Also, several Blue Ribbon prints have altered titles. If not the entire Merrie Melodies run in one Blu-ray box, then multiple Blu-ray boxes released by individual decade. "I Haven't Got a Hat" would be the first Merrie Melodies short featuring characters that would go on to star in the Looney Tunes series. This segment uses clips from "Baseball Bugs", though Bugs refers to the opposing team as "The Boston Argyle Socks" rather than the Gas-House Gorillas. Some of them, like A Wild Hare, have edited lines, although the original unedited version is present on The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 4, Side 1, the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection, The Essential Bugs Bunny, and the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2, Disc 1. For the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD releases, Warner Bros. went through great lengths to track down whatever elements of the original title credits still exist in an effort to re-create as best they could the original versions of the altered 'blue ribbon' shorts. For the first 13 years of the program (1943 - 1956 re-releases), the credits were also scrapped. Following the first five short films, Merrie Melodies would primarily consist of one-shot cartoons. Notably, Bugs Bunny cartoons were often excluded from being reissued. 1 1931 2 1931–1933 2.1 Openings 2.2 Endings 3 1933-1934 4 1934-1935 5 1936-1937 5.1 Openings 5.2 Endings 6 1937–1964, 1980–1988, 1990-199? The ending title card was also revised (except for the 1943–44 season and half of the 1944–45 season of reissues, such as "A Wild Hare" and "I Love to Singa" when Schlesinger was still producing the cartoons and cartoons in the Merrie Melodies series originally released between September 1, 1944 and July 10, 1948), replacing the original versions. In 1935, three shorts were released that would break the formula Merrie Melodies had followed for about three years. Beginning in September 1943, Warner Bros., in a cost-conserving effort, began to re-release its backlog of color cartoons under a new program that they called Merrie Melodies "Blue Ribbon" classics. Merrie Melodies Blue Ribbon Ultimate Collection. The titles for "The Lady in Red", "When I Yoo Hoo", "Fresh Fish" and "The Rattled Rooster" are restored for HBO Max, but has not been released on DVD. They are, "The Cat Came Back" (1944 and 1954), "Of Fox and Hounds", (1944 and 1954), "The Fighting 69½th" (1943 and 1953), "The Early Worm Gets the Bird" (1943 and 1952), "Rhapsody in Rivets" (1947 and 1954), "The Trial of Mr. Wolf" (1946 and 1954), and "Old Glory" (1945 and 1953). As a result, such cartoons as I Love to Singa and Book Revue can once again be seen as they were originally intended. As with its parent series, Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies featured some of the most famous cartoon characters ever created, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. Blue Ribbon version of Merrie Melodies opening titles, taken from Kit for Cat, the only post-a.a.p. Merrie Melodies is also the title of a segment in The Looney Tunes Show in which various characters sing songs. Instead of Seasons that the LTR series has, this one is divided by five years each volume. [6], In 1934, Schlesinger produced his first color Merrie Melodies shorts, "Honeymoon Hotel" and "Beauty and the Beast", which were both produced in Cinecolor (Disney had exclusive rights to the richer Technicolor process). Merrie Melodies was outsourced to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises from 1964 to 1967, and Warner Bros.-Seven Arts resumed production for the series' final two years. The closing title cards, for the most part, were replaced too, with some exceptions.[1]. BLUE RIBBON titles: A nuisance to Looney Tunes historians and fans, these reissue titles not only removed the attractive original title art and credits, but sometimes changed the original Looney Tunes designation to a Merrie Melodies and elimiated the original on-screen production number. 