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WHAT IS THE NAME OF MIGHTY MOUSE'S GIRLFRIEND?

This is the most frequently asked question coming into this website! The answer: Pearl Pureheart.

IS TWEETY A BOY OR A GIRL?

A Boy. Tweety is a male canary.

WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL IS "GOOFY"?

Goofy is a dog. His original name was Dippy Dawg.

DO YOU KNOW IF THE 1936 WARNER BROS. CARTOON "I LOVE TO SINGA" (by Tex Avery), FEATURING OWL JOLSON SINGING THE TITLE SONG, IS AVAILABLE ON ANY TAPE COLLECTION?

It was only released about 12 years ago on an MGM/UA video tape (VHS) called "PORKY!". It's been out of print for a few years but you may be able to find it on eBay or for rent at an old video store. It was also released on VHS & Laser Disc on THE GOLDEN AGE OF LOONEY TUNES Vol. 1 (also from MGM/UA). Cartoon Network runs it occasionally on ACME HOUR, TOONHEADS or THE TEX AVERY SHOW.

WHAT WERE THE NAMES OF THE TWO MALE GOPHER CHARACTERS IN LOONEY TUNES WHO WERE ALWAYS POLITE TO EACH OTHER?

They were usually billed as "The Goofy Gophers". Later, on The Bugs Bunny Show (ABC, 1960) they were named "Mac & Tosh".

WHEN IS THE REVISED EDITION OF THE BECK & FRIEDWALD BOOK "LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES" COMING OUT?

The latest information on this project will be posted here. For now, the "revised edition" is on hold.
We cannot proceed without cooperation from Warner Bros. business affairs department. And while we have many friends at Warner Bros., in Animation and Worldwide Publishing in particular, who would like to see this book revised, the company is not pursuing any history-related projects at this time. Meanwhile, Will Friedwald and I are compiling corrections and information for a future edition, which will include much more on voices, music, and uncredited animators.

WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS TO OUR FAVORITE CLASSIC CARTOONS?

WALT DISNEY cartoons (Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, et al) are owned by The Walt Disney Co.
TERRYTOONS (Mighty Mouse, Heckle & Jeckle, et al) are owned by Viacom (Paramount). (video rights currently sub-licensed to Universal Home Video who have not released any tapes)
WALTER LANTZ CARTUNES (Woody Woodpecker, Chilly Willy, et al.) are owned by Universal Pictures
SCREEN GEMS / COLUMBIA cartoons (Scrappy, Fox & Crow, et al) are owned by Columbia Pictures
WARNER BROS. CARTOONS (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety, et al) are owned by Warner Bros.
UPA cartoons (theatrical 1950s Mr. Magoo, Gerald McBoing Boing, et al) are owned by Columbia Pictures.
UPA TV productions (Dick Tracy cartoons, Magoo Specials & TV cartoons, etc.) are owned by CLASSIC MEDIA LLP
MGM CARTOONS (Tom & Jerry, Tex Avery) are owned by Warner Bros.
DePATIE-FRELENG CARTOONS (Pink Panther, Ant & Aardvark, et al) are owned by MGM. (Also check this website by Joseph Adelman)
MAX FLEISCHER / FAMOUS STUDIOS / PARAMOUNT cartoons are divided all over the place. Here's the breakdown:
POPEYE CARTOONS are owned by Warner Bros. (Character owned by King Features/Hearst Entertainment)
SUPERMAN CARTOONS are owned by Warner Bros. (Although all are in public Domain).
FLEISCHER CARTOONS (includes Betty Boop, Screen Songs, KoKo The Clown (1927-1929), Animated Antics, Stone-Age and Color Classics) are owned by Republic Entertainment (a subsidiary of Viacom). Artisan Entertainment have sub-licensed the video rights.
FAMOUS STUDIOS (1942-1950) (including Noveltoons and Little Lulu) are owned by Republic Entertainment (a subsidiary of Viacom). Artisan Entertainment have sub-licensed the video rights.
FAMOUS STUDIOS (1950-1962) (includes Casper, Herman & Katnip, Noveltoons retitled as Harveytoons, etc) are owned by a company called CLASSIC MEDIA LLP.
PARAMOUNT CARTOONS (1962-1967) (includes Honey Halfwitch, Swifty & Shorty, Noveltoons, etc) are still owned by Paramount Pictures.

