Category Archives: Animation History

The Last Days of “Looney Tunes”
Animation History
March 9, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

The Last Days of “Looney Tunes”

It was an odd, confusing time for Hollywood studio theatrical cartoon shorts in the 1960s. The world had completely changed and though the traditional animated short (popular with movie goers…

Crispy Critters
Animation History
March 5, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Crispy Critters

Linus the Lionhearted is the most-famous of all the totally forgotten animated Saturday morning cartoons shows of the 1960s. It was the first of a potential onslaught of “half-hour commercials”-…

MGM’s “The Old Mill Pond”
Animation History
March 3, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

MGM’s “The Old Mill Pond”

Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising were Walt Disney’s most dogged competitors – friendly competitors to be sure, but they spent much of their time in the 1930s not only trying…

“Hungarian Goulash” (1930)
Animation History
March 2, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

“Hungarian Goulash” (1930)

Today, from animation archivist Steve Stanchfield’s secret stash, an exclusive rarity. For years, Paul Terry’s Terrytoons have been off the air and unavailable for any to see. For decades before…

8mm Looney Tunes
Animation History
March 1, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

8mm Looney Tunes

In a quick follow-up to my post on AAP last week, lets take a look how AAP, later United Artists (UA), exploited the pre-1948 Warner Bros. cartoons library to the…

Warner Cartoon Postcards
Animation History
February 28, 2013 posted by Jerry Beck

Warner Cartoon Postcards

I got a lot of positive response to my post about The Bugs Bunny Show last week – including this postcard from reader DJ Anderson. The image above is a…

The Origin of Foghorn Leghorn
Animation History
February 22, 2013 posted by Keith Scott

The Origin of Foghorn Leghorn

I would like to clear up the origins of one of the most beloved stars in Looney Tunes history, Foghorn Leghorn. In late 1944, story man Warren Foster came up…