Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has some fun with the Looney Tunes gang today, June 18, as it broadcasts a marathon of cartoons and the classic films that they parody. Robert Osborne hosts this special festival, offering insights and anecdotes of these two very different genres and their contrasting approach to same stories.
Warner Bros.’ immortal Looney Tunes, produced by legendary animators such as Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, often spoofed popular movies of the day by creating hilarious caricatures of well-known actors and actresses. As theatrical cartoons of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s were produced as much for adults as for kids, it was not unusual for legendary stars such as Edward G. Robinson, Bing Crosby and Humphrey Bogart to show up in animated form alongside the equally renowned Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig or Daffy Duck.
“We believe that the many great cartoons from the golden age of theatrical animation deserve to be recognized and celebrated for their invaluable contribution to the movie-going experience,” says Tom Karsch, general manager and exec VP of Turner Classic Movies. “As pre-feature entertainment, Looney Tunes cartoons often were as smartly written, as bitingly political and as thoroughly entertaining as the motion pictures that followed.”
Joining TCM in its salute to the Hollywood-themed Looney Tunes, Cartoon Network’s Boomerang will also present Looney Tunes in Hollywood, a 24-hour tribute showcasing every Warner Bros. short that featured a celebrity caricature. Appearing in titles such as The Big Snooze and The Bird Came C.O.D., famous personalities to be featured as cartoon characters include Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra, Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn, Abbott & Costello, Cary Grant, Cab Calloway, Jimmy Stewart, Jack Benny, James Cagney, Jimmy Durante and many more.