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Cartoon for the Day: Boobs In The Woods

Boobs In The Woods

Boobs In The Woods

From 1950 we have this classic pairing of Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in Boobs In The Woods. This Looney Tune was directed by Robert McKimson and written by Warren Foster.

Porky sets out to the great outdoors to paint landscapes, but Daffy claims that the lake and mountains are his, and he refuses to let Porky paint them.

Songs include: “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down” (Cliff Friend, Dave Franklin), Performed by Daffy Duck.

Cartoon of the Day: Bosko In Dutch

Bosko In Dutch

Bosko In Dutch

An early Looney Tune, Bosko In Dutch is generally unremarkable in its story telling, animation or direction. However, the short is important because this was the first cartoon that one of the greatest cartoon directors ever supervised- albeit uncredited.

Bosko and Honey get in and out of trouble. Just like usual, only thins time in Holland. You can tell because every building has a windmill.

The last appearance of Goopy Geer (seen here in a cameo).

The first cartoon directed by Isador “Friz” Freleng (who was uncredited).

The song “Ach du lieber Augustine,” better known to school kids as “Hail to the Bus Driver Man,” is on the soundtrack.

Cartoon of the Day: Gorilla My Dreams

Cartoon of the Day: Gorilla My Dreams

Cartoon of the Day: Gorilla My Dreams

One of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons, Gorilla My Dreams was also one of director Robert McKimson’s finest. Known mainly for creating the Tasmanian Devil and Foghorn Leghorn, McKimson made a few classic Bugs films, too, including this one.

Bugs lands in “Bingzi-Bangzi, Land Of Ferocious Apes,” where a lady gorilla whose hubby hates kids takes him as her own.

Remade in 1959 as “Apes Of Wrath.

Gruesome Gorilla’s first appearance.

Cartoon of the Day: Dog Pounded

Dog Pounded

Dog Pounded

Isadore Freleng directed many great films, and paired two timeless characters so close they are now inseparable- Tweety and Sylvester. Dog Pounded is one of the later shorts, produced in 1954. It begins with the very familiar image of a starving Sylvester, rummaging through garbage cans for food…

Hungry Sylvester spots Tweety in his nest, which sits on a tree high atop the city dog pound, where numerous bulldogs reside. Sylvester makes different approaches, like hypnotizing the dogs and digging himself under the wall, always with the same result- beaten by the dogs.

Sylvester disguises himself as a dog, and the dogs burrow under the pound, having accurately anticipated that Sylvester will do the same! In the end, he paints a white stripe down his back to make the dogs think that he’s a skunk. This attracts Pepé Le Pew, who desires to make love with the poor ol’ puddy tat!

Pepé Le Pew makes a cameo at the end of this cartoon, the only time he appears in a Freleng directed short .

Very similar to “Ain’t She Tweet.”

This Looney Tune short was reissued as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodie cartoon.

Cartoon of the Day: Mexican Joyride

Mexican Joyride

Mexican Joyride

Released sixty-five years ago today, Daffy Duck took a Mexican Joyride down to Tijuana for a little bit of rest and relaxation. Directed by Art Davis, we can never resist picking a Davis cartoon for CotD, even up against Arthur And The Invisibles and Jet Fuel Formula, the very first episode of Rocky and His Friends.

Daffy Duck, singing “Gaucho Serenade,” drives down to Mexico for a vacation. After a burning experience with Mexican food, Daffy takes in the bullfights.

As if at a baseball game, Daffy heckles the bull (“He’s blind as a bat! Throw the phony out!”). The bull chases the duck around the arena. Daffy tries the “Good Neighbor Policy,” offering the bull a “Cigarette? Sparkling champagne? A little gin rummy, perhaps?” Daffy pulls a hat trick, betting the bull to guess what sombrero he’s hiding under. When the bull guesses wrong, he cries over losing his money. Daffy volunteers weapons to help him commit suicide.

The bull chases the duck with a machine gun into town, where the duck packs his bags and drives home, unaware that the bull is in the back seat.

Art once said that this cartoon was inspired by a weekend getaway he and some of the others had in Mexico. Must have been a fun trip! So show the love for Art Davis, and like this cartoon, or rate it on BCDB… where you can also watch it online!

