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Witches And Squash Demons

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again! Hallowe’en style, even!

We’ll start off the month with energetic, broom-flyin’, cackling sorceresses in shorts from WB and MGM. Then, as a bonus, we get a look at the horrific results of Linus’ relentless devotion to the Great Pumpkin.

The commentary audio on the Count Bloodcount cartoon was a goof on my part. But I left it in because I can’t be the only nerd who likes to listen to those tracks now and then. More from the OldHorseman.




Saturday Morning Champ

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

So, giving the SUPER FRIENDS a break, what was on the other channel during CHALLENGE OF THE-?

Same thing that had been on, in one form or another, since 1962. And a couple years in Prime Time before that. And which would be on network TV into the 21st Century, before going to cable, and most recently to broadcast digital subchannel MeTV.

THE BUGS BUNNY SHOW is like a slasher movie star. No matter how badly the censors mutilated the classic WB ‘toons, they still drew an audience. The wabbit headlined the First String collection of theatrical shorts, with Porky and others getting their own shows at times, featuring the strong Second String, while the lesser entries of the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies got syndicated for your local afternoon kiddie shows. Eventually, the second string shows merged with Bugs’… By 1978, we had the BUGS BUNNY / ROAD RUNNER SHOW that ran 90 minutes.

Our sample today isn’t that long. But it does spare you the commercials and is free of the killjoy censorship of ’70s TV! Featuring a collection of three Merrie Melodies shorts, including the Chuck Jones 1955 masterpiece, One Froggy Evening. More from the OldHorseman.




From The Memory Hole

Hey kids (of all ages), it’s Saturday Morning Cartoon time again!

Last week I featured Barney Bear, MGM’s first original cartoon star, created by Rudolph Ising. Of course, Ising and his partner Hugh Harman had been in the biz since the early silent era, working for Disney when young Walt was making Felix The Cat knockoffs in Kansas City, ultimately winding-up with him in California making Oswald the Lucky Rabbit pictures for Universal. Seeing how Walt lost Oswald to his distributors, Harman and Ising made sure to copyright their own character creation for themselves.

The character they created is of considerable importance to the history of American animation. But, due to the cancer of Political Correctness, has been downplayed and subjected to revision for decades. For, you see, Bosko was a little n*gger… Back in the 1980s I saw an early model sheet at a museum exhibit, and that’s exactly how he was identified on the page. (Minus the asterisk, which is for BitChute’s censors.)

A Negro caricature wasn’t considered offensive in the early 1930s, when people were too busy surviving the Depression to be a bunch of oversensitive snowflakes. Mickey Mouse and many other ‘toons were basically minstrel show blackface as well. But Bosko didn’t have the fig leaf of being a non-human in later years.

He was the first star of the LOONEY TUNES before Bugs, Daffy, or even Porky had been thought-of. When things went sour between Harman-Ising and the middle-man selling their shorts to Warner Bros., they were able to walk and take Bosko with them! They then used him in some of the HAPPY HARMONIES pictures they made for MGM distribution… Now with Bosko in color, for what little difference that made. His ’20s design didn’t benefit much from the added spectrum, and was becoming dated pretty quickly. So he got a major redesign…

And here’s where all the later apologists who claimed he was a “living inkblot” of no particular race, ethnicity, or even species fall on their faces. In ’35 Bosko got updated with far more realistic detail, and was undeniably a negro boy.

That redesign lasted just seven outings. But he got yet another over half a century later, when he and his girlfriend Honey made a comeback in an episode of TINY TOON ADVENTURES on TV. For that appearance, they retconned the couple into anthropomorphic animals of vague species.

Here are his first WB and MGM pictures, along with his 1935 MGM new look. More from the OldHorseman.




 

Elmer Fudd Loses Gun Rights

Legendary rabbit hunter Elmer Fudd has been stripped of his Second Amendment rights! You heard it correctly. The liberal, cowtowing moguls at Warner Bros. have genuflected to the radical lefties and mandated that Elmer Fudd, in his future quests to hunt down Bugs Bunny on the HBO Max reboot of Looney Tunes Cartoons, will no longer carry any guns, including his iconic shotgun. The Draconian move has left the commentators at Clownfish TV in a tizzy. Tune in and share their rage.

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Republic of Bacon Anthem

A DAY OF BACON

As our sizzling Day of Bacon draws to a close, please rise for our anthem.

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And finally, we sign off with Porky Pig’s original 1938 Looney Tunes farewell. Stay free, stay healthy, stay laughing. Eat bacon, the elixir of the Gods, and all will remain right with the Universe.

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