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Looney Tunes

Original title: Looney Tunes
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Taddeo, Road Runner, Wile Coyote, Tweety and Sylvester, Yosemite Sam
Authors: Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, Robert McKimson, Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng
Warner Bros
Country: USA
Year: 1930
Gender: Comedian
Duration: 8 minutes
Recommended age: Children from 6 to 12 years old

The Looney Tunes were born in 1930 with the short film Sinking in the Bathtub, following the decision of Warner Bros. to invest in the field of animation, trusting the cartoonist couple Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising.

Immediately, the Looney Tunes met with great success, so much so as to lead to the creation of another series, the Merrie Melodies. Initially born to promote the soundtracks of the Warner films, the Merrie Melodies will be the first to switch to color.

In 1933 an event occurs that changes not only the history of Looney Tunes, but also that of animation tout court: Harman and Ising leave Warner and go to MGM. What might have seemed an insurmountable problem, turns instead into the dawn of a new era. Between '33 and '35, thanks above all to the director of Isadore Freleng, some "historical" characters are created such as Porky Pig, Silvestro e Speedy Gonzales.

1935 will be the defining year in the history of the Looney Toons. The arrival of Tex Avery, Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett will produce many of the most important characters and stories. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Beep Beep, Wile E. Coyote, Pepé the skunk, Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam are just their most famous creations.

In 1944, another significant change: the Looney Tunes discover color.

In the 50s, also thanks to the diffusion of their old episodes on TV, the series reached its peak of popularity, while the new works won two Oscars (thus equaling the result obtained in the previous decade).

In 1969, the production of Looney Tunes cartoons stopped. But, at the beginning of the 90s, interest in these characters returned to rise exponentially. First comes the popular Tiny Toon Adventures series, produced by Steven Spielberg, in which historical cartoons teach a new generation of cartoon students at Acme Loonuniversity. Then in 1996, the Looney Tunes' pairing with basketball champion Michael Jordan in the film Space Jam was greeted with a huge audience success.

Despite the endless series of characters that appeared in Looney Tunes, only on a couple of occasions did Warner Bros. use characters that were not created in its Studios, where a group of animators with an inexhaustible imagination have succeeded in the feat. to create a new mythology for the 21st century from scratch.

Currently all Looney Tunes have residences in the Boomerang house,
Via SKY (channel) n. 608.


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