Tag Archives: Merrie Melodies

Uncle Tom’s Bungalow (1937) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon

Uncle Tom's Bungalow

Uncle Tom's Bungalow

#CotD: One of WB’s notorious censored eleven, “Uncle Tom’s Bungalow” was based on a classic story by Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Uncle Tom’s Bungalow (1937) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon

Topsy and Little Eva buy Uncle Tom from Simon Legree’s Used Slave Co., but they can’t keep up the payments. Topsy and Eva do a color switch under Legree’s whip as Eliza saves the day.

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Bowery Bugs (1949) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon

Bowery Bugs

Bowery Bugs

#CotD: Art Davis directed only one Bugs Bunny cartoon, “Bowery Bugs” but man was it was a good one.

Bowery Bugs (1949) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon

Bugs’ story of why Steve Brody jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886. Brody is, at first, going to cut Bugs’ leg off for a rabbit’s foot to change his bad luck. Bugs convinces Brody to consult a fortune- telling swami (Bugs, of course), and a series of mishaps leads Brody to become so averted to rabbits that he jumps off the bridge!

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The Isle Of Pingo Pongo (1938) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo

#CotD: One of WB’s infamous Cenored Eleven, “The Isle Of Pingo Pongo” was the first of many Tex Avery Warner Bros. spot-gag-filled parodies of travelogues.

The Isle Of Pingo Pongo (1938) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

A travelogue which gets in all the usual sight gags (“Sandwich Islands,” “Canary Islands”), it turns downright mean-spirited when dealing with the natives. Ubangi-style lips are served as dinner plates, lips serve as trumpets. Fierce drummers do a riff on “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain When She Comes,” and a Fats Waller type contributes to a scat-style rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

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Hair-Raising Hare (1946) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Hair-Raising Hare

Hair-Raising Hare

#CotD: The orange, sneaker-wearing monster first appeared in “Hair-Raising Hare” but he was not yet called Gossamer.

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

A mad scientist needs specimens for his experiments. Lured to the scientist’s lair in a castle by a sexy mechanical rabbit, Bugs is hunted down through the dungeon by the big orange monster (so scary that it frightens its own mirror image away) who wants the bunny for dinner.

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Hyde And Go Tweet (1960) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Hyde And Go Tweet

Hyde And Go Tweet

#CotD: A looney take on the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale, “Hyde And Go Tweet” features Tweety and Sylvester in the title roles.

Hyde And Go Tweet (1960) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Sylvester is sleeping on the ledge outside the office of Dr. Jekyll (whom we see in his office drinking the potion which turns him into a monster). Sylvester wakes up and chases the birds off the ledge. Tweety flies by, and Sylvester chases him into Jekyll’s lab. Tweety hides in the Hyde formula, and he becomes a giant Tweety monster terrorizing Sylvester. When Tweety returns to normal, Sylvester resumes the chase, always being caught with Tweety in a tight situation when the little bird reverts to “Mr. Hyde” size.

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Early To Bet (1951) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Early To Bet

Early To Bet

#CotD: The very popular short “Early To Bet” is the only appearance of the Gambling Bug in a Merrie Melodies short.

Early To Bet (1951) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

The Gambling Bug bites a tall black cat, giving the tormented feline gambling fever. The cat keeps betting with a bulldog and loses, and the punishment is whatever is written on a spinning wheel.

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Tweetie Pie (1947) – Merrie Melodies Guide

Tweetie Pie

Tweetie Pie

#CotD: Sylvester was still called Thomas in “Tweetie Pie” the first WB short to win an Academy Award.

Tweetie Pie (1947) – Merrie Melodies Guide

Thomas the cat finds Tweety in the snow warming himself by a cigar butt. Thomas’s mistress rescues the little yellow bird before her cat can devour him, but Thomas doesn’t give up. He uses stacks of chairs and a Rube Goldberg setup to get at Tweety while trying not to get caught by the lady.

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The Wacky Wabbit (1942) – Merrie Melodies Guide

The Wacky Wabbit

The Wacky Wabbit

#CotD: Elmer alters the lyrics of “Oh Susanna” to contain the line “V for Victory” in “The Wacky Wabbit” Obviously a wartime short.

The Wacky Wabbit (1942) – Merrie Melodies Guide

Elmer is prospecting for gold and meets up with Bugs. Disguised in a steer skull, Bugs does a duet with Elmer, who is singing “Oh Susanna” with altered lyrics.

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Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips (1944) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips

Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips

CotD: Despite the strong racial overtones of the film, “Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips” has been released to home video, and was not even included in WB’s “Censored Eleven” cartoons.

Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips (1944) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Somewhere in the South Pacific, Bugs, floating in a crate, lands on an island filled with Japanese soldiers. His peace and quiet come to a halt when bombs start hitting the island. Bugs tangles with an angry soldier, then a sumo wrestler, and finally, hundreds more Japanese, whom he outwits in disguise as the “Good Rumor Man.” All finally ends up happy when Bugs finally runs into- of all things- a girl rabbit in a sarong.

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Apes Of Wrath (1959) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Apes Of Wrath

Apes Of Wrath

CotD: Due (once again!) to a drunk stork, Bugs ends up with the “Apes Of Wrath” as their somewhat dim child.

Apes Of Wrath (1959) – Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

The drunk stork loses his baby gorilla delivery, so he kidnaps Bugs and uses him as a replacement.Look for a surprise cameo at the end.

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