9:59. pt 5: Looney Tunes Legacy SDCC Comic-Con Panel-Ruth Clampett & Linda Jones Q&A. This is a list of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies which were given Blue Ribbon reissues by Warner Bros. between 1943 and 1969. But starting with the 1959-64 season, for the most part, the original closing title card was replaced with the reissue season's ending title card. [9] Though some have had their original bullet title sequences and credits restored for official DVD and Blu-ray releases, majority of the re-releases still have the Blue Ribbon credits. Beginning in late 1943, WB, in a cost-conserving effort, began to reissue its backlog of color cartoons under a new program that they called Merrie Melodies "Blue Ribbon" classics. Stingy's Audios but press the green flag and press the two icons to the song by dylanespinomuller. Many Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts were given Blue Ribbon reissues by Warner Bros. between 1943 and 1969. Looney Tunes Blue Ribbon - Who's Kitten Who. Beginning in late 1943, WB, in a cost-conserving effort, began to reissue its backlog of color cartoons under a new program that they called Merrie Melodies "Blue Ribbon" classics. For the reissue, the original front-and-end title sequences were altered. In addition to A Feud There Was, instead of re-releasing other shorts into the Blue Ribbon program, seven other Blue Ribbon shorts have been re-released twice, scrapping the first re-release titles. Daffy Dilly was originally produced in Cinecolor, while the rest were produced in Technicolor. Bugs does not reveal the conclusion of his baseball … However, due to World War II, Schlesinger reduced his yearly cartoon output from 39 shorts to 26. Also, Daffy Dilly is the only one of the five to have its original titles not present on DVD releases, although they are known to exist. Later cartoons originally released from August 1948 to 1957 kept the original credits, to save Warner Bros. even more money. Their success convinced Schlesinger to produce all future Merrie Melodies shorts in color as well. These re-releases replaced the original opening cards with the animation season the cartoon was re-released in, then proceeded to the original credits through a cut instead of a fade in (they were edited into the original negative). The studio agreed, and Schlesinger dubbed the series Merrie Melodies. Father Knows Best Credits Season 1 by dylanespinomuller. The earliest cartoon to be issued first with "Blue Ribbon" titles was probably "My Little Buckeroo" (1938/Freleng) when the re-releasing program of its back catalogue began in September, 1943. Come on. 6:11. Merrie Melodies closing title from the early 1960s. Looney Tunes, however, continued in black and white until 1943.[7]. Instead, they were re-released with their original titles. Merrie Melodies was originally produced by Harman-Ising Pictures from 1931 to 1933, and then Leon Schlesinger Productions from 1933 to 1944. Cartoons originally released between 1948 and 1951 and re-released in the 1956-59 animation seasons had their original closing titles kept, regardless if it was in the Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes series. The first "Looney Tunes" short to be included in the Blue Ribbon series was The Hep Cat, which was added in 1949. However, the original copy with the original titles has problems of its own, as split cuts in this copy cut out the ending lines from when the dog says, "If you think for a moment that this little incident is going to upset me--" then it cuts to him freaking out. However, the latter three were credited Warner Bros. on their first re-release, keeping the first Blue Ribbon re-release closing titles for the second re-release. Spang … The first "Looney Tunes" short to be included in the Blue Ribbon series was The Hep Cat, which was added in 1949. Segment one has Clyde asking if Uncle Bugs was a baseball pitcher and Bugs replying that he was "the best". One way Schlesinger made up the difference was by starting a Blue Ribbon Specials program featuring reissues of older cartoons. However, later re-releases (from 1956 - 1964) kept them. This was due to those cartoons being billed as Bugs Bunny Specials, a sub-series which Warner Bros. sold to theaters at a higher price. Each cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series would be contractually obligated to include at least one full chorus from a Warner Bros. song. Bugs Bunny and his nephew Clyde Bunny are sitting on a couch looking at a scrap book depicting various photographs and newspaper clippings of Bugs. The titles for "A Day at the Zoo", "Of Fox and Hounds", "The Isle of Pingo Pongo", "Don't Look Now", "Wacky Wildlife", "Johnny Smith and Poker-Huntas", "Thugs with Dirty Mugs", "A Feud There Was", "The Early Worm Gets the Bird", "Circus Today", "The Mice Will Play", "Fresh Fish", "Cross Country Detours", and "I Only Have Eyes for You" were found on eBay in 2007, but never released on DVD. Merrie Melodies Blue Ribbon Will.E Coyote Falls by dylanespinomuller. History Talk (0) Share. For example, A Wild Hare is titled The Wild Hare, My Little Buckaroo is titled My Little Buckeroo, and The Fella with the Fiddle is titled The Fella with a Fiddle. All Blue Ribbon cartoons were released as "Merrie Melodie" cartoons regardless of the original series. The Looney Tunes finally transitioned from black-and-white