Old GloryOld Glory (1939) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series by Dave Koch
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- A Vitaphone Production
- Animated Characters: Porky Pig, Uncle Sam.
- Originally Released in 1939.
- Production Number: MPAA: 5258.
Blue Ribbon (2nd): 1363
- Running Time: 9:05 minutes.
- Jul 1, 1939- Original Release
- Aug 25, 1945- Blue Ribbon Reissue
- Sep 12, 1953- Second Blue Ribbon Reissue
Cartoon Production Information:
Note that Old Glory has only 48 stars, as this short was made before Hawaii and Alaska's admittance to the Union. Also, this Pledge of Allegiance does not have the phrase "under God" in it yet. That phrase was not added until the 1950s.
The tail end of "Hooray For The Red, White And Blue" replaces the closing theme, and the Merrie Melodies logo appears in front of the American flag (not the rings) to end the cartoon.
Unlike the usual Warner Bros. style, the animation is very realistic. It also runs considerably longer than other Warner Bros. cartoons.
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.
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