Looney Tunes Movie Back In Action

Looney Tunes Movie Back In Action

Looney Tunes Movie Back In Action

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Yosemite Sam look to be back in action, or at least headed back to the big screen. Warner Bros. has announced that they plan to reboot the classic cartoon short characters into an as-yet untitled new hybrid live-action/CG film.

Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jenny Slate is already on board as writer for the new flick. Jeffrey Clifford, Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Dark Shadows writers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith are slated to produce the film.

No casting has yet been announced.

The classic Warner Bros. Looney Tunes (and Merrie Melodies) characters appeared in shorts from the studio from 1930 through 1968. During their initial theatrical run, the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series became the most popular of all theatrical series, exceeding even Disney in audience draw. Various revivals of the shorts have occurred since, including some well regarded CGI shorts over the last few years.

The characters have also made their way into two previous live-action/CG films, Space Jamwhich featured Michael Jordan, and the Brendan Fraser/Jenna Elfman film Looney Tunes: Back In Action.

Space Jam grossed $90 million domestically and $230 million worldwide, while the second film only made only $20 million domestically and $68 million worldwide.

Rabbit Fire (1951) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Rabbit Fire

Rabbit Fire

#CotD: The first of three cartoons in which Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck debate whether it is rabbit season or duck season was “Rabbit Fire” by Chuck Jones.

Rabbit Fire (1951) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Daffy leaves rabbit tracks to Bugs’ hole for Elmer to follow, and the debate over who is in season begins.

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Buccaneer Bunny (1948) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Buccaneer Bunny

Buccaneer Bunny

#CotD: The first cartoon to pit Bugs Bunny against Yosemite Sam as a pirate was “Buccaneer Bunny“.

Buccaneer Bunny (1948) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Yosemite Sam as a pirate makes the mistake of trying to bury his treasure chest in Bugs’ hole, and pays with the loss of his ship.

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High Diving Hare (1949) – Looney Tunes Series

High Diving Hare

High Diving Hare

CotD: Why does Yosemite Sam say “You notice I didn’t say Richard” so prominently in “High Diving Hare” ? Read our Production Notes to find out!

High Diving Hare (1949) – Looney Tunes Series

Bugs is barker for a carnival sideshow. When the high diver, Fearless Freep, doesn’t show up, his biggest fan Yosemite Sam makes Bugs take his place. Classic high diving gags abound as Sam keeps falling to his doom.

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Sinkin’ In The Bathtub (1930) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Sinkin' In The Bathtub

Sinkin' In The Bathtub

CotD: The very first Warner Brothers theatrical cartoon, “Sinkin’ In The Bathtub” also saw the screen appearance of Bosko and Honey.

Sinkin’ In The Bathtub (1930) – Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Bosko is taking a bath while humming “Singing in the Bathtub,” playing everything around him like a musical instrument. Even the bathtub gets up and dances. Bosko rides a stream of water out his window, and calls for his car.

While driving, Bosko plays “Tip-Toe Through the Tulips” on his harmonica, and picks up some flowers. He arrives at Honey’s house while she is bathing upstairs. Honey sees Bosko out of her bathroom window and quickly gets dressed.

Waiting outside, Bosko hides the flowers behind his back, but a goat eats them. Bosko begins to cry, but Honey calls out from her balcony: “Don’t cry Bosko! I still loves you!” Bosko feels better, and then kicks the goat in the behind. He takes some parts from his car and makes a saxophone out of them. Honey pours a tub of soapy water from her balcony into the sax, causing it to blow bubbles up into the air. Honey jumps off her balcony and dances on the bubbles, eventually making her way down to the ground, where she and Bosko play her front path like a xylophone.

The happy couple drives off in the car and smooch. Along the way a lazy cow that won’t budge blocks their path. After being spat on by the cow, Bosko decides to run it over. The car then hits a bump that sends Bosko flying out of the car, splitting him into eight miniature Bosko’s. He pulls himself together, and then helps push the car up a hill.

After reaching the top the car starts to speed downhill, with Bosko chasing after it. Bosko grabs a rope attached to the car, but he’s dragged over rocks and trees and ends up in front of the runaway automobile. The car goes off a cliff and lands in a pond. Bosko and Honey end up floating in their car-turned-bathtub, while Bosko cheerfully plays “Singing in the Bathtub” with reeds on the lily pads.

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