85 Years and Going Strong
I have a confession—I love cartoons. All sorts. From Disney princesses to classic shorts. Some of my favorites are the Looney Tunes. Their music was the soundtrack of my childhood. And this year is the Looney Tunes 85th Anniversary.
Warner Brothers originally developed both Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies to promote their music. The company had recently acquired the Brunswick Records and four major music publishers and were ready to start cashing in on sheet music and phonograph records.
The first Looney Tunes short was Sinkin' in the Bathtub, which was released in 1930. It featured a character named Bosco. Porky Pig didn’t show up until 1935, Daffy Duck in 1937 and both Elmer Fudd, and Bugs Bunny in 1940.
In honor of this momentous occasion, I’ve included a few of my favorite bits. Do you love the Looney Tunes, too? Do you have a favorite cartoon or gag?