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Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
Elmer Fudd Daffy Duck Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny Porky Pig

Merrie Melodies

Listen to the Looney Tunes end theme

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Posted by CJ at 6:25 pm (PDT) on Mon April 11, 2016   
Thanks for the reminder of the "Wrecking Crew", of which Earl Palmer was one the original members. They were the "go-to" musicians for many artists & producers.

Netflix had a great documentary about them (very informative) and it might still be available for streaming. Just do a search for "The wrecking Crew"
Posted by Bob Matthews at 7:45 am (PDT) on Mon April 11, 2016   
The drummer / percussionist for Warner Bros. cartoons was an unheralded unknown (to the general public) named Earl Palmer. This legend among musicians was a highly in-demand session drummer in the 1950's-60's. In his autobiography he says that of all the gigs he played, cartoon music was by far the most challenging. You could never relax because you couldn't anticipate anything! All the rhythmic change-ups, unpredictable stops, starts, accents, sound effects. The drummer did it all. Everything was written out and you were expected to sight-read it in one take! Nobody in that highly paid profession could survive if he wasn't a super excellent sight-reader (you never got a call-back).

Incidentally, Earl Palmer was the studio drummer on most of the pioneering rock and roll records we know and love: Shirley and Lee, Little Richard, Larry Williams, Fats Domino, etc., etc. That's him.
Posted by CJ at 4:05 pm (PDT) on Fri July 17, 2015   
Thank God for YouTube...My favorites are "Foghorn Leghorn" and "Sam and Ralph"!
Posted by dew54 at 9:46 am (PDT) on Fri April 12, 2013   
Posted by Kids TV Kid at 2:14 pm (PDT) on Tue April 9, 2013   
The humor was adult..but it was not vulgar or extremly
violent. It was risque' and surreal and topical..the humor
was made for a family audience.

I watched the "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies"
movie cartoons weekday afternoons on "The Sandy Becker
Morning Show" and on "The Sandy Becker Show" on WNEW TV
Ch.5 in NYC and on "The Looney Tunes Show" with Paul Tripp,
Herb Sheldon and Chubby Jackson on WOR TV Ch.9 in NYC.
From 1958 to 1968.
Posted by Scott T at 10:12 am (PST) on Tue November 6, 2012   
Bugs Bunny - Racketeer Rabbit - 1946 - YouTube.flv
Posted by Scott T at 9:48 am (PST) on Tue November 6, 2012   
"It's curtains for you Rocky, ya hear, curtains."
"No, no, Bugsy, don't do it. Don't do it."
"Here dey are"
"Awe, there adorable"
Posted by dtdavis2012 at 7:11 pm (PST) on Sun November 4, 2012   
Agreed, the cartoons were made for adults, but I guess it took the programmers years to realize that they weren't for kids. WB cartoons were smart, funny, and well-written. There's nothing to compare to them today. I'm glad to have grown up with them.
Posted by kluv42 at 3:46 pm (PST) on Sun November 4, 2012   
Greatest 'toons ever... Hilarious running jokes like ACME and Wile E... "ACME Superman suit, guaranteed for the life of the user!"
Posted by paktype at 12:47 pm (PDT) on Thu March 15, 2012   
Most of the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons (1940's - 1950's) were NOT written for children. They were shown as "cartoon shorts" that accompanied theatrical releases in movie theaters. That is why the humor is more adult-oriented than you would think.
Posted by Scott T at 11:50 am (PDT) on Fri July 8, 2011   
THE most adult (grown-up, not necessarily sexual, but some) oriented cartoons EVER. Shown every Saturday morning until banned by the current day P.C. authorities until after 10:00 P.M.

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