Sunday, November 15, 2009


Hello Everybody! Ms. Waxy Dragon here!
This week, I want to talk about a subject near and dear to my heart: the Warner Brothers staple (or should that be stable?) of animated characters known as the Looney Tunes, although a lot of the original shorts were also released under the Merrie Melodies banner.

There is much that could be said about these beloved characters. From the early days of the 1930s when in black and white such stars as Bosko, Foxy, and Buddy lead the way before Porky Pig became the first of the group we are more familiar with today, debuting in 1935's I Haven't Got A Hat. But while Porky hasn't been used as frequently as some of the more popular mainstays in recent years, you can always count on him to bring home the bacon when needed.

Sadly, out of all the eligible contenders from each year of active production, only five ever received the Oscar for Best Short Subject: Tweetie-Pie (1947), For Scent-imental Reasons (1949), Speedy Gonzales (1955), Birds Anonymous (1957), and Knighty Knight Bugs (1958).
Meanwhile four others have since gone on to become part of the National Film Registry's preservation program: What's Opera, Doc (1957); Duck Amuck (1953), Porky in Wackland (1938), and One Froggy Evening (1955).

From Bugs Bunny's classic "What's Up, Doc?" to Pepe Le Pew always chasing Le Femme Skunk Fatale, you can always count on these characters for laughs as surely as Sylvester will never succeed in his quest for a Tweety sandwich.

And I'll be back next weekend with more Sunday Funnies.-wd.

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