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>Leon Schlesinger Studios
  • Leon Schlesinger Studios
  • Animated Characters: Willoughby the Dog, Hep Cat, Bird.
  • Originally Released in 1942.
  • Production Number: 776.
    Blue Ribbon: 1177.
    MPAA: 8121
  • Running Time: 6:12 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.


Production Notes:

The first color Looney Tune (yes, it took until 1942 for Looney Tunes to go to color), and the first one to feature wide concentric rings.

The first Looney Tunes short to be incuded in the Blue Ribbon reissue series.

Jerry Colonna and Robert Taylor are caricatured. There is also a reference to Victor Mature.

Songs include: "Java Jive" (Ben Oakland-Milton Drake), performed by the Hep Cat.

Sexual innuendo is featured through much of the cartoon.

In September of 1943, beginning with A Feud There Was, Warner Bros. began re-releasing select color cartoons in their Blue Ribbon program. Typically the Blue Ribbon reissues received new opening sequences with Blue Ribbon title cards and standardized music. Cartoon production credits were also removed. Between ten and fifteen cartoons were released in any given year, with cartoons coming from as far back as 1935. The reissues continued until the close of the studio in the 1960's.

All Blue Ribbon cartoons were released as "Merrie Melodie" cartoons regardless of the original series. The first "Looney Tunes" short to be included in the Blue Ribbon series was The Hep Cat, which was added in 1949. The only current prints of many of these cartoons are the Blue Ribbon releases, although restoration of these cartoons with original elements and titles is always ongoing.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

Release Dates:

  • Oct 3, 1942- Original Release
  • Nov 12, 1949- Blue Ribbon Reissue

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