Looney Tunes Theatrical Series -Warner Bros.
This series, Warner Bros. first animated series and predecessor to the companion Merrie Melodies cartoons, ran in many movie theaters from 1930 to 1969. From the early episodes that featured Bosko, Honey and Buddy, Looney Tunes went on to featured popular characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, The Tasmanian Devil and countless other popular characters.
This series was originally produced by Harman-Ising Pictures, with Leon Schlesinger producing the cartoons from 1933 to 1943. Warner Bros. incorporated the cartoon studio in 1944, and produced their cartoons in-house until 1963. After that, both series were outsourced to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises through 1967, with essentially the same crew from the Warner Bros. days. Warner Bros.- now called "Warner Bros.-Seven Arts"- re-assumed production for the series' final two years.
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.
After about a twenty year lull, a few, sporadic Looney Tunes were produced. Chuck Jones even returned to Warner Bros. to produce a few shorts, starting with Chariots Of Fur in 1994. Chuck Jones' seven short series ended in 1997 with From Hare To Eternity, his personal tribute to director Friz Freleng.
In 2003, the popularity of the live-action/animated film titled Looney Tunes: Back in Action paved the way to a new series of Looney Tune cartoons produced by Larry Doyle and Sherry Gunther, with as many as twenty planned. Interest in Looney Tunes shorts again waned, and only seven were eventually produced, and those were only released on the Australian DVD of the film in 2005.
In 2010, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner returned to the big screen in a series of 3-D shorts that again preceded select Warner Bros. films. Led off with Coyote Falls, these shorts were met with critical and commercial success, and in 2011 Warner Bros. expanded the series to include other classic Warner Bros. characters with I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat and Daffy's Rhapsody. As yet, no Bugs Bunny projects have been announced.
Here is the full listing of all the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes series cartoons, include cast and crew lists, cartoon pictures and synopsis of these Cartoon Classics from Warner Bros.
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