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On this page I will attempt to answer various questions and share facts about or relating to Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies that readers send in or that I think might be of interest to them. If it's not covered on this page, you might find it if you visit the old version, now the archive. If not, feel free to ask, just send an email to matthew.hunter@toonzone.net and I will post it here. Let me know if you want your name posted or wish to remain anonymous. Don't be afraid to ask even the most basic question, because it will answer that question for others as well.


3/29/04: Here's another batch of questions from my email box that I think readers would find helpful:-

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 I was searching for the crazy  eyed weasel from(I believe)the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons. Any idea what his name is or where I could find an image of him? Thanks a bunch! > Jody Nicosia 

He didn't have a name that I know of. He was in 3 cartoons:  "Weasel Stop", "Weasel While You Work" and "Plop Goes The Weasel". Here's a picture of him, from "Weasel while You work":

 

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What was the name of the Warner brothers cartoon with the two mice who
were sick of cheese so they attempt suicide by cat.  The cat is
thoroughly upset by this, and finding himself turned off of mice,
attempts suicide by dog.  The dog is extremely disturbed by this and
(after trying to figure it out with an adding machine) with a cry of "It
don't add up!" runs for the dog catcher, begging to be put away.
 
Thank you
Tony L
The cartoon is Chuck Jones' "Cheese Chasers" (1951), featuring Hubie and Bertie.

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I've been looking for the name of Speedy Gonzales's Girlfriend. Would you happen to have any info? And last but not least, would you happen to know where I can get any pictures of her? Any help would be appreciated. Keep up the good work!! -Daniel

Speedy never really had a "girlfriend". He was very popular with the senoritas, though. The other mice were often jealous of his being "in love with everybody's seester". There is also evidence that he had a girl named "Rosita", as he calls a girl on the phone by that name in the 1960's cartoon "Daffy Rents", and the name was used in the rather obscure Pat Boone song "Speedy Gonzales". The song used Mel Blanc, the voice of Speedy, and explores the idea of Speedy as a drunken womanizer...totally out of character for the cartoons. But essentially, Speedy never had a consistent girlfriend. The cartoon "Cannery Woe" (1961) has an ending in which Speedy is rewarded for his good deeds by the mayor of a town of mice, by being made the "chick inspector" for a cheese banquet. Various other cartoons featured female mice with an interest in Speedy, but none of them were recurring characters.

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 Matthew:
Great site - I have been searching for a cartoon that I think is Looney Tunes - it has a kid in it who's always daydreaming - I thought it was thesame kid who wanted to be the roadrunner in another short - any idea what I'm talking about?  thanks for your help._ Penny Platte

Wow...somehow I completely missed your message earlier. The character was ralph Phillips, and yes, that is him in "Zip Zip Hooray" (1962). He is thought to be based on his director, Chuck Jones, as a child. Ralph also appeared "From A To ZZZ"(1954)and "Boyhood Daze"(1957), plus two rarely seen 1950's Army promotional cartoons, "Drafty Isnt It?" and "90 Day Wondering".
-Matthew


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 I have a buddy who doesn't believe me about the horrible stereotypes that
> warner bros did with African Americans in the 30's and 40's. There is a
> African character that hunts bugs bunny, can you give me his name and
> filmography ?


The character was a one-shot foe for Bugs in Tex Avery's "All This and Rabbit Stew" (1941). Of course, Warner Bros. and virtually all other cartoon studios featured black stereotypes in many cartoons. Thing is, they had stereotypes of just about everyone else, ranging from positive to genuinely offensive. "Sambo", as this character was later called, also appeared briefly in the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies comic books of the day, and unfortunately he was not toned down much. It's a shame, the cartoon is rarely seen because of this, and was banned from TV in the 60's for fear of offending African American protest groups. For more on it and the rest of the "Censored Eleven", see here:

http://looney.toonzone.net/ltcuts/ltcuts11.html

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11/2/03: All year long, I have collected questions from my e-mail box that warranted posting here, and I will now, to the best of my ability, attempt to answer them for readers of this page. Nearly all have been answered privately, and if this is the first time YOUR question has been answered, I apologize. 

