before leading him off a cliff, Bugs turns to the audience to proclaim "I do this kind of stuff to him all through the picture," sounding a bit embarrassed at how easy it all is.) The pesky rabbit's schemes culminate by tricking Elmer into provoking both a grizzly bear and a park ranger. As the title suggests, this cartoon builds a good number of jokes around Elmer's speech impediment, going so far as to write all the credits in a style mimicking his voice (i.e., "Music by Cawl W. Stawwing.") Also notable is the atypical visual design of Elmer, who sports a pronounced red nose and appears rather plumper than usual. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Lumber Jerks
The Wearing of the Grin
The Honey-Mousers
Chow Hound
To keep himself supplied with thick juicy steaks, a greedy bulldog runs an elaborate scam, using a scraggly cat as his patsy. The dog farms out the feline's "services" to a variety of human masters, forcing the cat to pose as a champion mouser named Butch, a pampered "pedigreed" cat named Harold, and even a sabertoothed "Alley Catus." It's the cat's job to appropriate steaks from his various owners, and woe betide the poor pussy if he forgets to bring the gravy. But a chilling retribution is in store for the gluttonous dog when his voracious appetite proves to be his undoing. Chow Hound may well be the most relentlessly sadistic of Chuck Jones' Warner Bros. cartoons--not to mention one of the funniest. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Devil May Hare
Rabbit's Kin
Hare Conditioned
Porky's Poppa
To increase milk production on his debt-ridden farm, Porky Pig's Poppa purchases a "creamlined" mechanical cow. This technological advance may spell doom for Porky's pet cow Old Bessie, who will be ground into meat patties unless she can keep up with her robot counterpart. The final decision rests upon the results of a contest between Bessie and the mechanized "bossie", which yields surprising results. Highlights include the opening rendition of "Old MacDonald" (with new lyrics), an impromptu showcase of "designer" cheeses, and a verbal gag stolen from The March of Time. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Feed the Kitty
Buddy's Day Out
This cartoon marks the first appearance of Buddy, Warner Bros.' replacement for their departed star Bosko. After we're introduced to Buddy, his girlfriend Cookie, his dog Happy and a baby named Elmer, everybody goes on a picnic. Amorous Buddy would like to "wugee, wugee, wugee" with Cookie, but Elmer keeps getting in the way. Like many another "Looney Tunes" of the early 1930s, Buddy's Day Out ends ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Zipping Along
Scrambled Aches
Cheese Chasers
Goo Goo Goliath
Assigned to deliver an enormous baby to Mr. and Mrs. Giant at the top of the Beanstalk, a drunken stork lazily deposits the infant at the nearest house, owned by a normal-sized couple named Jones. Despite his size, the baby is cute and loveable, but before long the gigantic infant is eating Mr. and Mrs. Jones out of house and home. Ultimately, 42-foot-tall "Junior" wanders away from home, plants the roof of the Brown Derby restaurant on his head, and takes a nap in the arms of the Statue of Liberty. And just wait until you see where the REAL "Jones baby" ends up. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Birth of a Notion
Why should Daffy Duck fly South when he can bamboozle his way into a nice warm house for the Winter? Unfortunately, the house he chooses belongs to a mad scientist who looks and sounds like movie menace Peter Lorre. Worse luck, the demented scientist needs a duck's wishbone to complete his sinister experiments. Thinking fast, Daffy tries to convince the scientist's dumb dog Leopold to murder his master. A wild chase ensues, culminating in a confrontation with a goofy goose who sounds like comedian Joe Besser ("You craaaazy you!") ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

You Were Never Duckier
Upon discovering that the "best rooster" prize at the National Poultery Show is $5000, Daffy Duck cleverly disguises himself as a Rhode Island Red with some stolen tailfeathers and a rubber glove. Enter young Henery Hawk, who is determined to catch a chicken for his father's dinner. At first flattered by all the attention, Daffy panics when he finds out what Henery has in mind. When all is said and done, both protagonists manage to "win" in the end--if you can call a five-dollar consolation prize a victory! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Beep, Beep
Plane Daffy
Satan's Waitin'
After chasing Tweety Pie up a skyscraper, Sylvester the cat plummets to the sidewalk--and dies. The hapless feline ends up in Hades, where a demon bulldog informs him that he's used up only one of his nine lives. Goaded into spending his remaining eight lives trying to capture the elusive Tweety, Sylvester succeeds only in losing lives Two through Eight in a variety of hilariously fatal confrontations. With only one life remaining between Sylvester and eternal darn-ation, he decides to give up on Tweety and play it safe. . .which turns out to be a BIG mistake. The 1961 Bugs Bunny Show TV episode "Satan's Waitin" (released theatrically as Devil's Feud Cake is not a remake. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Porky in the Northwoods
Claws for Alarm
Mexican Boarders
Back Alley Oproar
The Mouse That Jack Built
Crowing Pains
Henery Hawk is a chicken hawk, so naturally he wants a chicken. Bombastic rooster Foghorn Leghorn ("What's the gag--Ah say, what's the gag, son? Gag, that is") doesn't want to be pestered by Henery, so he convinces the little hawk that Sylvester the cat is a hen (who lays eggs, yet). Sylvester gets wise and turns the tables on Foghorn, while a long-suffering barnyard dog with a long-standing grudge against Sylvester also gets in on the act. Finally, Henery figures out a clever plan to expose the "real" chicken, but Foghorn has been keeping on his toes--toes, that is. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