WHEN ARE WARNER BROS. CARTOONS GOING TO BE RELEASED ON DVD?

I'm literally not allowed to tell you.
Because I work freelance for Warner Bros. I am restricted in discussing my role and the projects I'm involved with. But I can say there are some plans for a DVD release in 2002. I will report news on this when I can.

WHY AREN'T THE POPEYE CARTOONS RELEASED ON VIDEO?

Warner Bros. (they own the films) and King Features (they own the character) are finally talking and may make a deal someday. In the meantime, I highly reccommend you watch (and tape) the new "Classic Popeye" Show on Cartoon Network, starting Oct. 28, 2001, entitled "I'M POPEYE" which will air Sunday night/Monday morning at 1:00am after COWBOY BEBOP (ADULT SWIM).

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CLASSIC CARTOONS?

I never really gave it much thought but just for the fun of it, off the top of my head, here are eight absolutes I never get tired of (in no particular order, click on each of the first 5 for more information):

COAL BLACK AND DE SEBBEN DWARFS

SUPERMAN (the first one)

SINKIN' IN THE BATHTUB

DER FUHRER'S FACE

Disney's DUMBO (the feature)

•RUSSIAN RHAPSODY

•BOOK REVUE

•SCRAP HAPPY DAFFY

I'd also like to have a tape with: Every Bob Clampett cartoon 1942-46 (and the TV Beany & Cecil's), a Famous Studios cartoon with the original titles (maybe a Baby Huey), a Fleischer Popeye (I can't decide which one!), a Fleischer Color Classic & Screen Song (from 1934-37), the John K. episodes of REN & STIMPY, and a Terrytoon with a great Jim Tyer animation sequence.
After jotting down this list, I'm surprised not to see any Silly Symphonies, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery, MGM Harman-Ising's and Tom & Jerry's listed. I love KING SIZE CANARY, for example, but I've seen it so many times. The cartoons above have really stood the test of time for me and I can watch them over and over again.

WHAT WERE THE TITLES AND PLOTS OF CARTOON NETWORK'S "SHORTIES"?


QUESTIONS YOU DIDN'T ASK!


miller
Original title to "PLANE DUMB"
A Lost VAN BEUREN Cartoon? Actually this cartoon isn't lost, but title was.
The original title card to the right was never seen on a release print. This Van Beuren cartoon was released as PLANE DUMB (6/25/32), a Tom & Jerry cartoon. Miller and Lyles were a a blackface vaudeville team. They obviously recorded the track, but something we've yet to discover happened and the title was replaced. The Tom & Jerry characters appear at the begining of the film, shown flying via plane to Africa. When they spot the country, they "go native". Suddenly their voices change (to the "Miller & Lyles" track) and crash the plane into the ocean. Tom & Jerry (in blackface) soon encounter sharks and cannibals.

Miller & Lyles buff Chris Lehman wrote in with this: "Miller and Lyles were Flournoy Miller (April 18, 1887--June 6, 1971) and Aubrey Lyles (1884--July 28, 1932). They were an African-American comedy team that performed and wrote shows from 1907 to 1928. They are often credited for originating dialogue like "I'se regusted!" and "Is you or is you ain't?"
I had no idea that Miller and Lyles had voiced a cartoon. They had probably already passed their prime by the time they made the film. They had worked together during the early twentieth century, broke up in the 1920s, and reunited briefly from late 1930 to late 1931. Most likely, they voiced the cartoon during their short reunion, since it was released in 1932. As to why "All Wet" became "Plane Dumb," I don't know. Thank you for putting the film on your webpage."
Thank you Chris. If anyone has any further information on Miller & Lyles, or the circumstances surrounding this obscure cartoon, please let us know!


