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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