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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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