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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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Plans building for theatrical LEGO feature film

LEGO Movie

LEGO Movie

The first-ever full-length theatrical LEGO movie will open across the United States on February 28, 2014, it was announced Monday by Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Currently in production, the 3D computer-animated adventure will be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from their original screenplay, story by Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman, Lord and Miller, based on LEGO Construction Toys. It will incorporate some of the LEGO world’s most popular figures while introducing several new characters, inviting fans who have enjoyed the brand’s innovative toys and hugely popular video games for generations to experience their visually unique LEGO world as never seen before.

Lord and Miller previously teamed on the hit 21 Jump Street and the 2009 animated comedy adventure Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.

As yet untitled, the film will be produced by Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Roy Lee (How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed).

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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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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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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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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