STUFF I DON'T WANT TO FORGET (And have nowhere else to put)

Scott McQueen's "UNSEEN DISNEY" program, presented at the 2000 World Animation Celebration, was fantastic! The program included: 35mm home movies and "Lafflets" outakes featuring crystal clear images of the Disney Family, Hugh Harman and others;
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (1923) The first Disney cartoon, animated by Walt himself, and much cruder than any other early cartoon. That makes sense, as Disney was always improving upon his last effort;
ALICE GETS STUNG (1924) the last one to star Virginia Davis;
a wonderful live action animation sequence from SERVANT'S ENTRANCE (1934) starring Janet Gaynor in a nightmare where the silverware and other kitchen items put her on trial. Billy Bletcher as a bad egg, Pinto Colvig as a mustard pot;
MICKEY'S FIRE BRIGADE pencil test followed by finished color film;
DEFENSE AGAINST INVASION (1944) one of those films made to be shown in poor South American countries. Cool live action featuring a Doctor & Nurse explaining to group of boys (of mixed etnicity) how a vaccination works. In animation, red blood cels arm themselves against invader germ-bugs. It's a true forerunner to OSMOSIS JONES!
Then Buddy Ebsen taps dances in test footage for an Imagineering effort, PROJECT LITTLE MAN;
Next, a special movie montage narrated by Paul Frees and featuring Donald Duck made for the 1957 Academy Awards:
A delightful 1963 promotional film made for General Electric executives featuring Walt Disney and the Sherman brothers singing "It's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" and previewing "The Carousel Of Progress";
and ALL TOGETHER (1942) a bond-selling short featuring many Disney cartoon stars.


A LOST WARNER BROS. CARTOON: "An Ounce Of Prevention"

Thanks to the guys on the Termite Terrace Trading Post Message Board for alerting me to this 16mm print for sale on eBay. I recently received this 22 minute film, "An Ounce Of Prevention" and must add it to the WB cartoon miscellania unlisted in my book LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES.

"An Ounce of Prevention" is a public service safety film, made for the Shriners Burns Institute in Cincinnatti, Executive Produced by Noel Blanc and Blanc Communications in 1982. The film begins with Mel Blanc in a TV control booth, who introduces himself and his Looney Tune creations (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety and Sylvester) who are superimposed in cel animation. Mel shows us a film about Beth & Tommy, two cute live action kids who wake up one morning to find Bugs Bunny in the kitchen. Instead of showing them how to make Kool-Aid, Bugs warns them about touching hot pots on the stove, dangers of electric coffee makers and keeping cookie jars away from the stove.
Bugs diverts the kids to the garage where "Professor Sylvester" (in graduates cap) shows them his "Un-Cook Book" and magic glasses which will help prevent them from burning themselves from water heaters. He also shows the kids how to store gasoline.
Sylvester then directs the kids to the bathroom where his pal Tweety instructs the kids on how dangerous the bathroom can be (mainly scalding hot water in the tub). Daffy then greets the kids in their bedroom, where the duck (in a fireman's hat) gives them a quiz on how to be burn-proof (with smoke detectors and escape routes). This is the first half of the film.
Daffy then reports back to Mel & Bugs in the control booth, who next roll a film about a little girl, Jennifer, who scalds herself in the bathtub. This section, done in classic classroom-shock film style, is narrated by a terse announcer who takes us on a tour of the Shriners Burns Institute where we see doctors treat hideous leg burns on young children (to quote Bugs from 1942, "Gruesome, Isn't It?").
Some of this is done from first-person camera P.O.V., as doctors put "us" under anesthetic and then we watch the doctors remove "our" charred flesh! YECCCCHHH!!! We endure skin grafts and recovery room therapy with lots of burn-victim playmates. We finally return to Mel, wearing his cool Shriners fez, while holding little Jennifer in his lap (to quote Daffy from 1943, "What do you know? It was all a dream!").
The new animation was produced by Hal Geer and directed by Gerry Chiniquy. Someone named Patrick Baily produced and directecd the live action parts. Some of the animation bits were shown during the 1980s, in little one minute interstitials, on ABC Saturday morning.


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