Wayback Machine: Warner Brothers Cartoons

Michigan & State Theaters - Warner Brothers Cartoons

If you are of a certain age, you likey know one or all of these classic cartoon characters. While most of us were introduced to these cartoons on our televisons. The majority of the cartoons, apperared in theaters as animated shorts, often shown before the feature film.

The time between 1928 and 1963 was considered the Golden Age of American Animation. Companies like Hanna Barbera ( Tom and Jerry), Max Fleischer (Betty Boop), Walter Lanz (Woody Woodpecker), TerryToons (Mighty Mouse) Walt Disney (Mickey Mouse) and Jay Ward(Rocky and Bullwinkle). I believe the best of animation houses was at Warner Brothers.

Warner Brothers Cartoons, and its characters are some of the most famous and recognized in the world. Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam and Bugs Bunny. Warner Bros Cartoon division was founded in 1933.

The division had the best of the best, animators like Friz Freleng, Tex Avery, Chuck Jones were just a few of the top animators and considered major figures in the history of animation. Every rich frame was done by hand. The rich orchestrations was composed for each cartoon.

Mel ( the man of a thousand voices)Blanc was the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Barney Rubble of the Flintstones, Woody Woodpecker and other voices.

By the 1960’s, more people were watching Television than going to the movies. With the new cartoons develop for TV, budgets were slashed,resulting in a limited animation style. By 1969, Warner Brothers Cartoon Division closed due to the rising costs and declining returns of short subject production.The building where the magic happened, nicknamed Termite Terrace was torn down.

In 1980, Warner Bros Animation opened its doors to produce compilation films and television specials starring the Looney Tunes characters. It has developed d shows based upon comic book characters owned by sister company  DC Comics.

Today, there is a demand for the art from the Golden Days. Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes is still on TV all over the world. There are many documentaries about Warner Brothers Termite Terrace online.

Someone once said “Funny is Funny

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