First up: "Were the Warner Brothers animators always credited for their work?"

No. In fact, many animators, writers, musicians, voice actors, and even directors went uncredited all the time. To make matters worse, many of the credits that were given have not been seen by the public since their original theater run, because of a nasty policy of reissuing the cartoons to theaters and for some reason obscuring the credits with a new "Blue Ribbon" title card. Black and white cartoons never received the credit chopping treatment, thankfully, as only color cartoons were reissued. Still, whether they are seen today or not, credit sequences did exist for nearly all cartoons, and they were woefully incomplete. For example, Bea Benaderet created most of the female voices in the 1950's, and yet Mel Blanc, with an exclusive voice contract for the studio, was the only one credited. Arthur Q. Bryan nearly always voiced Elmer Fudd, but he was not once credited. Bill Scott, who later co-created Bullwinkle and Rocky with Jay Ward for television, worked as a gag writer for Warner early in his career, in the Arthur Davis unit. No credit is known to exist for him either. Those credited, at least under "animation", were generally the head animators of a crew of dozens. It was arbitrary which ones got credit for any particular film.

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Matthew, I have searched so many sites and I can not find any decent information or pictures on Bookworm. Do you know if he had another name? I remember the toon he did with Sniffles, I think that one was 1939. Maybe you can find a picture I would love to see one, he was my favorite character and I only saw him a couple of times.

The Bookworm starred in several Sniffles cartoons in the late 1930s and early 1940's. He, like Sniffles, was one of director Chuck Jones' first characters.  I can give you his complete filmography. He was simply known as The Bookworm.:

"Sniffles And The Bookworm"(1939)

"The Egg Collector"(1940)

"Toy Trouble"(1941)

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I'm very curious to find pictures of the wolf that chases Bugs Bunny Then Bugs asks him "What are you Chasing?" and he says "Ah Ya ya looking for something, was it a squirrel, no no no, a possum, no no, a zeebra " etc.... I couldn't find him in your pics, and I dont know how else to explain the character, maybe you could help?

Yup. The name is Charles M. Wolf, and the cartoon was Friz Freleng's "Hare-less Wolf" (1958).

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I am looking for a picture of a cartoon vulture, he was so funny, really stupid, he used to say "Nope, nope, nope". Does that ring a bell with you?

Sure, and it rings a bell in my e-mail box all the time too! :) That vulture is Beaky Buzzard, and he appeared in four cartoons:

"Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid"(1942)

"The Bashful Buzzard"(1945)

"Strife With Father"(1950)

"The Lion's Busy"(1950)

Beaky only appeared in these cartoons, yet he was treated as a major star by the Leon Schlesinger/Warner cartoon studio in the 1940's and 1950's, and had a large presence in the Dell Looney Tunes comic book series.

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Hi. I was searching the internet for a cartoon character. I think he was a looney tune character, but I don't know his name. I believe he originally came out in 1936. It's a little owl that sings "I love to singa..." I don't know if you can help me find anything on this character, but I would appreciate your help. I would like to get my hands on a copy of the cartoon clip, if that's possible. Anyway, I thought you could help. Thanks in advance for your help. 

Yes, that's Tex Avery's Owl Jolson, from the 1936 cartoon "I Love To Singa". He never appeared again.

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My mom is always talking about an old Warner Brothers cartoon she saw that featured a little baby duck that was so depressed, he put himself between two slices of bread and went looking for someone to eat him. Can you tell me the name of the cartoon? Is it on any VHS collections?

That was "Life With Feathers" (1945). It was the first appearance of Sylvester, and the bird that kept trying to feed himself to the lisping cat was a lovebird, not a duck. It is available on a set of vhs and laserdisc collections called "Golden Age Of Looney Tunes", but the series is unfortunately out of print and quite hard to find.

