Propelled by the creative genius of Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and Friz Freleng, Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes introduced the world to some of the greatest cartoon characters to ever grace the animated cel: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Speedy Gonzalez, Pepe LePew, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Tweety, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, Tasmanian Devil, and many more.
This release includes the first six volumes in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection.
Animated cartoons and World War II...
World War II changed the possibilities for animation. Prior to the war, animation was seen as a form of childish entertainment. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a turning point in its utility.
On December 8, 1941, the US Army began working with Walt Disney at his studio, stationing Army personnel there for the duration of the war. The Army and Disney set about making various types of films for several different audiences. Most films meant for the public included some type of propaganda, while films for the troops included training and education about a given topic.
Films intended for the public were often meant to build morale. They allowed Americans to release their anger and frustration through ridicule and crude humor. Many films simply reflected the war culture and were pure entertainment. Others carried strong messages meant to arouse public involvement or set a public mood.
Animated cartoons allowed the government to spread their message in a much more entertaining manner, especially when it came to War Bond drives.
Related Scanning WWII links...
- 27 Jul 40: Bugs Bunny makes his screen debut
- 01 Jan 43: Disney releases "Der Fuehrer's Face"
- 20 May 44: Merrie Melodies releases "Russian Rhapsody"
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