Theatrical animated shorts went dormant until , when new shorts were made to introduce Looney Tunes to a new generation of audiences.
Schlesinger sold his interest in the cartoon studio in to Warner Bros. The shorts from this era can be identified by their different title sequence, featuring stylized limited animation and graphics on a black background and a new arrangement, by William Lava , of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down". The change in the introductory title cards was possibly to reflect the switch in the animation style of the shorts themselves. The Looney Tunes series' popularity was strengthened even more when the shorts began airing on network and syndicated television in the s, under various titles and formats.
However, the Looney Tunes shorts were edited, removing scenes of violence particularly suicidal gags and scenes of characters doing dangerous stunts that impressionable viewers could easily imitate , racial and ethnic caricatures including stereotypical portrayals of African-Americans, Mexicans, Jews, Native Americans, Asians, and Germans as Nazis , and questionable vices such as smoking cigarettes, ingesting pills, and drinking alcohol.
Theatrical animated shorts went dormant until , when new shorts were made to introduce Looney Tunes to a new generation of audiences. New Looney Tunes shorts have been produced and released sporadically for theaters since then, usually as promotional tie-ins with various family movies produced by Warner Bros. While many of them have been released in limited releases theatrically for Academy Award consideration, only a few have gotten theatrical releases with movies.
In , the Looney Tunes characters made their way into the amusement business when they became the mascots for the two Marriott's Great America theme parks Gurnee and Santa Clara. After the Gurnee park was sold to Six Flags , they also claimed the rights to use the characters at the other Six Flags parks, which they continue to do presently. It is the only time in which Looney Tunes characters have shared screen time with their rivals at Disney producers of the film —particularly in the scenes where Bugs and Mickey Mouse are skydiving, and when Daffy and Donald Duck are performing their "Dueling Pianos" sequence.
In , Nickelodeon aired all the unaired cartoons in a show called Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon until To date, Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon is the longest-airing animated series on the network that was not a Nicktoon.
In , Space Jam , a feature film mixing animation and live-action, was released to theaters starring Bugs Bunny and basketball player Michael Jordan. In , Bugs Bunny was featured on a U.
The gang also made frequent cameos in the spinoff series Tiny Toon Adventures , from executive producer Steven Spielberg , where they played teachers and mentors to a younger generation of cartoon characters Plucky Duck , Hamton J. Pig , Babs and Buster Bunny , etc. Immediately prior to this decision, Looney Tunes shorts were airing on several networks at once: The latter two had been particularly long-running series, and the Warner Bros. In , another feature film was released, this time in an attempt to recapture the spirit of the original shorts: Although the film wasn't financially successful,  it was met with relatively positive reviews from film critics and has been argued by animation historians and fans as the finest original feature-length appearance for the cartoon characters.
Coming from Warner Bros. Animation and producer Sam Register , the concept revolves around Bugs and Daffy leaving the woods and moving to the suburbs with "colorful neighbors" including Sylvester, Tweety, Granny, Yosemite Sam, etc. The series introduced the character Tina Russo , a duck who becomes Daffy's girlfriend. The show also features 2-minute music videos titled respectfully "Merrie Melodies" as a tribute to the Looney Tunes sister shorts which features the characters singing original songs, as well as CGI animated shorts starring Wile E.
Coyote and the Road Runner which were removed after the first season. The series was cancelled after its second season.
Coyote and the Road Runner returned to the big screen in a series of 3-D shorts that preceded select Warner Bros. The Revenge of Kitty Galore , which was released on July 30, On June 8, , Warner Bros. Daffy Rhapsody instead premiered in , preceding Journey 2: In , several announcements were made about a new Looney Tunes reboot film, titled Acme, in development.
At the Cartoon Network upfront, Wabbit. A Looney Tunes Production was announced. Animation, and Peter Browngardt , creator of Uncle Grandpa , would serve as executive producers.
This continued until , when the final volume of the Golden Collection was released. There have been numerous complaints regarding the "Super Stars" releases however, particularly the first two, having the post shorts in a Marsupial Mayhem ", released on April 23, In , the shorts were released on Blu-ray Disc for the first time with the " Looney Tunes Platinum Collection " series.
Harman and Ising retained the rights to the Bosko characters when they left in , leaving their former producer Leon Schlesinger to start his own Warner Bros. With their retained Bosko rights Harman and Ising began making cartoons at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in , until they were fired in due to a lack of success. They proceeded to form their own studio to create MGM cartoons. Time Warner eventually acquired the Bosko characters from Harman and Ising's estates. Meanwhile, the Schlesinger studio continued to make popular cartoons until when Schlesinger sold his studio to Warner Bros.
Since then, Warner Bros. The rights to individual cartoons however are in other hands. In , Warner Bros. These cartoons were distributed by Guild Films until it went bankrupt and was bought by Seven Arts.
In , Associated Artists Productions a. Unlike the sale to Sunset Productions, a. He also acquired the rights to the a.
Starting in , the cartoons were repackaged into several different TV programs that remained popular for several decades before being purchased by Turner Broadcasting System.
Animation for the network, was broadcast from  to The show featured shorts from the original Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon series.
As of , the classic cartoons are currently airing on Cartoon Network's sister channel, Boomerang. Five dozen Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts from before December have lapsed into the public domain and are thus freely distributed through various unofficial releases.
Many of these public domain cartoons on unofficial releases are of poor video and audio quality. A handful of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts are no longer aired on American television, nor are they available for sale by Warner Bros. In , all Speedy Gonzales cartoons were removed from airing on Cartoon Network because of their alleged stereotyping of Mexicans. In addition to these notorious cartoons, many Warner Bros.
The release of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3 includes a disclaimer at the beginning of each DVD in the volume given by Whoopi Goldberg which explains that the cartoons are products of their time and contain racial and ethnic stereotypes that "were wrong then and they are wrong today", but the cartoons are presented on the DVD uncut and uncensored because "editing them would be the same as denying that the stereotypes existed.
The cartoons you are about to see are products of their time. They may depict some of the ethnic and racial prejudices that were commonplace in the U. These depictions were wrong then and they are wrong today. While the following does not represent the Warner Bros. Plus various one-shots, specials and appearances in anthology comics like March of Comics , Top Comics and Dell Giant from various Western Publishing imprints. The numbering of the Dell issues generally includes appearances in Dell's Four Color comics.
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