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I raised my three kids on Bugs Bunny cartoons. BB was the highlight of our week. We spent EVERY Saturday watching BB and eating choc chip cookie dough! One of our favorites was a boy that mistreated his dog, and was changed into a dog and cared for by a mean little girl! Turns out he was just dreaming. I want to find that cartoon for my granddaughter! Also, a Road Runner cartoon with two kids watching RR on TV and one saying he wanted to grow up to be Road Runner - Beep, beep, zip, BANG! Where can I look for these and other old favorites without knowing the name of the skit?

Well, the first one you are referring to is "A Waggily Tale"(1958), directed by Friz Freleng. The other is "Zip Zip Hooray", a cartoon created for television from a 1962 theatrical special called "The Adventures Of The Road Runner". Unfortunately, both of these great cartoons are currently unavailable on video. your best chance to see them is on the Cartoon Network.

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1/28/02 : It's been a while, but I got a batch of recent questions that I thought warranted posting:

Chayly asks:

"I really hope you can tell me the answer to this one.........  What episode was it that the Bulldog fell in love with a little kitten, and carried it around on his back?  The human mother, at one point, is making cookies and the bulldog thinks the kitten has been cooked, and he starts to carry around a kitten-shaped cookie......Please please tell me what episode, and where I can find it?"

_----That one is easier than most questions I get, actually. And unlike
almost all the shorts these days, you can actually buy it on
video...DVD yet, one of only three WB cartoons out on DVD at this
point. It's called "Feed the Kitty" with Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot. It
was the first of four in the series, the others were "Kiss Me
Cat", "Feline Frame Up" (my personal favorite Looney Tune)
and "Cat Feud".

Your best bet to find it is on amazon.com...it's on an excellent DVD
documentary about Chuck Jones, creator of this cartoon and director of
some of the best Looney Tunes ever done. it's called "Chuck Jones:
Extremes and Inbetweens-A Life In Animation". "Feed the Kitty" is a
bonus on it, as well as "Duck Dodgers in the 24-1/2th Century", the Daffy Duck sci-fi classic.

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Paul Kerchief asks:

"Hi Matthew,
My friends and I are trying to figure out what the E. stands for in Wile E. Coyote's
name? Also, Did the chickenhawk ever have a second name in the cartoons other than,
Chickenhawk?"

 

__--Wile E. Coyote is a pun...a take on the word "wily", which means
tricky, or cunning. Naming him "Wile E. Coyote" just seemed like a
clever way to call him wily. There was never a full middle name given
for him, although in the cartoon where the name was introduced, "Operation: Rabbit", he shows and reads his business card to Bugs Bunny. It reads: "Wile E. Coyote, Genius".

As for the chickenhawk, he sure did have a name: Henery Hawk...it's
even in the title of one film, "Hen House Henery". "I'm gonna catch me
a chicken today or my name ain't Henery Hawk!" he tells us in one
cartoon. Henery Hawk was used almost exclusively in the Robert McKimson-
directed Foghorn series, but he did have 2 non-Foghorn cartoons, both
directed by the guy who supposedly created him but used him the
least...Chuck Jones. In "You Were Never Duckier", Chuck Jones uses him
against Daffy Duck, who tries to win a prize by disguising himself as a
rooster for a chicken stock show.

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10/8/02: Here's a question I am asked often, only the character varies. It's the name and number of cartoons they starred in. In answer to the most recent, here is the complete listing of all 47 (count them) Speedy Gonzales cartoons, by year released theatrically:

