Classic Looney Tunes Return to Boomerang
The greatest franchise in theatrical animated shorts is returning to Boomerang this October, having last appeared on the 24-hour classic animation network in May 2007. Warner Bros. immortal Looney Tunes—featuring legendary icons Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Roadrunner & Wile E. Coyote and others—will begin airing as a one-hour block on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. (ET) starting Oct. 5.
“Looney Tunes still stand today as the most clever and entertaining theatrical shorts ever produced,” said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang. “We’re thrilled to bring them back to Boomerang on the weekends, offering true cartoon fans the opportunity to enjoy again these incredible shorts.”
Looney Tunes is a Warner Bros. series of animated short films produced from 1930 to 1969 during the golden age of American animation. Looney Tunes originally showcased Warner-owned musical compositions through the adventures of cartoon characters such as Bosko and Buddy. Later, the shorts introduced and made stars of popular characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Taz, Marvin the Martian, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Pepé Le Pew, and Speedy Gonzales. From 1942 into the 1960s, LOONEY TUNES were the most popular cartoon shorts in movie theaters, exceeding the works of Disney and other popular competitors, including Paramount/Famous Studios, Walter Lantz and MGM.
Since its success during the short film era of cartoons, Looney Tunes has become a worldwide media franchise, spawning several television series, feature films, comic books, music albums, video games, and amusement park rides. Many of the characters have made and continue to make cameo appearances in various other television shows, films, and advertisements. The most popular Looney Tunes character, Bugs Bunny, is regarded as a cultural icon and has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character. In 2013, TV Guide ranked Looney Tunes the third Greatest TV Cartoon of All Time.
Following are some of the first Looney Tunes shorts to appear on Boomerang this October:
Hillbilly Hare (1950), Saturday, Oct. 5 (TV-G)—Bugs Bunny is vacationing in the Ozarks and stumbles into the territory of two hillbilly brothers Curt and Punkin'head Martin. After having several of their hunting attempts foiled, Curt and Punkin'head Martin are determined to get revenge on Bugs for their humiliation. Bugs easily outsmarts them and eventually leads them into a violent square dance involving repeated slapstick comedy gags.
Tweet Dreams (1959) Saturday, Oct. 5 (TV-G)—Sylvester tells a psychiatrist of his frustration at not being able to catch Tweety, his repeated failures are illustrated through past escapades. Apparently, Sylvester's sob story puts the doctor to sleep, and upon the doctor's waking up, realizes he's got to fly (literally, by flapping his arms) to Detroit. Sylvester jumps out the window to fly after the psychiatrist.
Hip Hip-Hurry (1958) Saturday, Oct. 5 (TV-G)—The Road Runner zooms into view, labeled "Digoutius-unbelievablii", and then moves away to escape Wile E. Coyote, labeled "Eatius-slobbius.". The chase leads to a 3-way Y fork, leaving Coyote confused as to which way his enemy went. The bird answers for him by pulling up behind him and beeping, giving the coyote a real headache on the rocks above. After hitting the ground, Wile E. comes up with an idea or two on how to catch the Road Runner, involving outlandish schemes and various ACME products.