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Beauty And The Beast (1934) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast

CotD: Well before the Dis­ney car­toon of the same “Beauty And The Beast” was Warner Bros.’ sec­ond (and last!) Cine­color cartoon.

Beauty And The Beast (1934) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

A lit­tle girl is eat­ing too many snacks when she doesn’t real­ize that it is her bed­time. Then the Sand­man comes out of nowhere and, sure enough, the girl falls asleep in the blink of an eye. Just then, she has a dream that she is in Toy­land, where she encoun­ters all kinds of fairy tale characters.

They sing her a wel­come song and then meet a friendly toy sol­dier for the first time while march­ing in a Toy­land parade. Just then, they open a book called “Beauty and the Beast” and sing the title song from out of the pages, but as soon as they are about to get to the next page, a hor­ri­ble, mon­strous beast is about to take her captive.

Sure enough, it’s an all-out brawl between the girl and the beast. Even a toy air­plane can’t soothe the sav­age beast. When she real­izes that it’s all a bad dream, she gets scared and jumps back into bed, but when she cov­ers her­self with the blan­ket, the flap of her paja­mas hangs out when she goes back to sleep.

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Bedevilled Rabbit (1957) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Bedevilled Rabbit

Bedev­illed Rabbit

CotD: Robert McKimson’s most beloved char­ac­ter– Taz– takes on Bugs down under in “Bedev­illed Rab­bit” and guess who wins? Watch it now and see!

Bedev­illed Rab­bit (1957) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

Hid­den in a box of car­rots, Bugs lands in Tas­ma­nia, where he matches wits with the Tas­man­ian Devil.

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Super-Rabbit (1943) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Super-Rabbit

Super-Rabbit

CotD: An appar­ent par­ody of the Fleischer/Famous Stu­dios “Super­man” car­toons, “Super-Rabbit” is also rem­i­nis­cent of Super Mouse (later to become Mighty Mouse).

Super-Rabbit (1943) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

Look up there in the sky! It’s a bird… naw, it ain’t no bird. It’s Bugs Bunny, Super Rabbit!

We flash back to the ori­gin of Super Rab­bit, where a sci­en­tist named Pro­fes­sor Canafrazz for­ti­fies some car­rots, which Bugs eats, and now he can “leap tall build­ings, et cetera, etc etera…

Not­ing the news­pa­per story of Cot­ton­tail Smith, the noto­ri­ous Texas Rab­bit, Bugs ducks into a phone booth to change, and comes out in a Lit­tle Bo Peep out­fit. Then he changes to a blue super out­fit and takes off for Deep­ina­hata, Texas. There he assumes the dis­guise of a “mild-mannered for­est crea­ture” with glasses.

He hops along­side of Smith. Even­tu­ally, they’re both hop­ping, and Smith trades places with Bugs. Smith tries to shoot Bugs, but he ends up with a rab­bit shaped pile of bul­lets. He tries a can­non­ball, and Bugs uses it as a bas­ket­ball, turn­ing Smith and his horse into Bugs’ cheer­ing sec­tion! (Bricka Bracka Fire­cracka Sis-Boom-Bah!)

Smith and the horse chase Bugs in a plane till Bugs needs a recharge and drops the super car­rots, find­ing that Smith and the horse have eaten them. Uh-oh. Bugs’ adven­tures as Super-Rabbit end abruptly when he becomes a real Super­man– a U.S. Marine.

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Quackodile Tears (1962) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Quackodile Tears

Quack­odile Tears

CotD: Art Davis’ last Warner Bros. car­toon as a direc­tor, “Quack­odile Tears” is some­times erro­neously cred­ited to Friz Freleng.

Quack­odile Tears (1962) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Daffy’s wife tells him to watch their egg while she goes out. Daffy gets his egg mixed up with a croc­o­dile egg. He and the croc­o­dile fight over the egg. Daffy can­not win against wife nor beast.