to color during the 1942-43 release season. Merrie Melodies Openings And Closings (1931-1969) UPGRADED 2.0. The Blue Ribbon print does not have these split-cuts. Cartoons with re-releases in the last few years of the program (after 1964) did not have new titles. He also began charging more for cartoons featuring … As with its parent series, Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies featured some of the most famous cartoon characters ever created; including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. ZooPals (Parody) by dylanespinomuller. None of the characters created by Harman-Ising would be used in future theatrical shorts after their departure from the series in 1933. While Hugh Harman directed the Looney Tunes shorts, Rudolf Ising directed the Merrie Melodies shorts. In February 1936, starting with this logo, the famous WB Shield now zooms into view on either the famous "rings" on Merrie Melodies cartoons or a hole in the wall on Looney Tunes cartoons. These were: You Were Never Duckier, The Foghorn Leghorn, Daffy Dilly, Kit for Cat, and Scaredy Cat. Schlesinger sold his studio to Warner Bros. in 1944, and the newly renamed Warner Bros. Cartoons continued production until 1963. As with its sister series, Looney Tunes, it featured cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Elmer Fudd. The revised main title card began with the "zooming" WB logo, followed by the title logo set against a background featuring a "blue ribbon" (hence the re-release program's title) and a Grand Shorts Award trophy, followed by the name of the cartoon. MMBRUC: Volume 1 [[|250px]] Merrie Melodies was originally produced by Harman-Ising Productions from 1931 to 1933, and then Leon Schlesinger Productions from 1933 to 1944. For one thing, thirteen annual Blue Ribbons carried a lower price tag than the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies series. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) Credit goes to king awesome yellow yoshi Many of the above cartoons have been restored for DVD release as part of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Looney Tunes Platinum Collection, Looney Tunes Super Stars and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection DVD releases. In addition, most Blue Ribbon prints of the short, usually through the American and European 1995 Turner prints, can be seen on television packages throughout the world. Very few cartoons featuring the character were actually reissued under the program: Only 22 cartoons in total were reissued, and only A Wild Hare and Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt were reissued under the 1943-1956 rules (i.e tiles & credits removed). "Dangerous Dan McFoo" was the first cartoon to use this. These releases between 1956 and 1964 kept the original opening and ending music, regardless of what series the cartoon was originally in. Between 1934 and 1943, the Merrie Melodies series were distinguished from the black-and-white, Buddy or Porky Pig-starring Looney Tunes shorts by an emphasis on one-shot stories in color featuring Warner Bros.-owned music… era creditless Blue Ribbon that was originally a Looney Tune Beginning in late 1943, WB, in a cost-conserving effort, began to reissue its backlog of color cartoons under a new program that they called Merrie Melodies"Blue Ribbon" classics. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. In addition to the change in formula, "I Haven't Got a Hat" would serve as the debut of the first Warner Bros. cartoon character to draw in audiences based on star power - Porky Pig. All Blue Ribbon cartoons were released as "Merrie Melodie" cartoons regardless of the original series. Some pristine prints of the original issues were obtained from the UCLA Film and Television Archive. T… They are, The Cat Came Back (1944 and 1954), Of Fox and Hounds, (1944 and 1954), The Fighting 69½th (1943 and 1953), The Early Worm Gets the Bird (1943 and 1952), Rhapsody in Rivets (1947 and 1954), The Trial of Mr. Wolf (1946 and 1954), and Old Glory (1945 and 1953). The original titles for " Sunday Go to … Friz Freleng once said in an interview; "I never knew if a film I was making would be Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies, and what the hell difference would it make, anyway?". Merrie Melodies is a series of animated short films produced by Warner Bros. between 1931 and 1969, during the Golden Age of American Animation. In addition to "A Feud There Was", instead of re-releasing other shorts into the Blue Ribbon program, seven other Blue Ribbon shorts have been re-released twice, scrapping the first re-release titles. Also, several Blue Ribbon prints have altered titles. The Blue Ribbon