We've gotten numerous requests for Betty Boop. Here's a classic from 1932, and we can show you the complete cartoon, because it's in the Public Domain. It's one of a handful of collaborations the Fleischer studio did with the legendary swing musician and bandleader Cab Calloway. Betty Boop is a teenager living with her parents in this one, and they scold her for being a picky eater. She decides to run away from home with her wacky friend, Bimbo. They stumble upon a cave populated by surreal, nightmarish musical apparitions, and Betty decides that home isn't so bad after all! Here's "Minnie the Moocher" (Max and Dave Fleischer, 1932).
Here's a great scene from an MGM Tom and Jerry cartoon not seen very often these days. When Mammy Two Shoes decides Tom is too old to chase mice, she adopts "Lightning", a new cat who quickly gets both Jerry AND Tom thrown out of their happy home. Tom and Jerry form a truce and get sweet revenge! The frenetic jazz score by Scott Bradley is among the best in the series, and the animation by Ed Barge, Ken Muse, Ray Patterson and Irv Spence is the work of masters at their peak. Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera had their humor and timing down to a science here. From "Old Rockin' Chair Tom" (Hanna/Barbera, 1948)
How about a little old-school Fleischer Popeye for a change? When organ grinder Wimpy and his pet monkey happen upon the apartment building Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto live in, they give a performance. Popeye and Olive love it, but the cranky Bluto tries to run the musicians off. Popeye defends Wimpy, and the result is an all-out brawl for the ages! From "The Organ Grinder's Swing" (Dave Fleischer, 1937).
Here's something for your Saturday morning! Beginning with the prime-time "Bugs Bunny Show" in 1960, "Looney Tunes" broadcasts on network TV were given an iconic opening theme song, "This is It", written by Jerry Livingston and Mack David.
The musical introduction, performed by Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck as they dance across a vaudeville-style theater stage and usher in a procession of familiar characters, has been reused and re-imagined several times over the years. It event...ually settled as the definitive intro to Saturday morning presentations of the cartoons for over 30 years.
Here are several versions: The original, the 1980's update, the 1990's update, the instrumental Cartoon Network version from the early 2000s, and as a bonus, a variation from the 1980's "Golden Jubilee" VHS tape series, featuring Taz chased by the police on a motorcycle (yes, really!)
Dang, Foghorn, that's just savage! From "The Leghorn Blows at Midnight" (Robert McKimson, 1950).
We don't talk about cartoon-related video games much on this page. But this is a nostalgic favorite for some of us. How do you make the ending to a video game based on Road Runner cartoons epic? Well, first you have Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote teleported to space by Marvin the Martian. Then, you make the final boss a giant robot controlled by Wile E. Coyote. Then, you have the Road Runner blow it up, and have the Coyote fall all the way back to Earth, hitting the ground so hard he becomes stuck in pavement from the neck down. Then, have an Acme truck run over him, spilling out several of the explosive devices he used throughout the game, which explode. THEN, you conclude the game's running gag ("It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings"). From the Super Nintendo game "Road Runner's Death Valley Rally" (1992).
Once in awhile you feel sorry for Elmer Fudd. In "Good Night Elmer" (1940, directed by Chuck Jones), Fudd just wants to go to sleep but gets increasingly frustrated with a bedside candle that refuses to go out.
In 1991, Warner Bros., Major League Baseball, and the Upper Deck baseball card company teamed up for a cross-promotion called "Looney Tunes Comic Ball". Chuck Jones himself was commissioned to draw a series of short comic book stories, with a single panel on each side of over 500 collectable cards. A factory-sealed box of the complete set, with albums to put it in, recently turned up on eBay, and I won it! Thought folks might want a look! (Matthew Hunter)