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1953: 
Cat Tails For Two
1955: 
Speedy Gonzales
1957:
Tabasco Road
Gonzales' Tamales
1958:
Tortilla Flaps
1959:
Mexicali Shmoes
Here Today, Gone Tamale
1960:
West of the Pesos
1961:
Cannery Woe
The Pied Piper Guadalupe
1962:
Mexican Boarders
1963:
Mexican Cat Dance
1964:
A Message to Gracias
Nuts and Volts
Pancho's Hideaway
Road to Andalay
1965:
It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the House
Cats and Bruises
The Wild Chase
Moby Duck
Assault and Peppered
Well Worn Daffy
Chili Corn Corny
Go Go Amigo
1966:
The Astroduck
Muchos Locos
Mexican Mouse-Piece
Daffy Rents
A-Haunting We Will Go
Snow Excuse
A Squeak in the Deep
Feather Finger
Swing Ding Amigo
A Taste of Catnip
1967:
Daffy's Diner
Quacker Tracker
The Music Mice-Tro
The Spy Swatter
Speedy Ghost to Town
Rodent to Stardom
Go Away Stowaway
Fiesta Fiasco
1968
Skyscraper Caper
1980:
The Chocolate Chase


10/3/02: Today:

Matt,

What is the name of the cartoon where they pour gravy down the dog's throat.  They say this time we didn't forget the gravy!  Where could I buy it etc.  I believe it is Loony tunes! It is the best cartoon ever

Thanks,

John

That's Chuck Jones' "Chow hound", from 1951. A big dog uses a cat and mouse as his slaves to trick various people into giving him a steak. It's one of the darkest cartoons Chuck Jones ever directed, almost disturbing as it is funny. One of his great "animal" cartoons, ranking up there with Frisky Puppy, Claude Cat, Marc anthony and Pussyfoot, etc.


9/27/02: today:

Dear Matthew Hunter,
Hello! I have a question for you to put on your 'Looney Tunes Trivia and FAQ' page:

Will Warner Bros. start making theatrical shorts again like they used to? I know that they are making 12 of them right now, but do you know if they will continue just like the did back in the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s?

As far as I know, those 12 are the only ones I'm sure of. And just because Warner Bros. says it will do something rarely means it will...Chuck Jones Film Productions had a ten-year contract in the 1990's, but around 1997 the thing folded after only a few cartoons, most of which never got released. These new cartoons that are being done now are rumored to be farmed out mostly to overseas animators, since that method is supposed to be cheaper. Unfortunately, this alone can make for a mixed bag of quality, because not only does it take away American jobs and the director's constant supervision, but also may or may not send the work to a group of animators unfamiliar with the characters. There is also a series of "Duck Dodgers" cartoons planned for Cartoon Network that is rumored to be pretty good, and the www.looneytunes.com cartoons are still running. 


9/27/02: Hi Matthew,

I have a question I have been trying to find an answer to for some time
now. Perhaps you could assist?

I am trying to get a copy of the Road Runner cartoon in which Coyote straps
on the ACME "Butt-Kicking" Machine. It is like a backpack that he puts on
and it had a cord which hung in front of him which was attached through a
set of levers to a boot which kicked him in the behind when he pulled the
cord. Problem is... I don't know the name of the particular cartoon. Any
ideas??

Kind regards,
Shon
Sharron O'Neill

Sharron: I cannot say I have ever seen this gag before. It sounds funny, but none of the Road Runner cartoons proper ever had this gag. I wouldn't be surprised if it appeared in a comic book, commercial, or other miscellaneous Wile E. Coyote appearance somewhere along the line. 


9/24/02: Ah, here's one:

 "I have been searching the internet for about three weeks now trying to find the answer to this question that is now REALLY starting to annoy me. What is the name of the pretty kitty Pepe Le Pew always chases? It's driving me nuts! (Not the ugly cat but the pretty kitty with the big pretty eyes)
Thanks,
Christie"

Well Christie, that's a good question. While Pepe Le Pew has chased just about anything that looks like a skunk (He has chased a male cat, a chihuahua, a wildcat, etc.) as well as the cat, who has been referred to as Penelope, Fifi, Fabrette, Felice, and often remains nameless. But the commonly accepted name, and the one used for marketing, is Penelope Cat.

 


9/23/02: Let's start off with a question that a number of people ask, just to get it out of the way. It's kind of a long story, so I've given it its own page. Check out the story of the DePatie/Freleng Road Runner cartoons.