There They Go-Go-Go!
Hare Trigger
This cartoon marks the first appearance of Yosemite Sam, the "meanest, roughest, rip-roarin'est, Edward Everett Horton-est" outlaw in the West. Attempting to rob the Superchief train, Sam is unaware that one of the passengers is Bugs Bunny, who proves to be the bandit's match in every way (watch the classic reaction when Sam orders Bugs to "draw!"). A chase ensues, with Bugs at one point running out of the cartoon and smack into some live-action Technicolor stock footage. The final showdown culminates with a cliffhanger, as a tied-up Bugs faces certain death--but a fadeout surpise is in store for both Sam and the audience. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Porky in Wackyland
Yankee Dood It
Yankee Dood It is the last (and most propagandistic) of the three Warner Bros. cartoons commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to educate the public on the benefits of a free-market economic system. Alerted to the fact that a wealthy shoemaker is forcing his elf workforce to labor under outmoded conditions, the King of the Industrial Elves (who looks and sounds like Elmer Fudd) decides to pay the benevolent despot a visit. In the cartoon's longest scene, the King attempts to set the shoemaker straight with a prosaic lecture on mass-production capitalism. Trouble is, the King turns into a mouse every time someone says "Jehosaphat"--and it so happens that the shoemaker owns a VERY hungry cat. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

The Wild Chase
I Haven't Got a Hat
Buccaneer Bunny
Bugs Bunny happens to be on hand when Pirate Sam is burying a treasure chest. Aiming his pistol at Bugs, Sam growls "Dead rabbits tell no tales"--but the rascally rabbit proves too fast and too smart for the pint-sized pirate. After chasing Bugs up, down and around his ship--and repeatedly getting a cannon blast in the face for his troubles--Sam makes the biggest mistake of his criminal career by calling Bugs' bluff when the Bunny casually tosses a lit match into the gunpowder hold. A huge "Ker-BOOM" is inevitable...and that's NOT all, folks! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Tweety's S.O.S.
A Star Is Bored
Janitor Daffy Duck seethes with jealousy as movie star Bugs Bunny is showered with attention. Marching into the Warner Bros. executive offices, Daffy demands an opportunity to prove that he has more talent than Bugs--even if it means taking a job as stunt double in the rabbit's latest picture. Donning a Bugs costume, Daffy is subjected to one painful humilation after another at the hands of Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd. It all seems to pay off when Daffy is awarded his own starring vehicle--but perhaps the foolhardy Duck should have taken a closer look at the script! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Alpine Antics
One of several attempts by "Termite Terrace" to promote a cat named Beans to cartoon stardom, this one takes place somewhere in the Alps, where Beans enters a skiing contest to win "$100,000 in prizes or $2,00 in cash"--not to mention the hand and heart of Little Kitty. Unfortunately, Beans' chief rival is a snarling bully, who pulls every dirty trick in the book to cross the finish line first. Porky Pig makes a nonspeaking cameo appearance as another contestant, riding in on a rocking-horse sled. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Red Riding Hoodwinked
Tweety and Sylvester intrude upon this modernized version of "Little Red Riding Hood." When he spots Red and Tweety travelling (by bus!) to visit Red's Granny, Sylvester follows the pair to the woods, thence to Granny's house. Upon arrival, Red and Tweety are greeted by two cleverly disguised predators: The Big Bad Wolf and the Big Bad Puddy Tat, both of whom have the classic "The Better to See You With" catchphrases down pat--and neither of whom get what they want, namely a free meal. Fans of Jackie Gleason will enjoy the cartoon's (literal) punch line. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Wagon Heels
This 1945 "Merrie Melodies" cartoon is a color remake of the 1938 "Looney Tunes" release Injun Trouble. Leading a wagon train westward, Porky Pig runs afoul of fearsome "Superchief" Injun Joe, who is so powerful that he uses his mouth as a weapon of mass destruction. Meanwhile, Sloppy Moe, the crazed survivor of a previous massace, scurries through the proceedings singing "I know somethin' you don't know, you don't know, you don't know..." What he "knows" is that Injun Joe is ticklish--a fact that Porky acts upon to full advantage! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Little Pancho Vanilla
A Cartoonist's Nightmare
After everyone else at "Termite Terrace" has gone home, one lonely animator burns the midnight oil, laboring away on a cartoon starring the inimitable Beans. Falling asleep, the animator dreams that he is being attacked by the villains and monsters whom he has created for previous cartoons. One in particular, an apelike beast, is determined to get revenge for being depicted as a stupid fool--and he's got such pals as Spike the Spider and the Mad Musician to help him mete out retribution. Just when it looks like the poor animator is doomed, Beans jumps off the drawing board and races to the rescue. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Porky's Road Race
Here Today, Gone Tamale
Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court
The witty 'toon rabbit finds himself in medieval times in this animated spoof of Mark Twain's classic tale. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi

The Aristo-Cat
The Draft Horse
A farm horse wants to get out from behind the plow to join the Army, but is classified "44-F" when he flunks the physical. Crestfallen, the horse wanders into the middle of an Army training field where a loud "sham" battle is taking place. Once he gets an up-close-and-personal look at genuine warfare, our equestrian hero is more than happy to remain a civilian--and as a bonus, there's an important job awaiting him on the Home Front. Watch for a cameo appearance by Private Snafu, animated star of The Army-Navy Screen Magazine. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Bewitched Bunny
In her first cartoon appearance, Witch Hazel lures a pair of obese German tots named Hansel and Gretel into her gingerbread house. Knowing what Hazel has in mind (he's read the book, after all), Bugs Bunny appoints himself the kids' guardian. Although "Der Kinder" manage to escape before they're popped into the oven, Bugs himself is not so lucky, and spends the rest of the picture being pursued by Witch Hazel (loose hairpins and all) all around her bizarrely furnished bungalow. As a bonus, Prince Charming appears as "himself". ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Slick Hare
8 Ball Bunny
No Barking
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