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Dr. Devil And Mr. Hare (1964) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Dr. Devil And Mr. Hare

Dr. Devil And Mr. Hare

CotD: Taz’s final appear­ance in a clas­sic Warner Bros. car­toon short was in 1964’s “Dr. Devil And Mr. Hare.

Dr. Devil And Mr. Hare (1964) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bugs and the Tas­man­ian Devil bat­tle it out in a jun­gle hos­pi­tal, with Bugs con­vinc­ing Taz that he’s sicker than he thinks.

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Scent-imental Romeo (1951) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Scent-imental Romeo

Scent-imental Romeo

CotD: Pepé is always the incur­able roman­tic, espe­cially in “Scent-imental Romeo as he chases another poor cat with a white paint stripe down her back.

Scent-imental Romeo (1951) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Pepé chases a cat who has painted a white stripe down her back to fool the zookeeper.

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A Hare Grows In Manhattan (1947) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

A Hare Grows In Manhattan

A Hare Grows In Manhattan

CotD: Friz Freleng’s “A Hare Grows In Man­hat­tan” is renown for the tap-dancing Bugs sequence ani­mated by Vir­gil Ross.

A Hare Grows In Man­hat­tan (1947) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

While inter­viewer Lola Bev­erly vis­its Bugs’ Hol­ly­wood man­sion, the famous bunny pops out in sun­glasses and bathrobe. The story then trav­els back­wards to the streets of New York. Bugs tells a story of his youth (espe­cially his con­fronta­tion with a gang of dog toughs), and how he got his start in show busi­ness and became a star.

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A Hick A Slick And A Chick (1948) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

A Hick A Slick And A Chick (1948) - Merrie Melodies

A Hick A Slick And A Chick (1948) — Mer­rie Melodies

CotD: One of the forty or so Art Davis WB shorts, “A Hick A Slick And A Chick” was his per­sonal favorite.

A Hick A Slick And A Chick (1948) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Elmo (the Hick) gets all slicked up and arrives at his girl’s house in the city by hub­cap. He catches Blackie (the Slick) kiss­ing Daisy Lou (the Chick), and he starts a com­pe­ti­tion with Blackie for Daisy’s affection.

Elmo brings in a hand­ful of flow­ers; Blackie brings in a florist’s shop full. Elmo plays the jaw harp; Blackie plays a piano con­certo. Blackie then punches Elmo across the street. Blackie brings Daisy a mink coat, but Elmo says he’ll bring back ermine. Elmo acci­den­tally gets drunk, and spots a Sylvester-like cat called Herman.

They fight, and Elmo knocks him out. Elmo presents Daisy with an ermine coat, and Blackie won­ders where he got ermine. The cat says, “Don’t get nosey, Junior!” in a Jimmy Durante voice, and turns to show the coat-shaped cutout on his rear end. The car­toon irises out in a coat shape.

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Rocket Squad (1956) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Rocket Squad

Rocket Squad

CotD: March must be Daffy Duck month! We have another Daffy car­toon today with “Rocket Squad” which pairs the duck with Porky as they pro­tect the cos­mos from evil-doers.

Rocket Squad (1956) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Space cops Porky (Sgt. Joe Mon­day) and Daffy (Offi­cer Frank Tues­day) are assigned to track down the kid who blew the rings off Sat­urn, as well as the fly­ing saucer bandit.

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Robin Hood Daffy (1958) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Robin Hood Daffy

Robin Hood Daffy

CotD: Daffy steps up to cen­ter screen in “Robin Hood Daffy” as he once again tries to out-do Errol Flynn.

Robin Hood Daffy (1958) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

A clas­sic Chuck Jones com­edy, “which is to laugh!” Wanted posters scat­tered across Sher­wood For­est tell us that Daffy Duck is Robin Hood, but Porky Pig, as fat Friar Tuck, who would join up with Robin Hood and his band of jolly out­laws, isn’t so eas­ily con­vinced. When Porky comes across the klutzy Daffy, he can’t believe that he could pos­si­bly be Robin Hood. Daffy tries to set the record straight.

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