Monday, April 12, 2010

Tuesday Trivia Tie-in #8 -- Looney Tunes - What's Up Doc?

Welcome to Tuesday Trivia Tie-in. Each Tuesday readers are invited to share a blog post about one of their collection and a bit of related trivia.

This feature was inspired by a great deal I got on an entire rack of ties at an indoor flea market. Added to the ties I already had, I realized I had quite a collection of neat ties. So I started this blog party to show off my collection.

I'd like to invite you all to join. Just a reminder, you don't have to show a tie. Everyone is invited to link up and show off one of your treasures: your pictures, your flowers, your pets, your kids, your parole officer,or anything else that you want to show off, and tell us some interesting information related to it.

My posts will always be about one of my ties, but your posts can be about anything. The point is to share something you have that you want to show off, and add a little background information.

This week I will also be joining some other fun parties:

Color Carnival,
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm,
and 2nd Time Around at A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words.
Please check out those fun parties for lots of colorful, thrifty and repurposed posts!

Last week, I gave a sneak preview of some of my Looney Tune Ties. I have a bunch of them, probably because someone who lives with me thinks I'm such a loon. I have more Looney Tune ties than any other single theme or genre.

My tie this week shows one of the best known Looney Tune Character, Bugs Bunny.

This tie was made by Balancine Inc, with the trademark and copyrights held by Warner Brothers.

It is a flea market find, one of my 28 cent bargain ties, and features Bugs in a variety of multicolored poses and from all angles:

Looney Tunes, was Warner Brother's first animated theatrical series, and ran in many movie theaters, from 1929 until 1970. The characters also became knows as Looney Tunes, often seen as "Looney Toons" a reference to the fact that they were cartoon characters.

Originally Looney Tunes was a series of short cartoon features, set to the songs owned by Warner brothers, and was designed to showcase that music. It was, in essence nothing more than an advertisement for a song. A parody of sorts, of the Disney music based cartoons Silly Symphonies which were popular at the time.

The original Looney Tune was Bosko.

Created by Hugh Harman and Rudy Ising in 1927, Bosko was unsuccessfully marketed to both Disney and Universal before finding his home at Warner Bros in 1929.
Bosko was the first animated character to have synchronised dialogue rather than just music, and revolutionized the cartoon industry.

Leon Schlesinger had originally produced the Looney Tunes cartoons, and sold them to Warner Brothers, but he sold his studio to them in 1944.

Thus began the interesting chain of ownership of Looney Tunes.

Warner Bros. has sold Looney Tunes Multiple times since then, but somehow always managed to then buy or merge with the company that owned them, so that Looney Tunes is owned by Time Warner to this day. (Technically owned by Ted Turner's Turner Broadcasting System, which merged with WB in 1996).

Over the years, and especially in the early years, Looney Tunes cartoons were filled with racial and ethnic slurs and stereotypes. At one time or another, African-Americans, Jews, Native American, Asian, Germans and Hispanics have all been portrayed in very negative ways in the cartoons. For a while many of the cartoons were withdrawn from cirulation, but in the early 2000's A number of them were released with the following disclaimer at the beginning, read by Whoopi Goldberg.

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.S society. These depictions were wrong then and they are wrong today. While the following does not represent the Warner Bros. view of today's society, these cartoons are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming that these prejudices never existed.

Perhaps that is why, with the exception of a few appearances in such movies as Space Jam, the Toons are largely retired, and we have to watch them on reruns.

I myself have always seen the characters as loopy, laughable, loveable and downright looney. From Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck, to Bugs Bunny, or Foghorn Leghorn. From Sylvester and Tweety to Porky and Petunia, the Toons have always represented a lighter happier sillier side of life.

So I have to be very careful with this tie. I don't want to get any updock on it.

That's All Folks!

Ok, Now it's your turn. Enter your link below. Make sure you link to your post and not just your main blog.

Be sure and join me each Tuesday for Tuesday Trivia Tie-in, where readers are invited to share trivia and show off their treasures.

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  1. I remember watching Loony Toons when I was young. Great info about them. Thanks Troy and oh yeah...cute tie!

  2. You? A Looney Tune? Nawwwwww.....okay....yes you are a major Loon! :)