titles were edited into the cartoon's original negative. It was later re-released again on September 13, 1952, scrapping the first re-release's Blue Ribbon titles. [1], Three of the Merrie Melodies shorts ("Tweetie Pie", "Speedy Gonzales", and "Birds Anonymous") won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and another three ("Duck Amuck", "One Froggy Evening", and "What's Opera, Doc?") Schlesinger sold his studio to Warner Bros. in 1944, and the newly renamed Warner Bros. Cartoons continued production … Unfortunately, there are some "Blue Ribbon" reissue versions of cartoons that are represented on the Golden Collection DVDs as they are the only versions that were made available for exhibition. These are: In addition to the cartoons listed above, the following cartoons reissued after 1956-57 have had their original opening rings, and ending rings if re-released in the 1959-64 animation season, restored: In 1995, Turner Entertainment restored the original openings for "Hop, Look and Listen" and "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" for their American and European Turner "dubbed" prints. In addition, re-releases between 1956 and 1959 always kept the original closing title cards, regardless what series the cartoon was originally in. However, the original audio is also required for the short to be present restored on a home video release. This was the only cartoon which ended up in the a.a.p. I would hope that in the age of Blu-rays, Warner Bros. does hopefully put out no-noised, remastered box sets of every Looney Tunes short ever made (with as much non-Blue Ribbon source material to work from). Merrie Melodies was originally produced by Harman-Ising … The current Cartoon Network "dubbed version" prints of "The Night Watchman" and "Daffy Duck and Egghead" both open with newly recreated Blue Ribbon titles. Goopy Geer was the last recurring character created by Harman-Ising, and he appeared in two shorts released in between the one-shot cartoons. 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Starting with the 1947-48 animation season reissues, custom fonts for titles were used. This re… Some of them, like "A Wild Hare", have edited lines, although the original unedited version is present on The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 4, Side 1, the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection, The Essential Bugs Bunny, and the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2, Disc 1. Piggy would appear consecutively on the ending cards of the Merrie Melodies shorts starting with the fourth and ending with the fourteenth. On the other hand, five cartoons which Warner Bros. would keep for their own television packages, because these shorts were released after July 31, 1948, were re-released under the original 1943 rules (the technical credits are removed). In the 1959-64 animation season, the closing titles were also replaced, except for a few (the ones originally released in the 1956-57 animation season). package (released prior to August 1, 1948) to be reissued under the 1956-57 (and later) rules. godlen age cartoons. The 1952-53 opening rings and "Blue Ribbon" title card were shown as normal, but then proceeded to the original technical credits. In this cartoon Clyde is unnamed. Blue Ribbon version of Merrie Melodies opening title Beginning in late 1943, WB, in a cost-conserving effort, began to reissue its backlog of color cartoons under a new program that they called Merrie Melodies "Blue Ribbon" classics. The 1940 cartoon Mighty Hunters was the one exception to the original rule. These were probably done when the "dubbed versions" were prepared in 1995. The titles for "Bone Sweet Bone" are restored for TV, but has not been released on DVD. These were also edited into the original negative as the titles cut to the credits instead of faded in. Looney Tunes Blue Ribbon - Trap Happy Porky. [2][3][4][5][5], In 2013, TV Guide ranked Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies combined as the 3rd greatest cartoon series of all time.[2][3][4][5]. For the reissue, the original front-and-end title sequences were altered. As a result, such cartoons as "I Love to Singa" and "Book Revue" can once again be seen as they were originally intended. As time went on, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies became indistinguishable save for their opening and ending theme songs. The revised main title card began with the "zooming" WB logo, followed by the title logo set against a background featuring a "blue ribbon" (hence the re-release program's title) and a Grand Shorts Award trophy, followed by the name of the cartoon. 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