This post is going to be a little different from my previous posts. It is about Looney Tunes in Video Games, two of my favorite past times. It will not be as serious, or as fact loaded. I want this post to be fun and entertaining. I hope you enjoy it.
First, I have a warning for kids and young adults. Most younger readers are not going to have a clue of what I am talking about unless you watch the Cartoon Network.
I am combining two of my favorite past times, playing video games and watching Looney Tunes (I have 200 hours of cartoons recorded on my DVR). Before I get started, I hope you don’t think I spend all my time watching cartoons and playing video games.
I have a full-time job working forty to fifty hours a week. I love studying the Bible. In my spare time, I work on developing my website, https://gamingwithgrandpa.com
But most importantly, I love to spend time with my dear wife, Cindy. She gives me the freedom to act like a kid (remember, I am in my sixties). She is amazing. I love her so much.
I am going to look at video games related to the Looney Tunes cartoons. I will also veer off into the Looney Tunes cartoons apart from video games.
Some of my favorite memories as a kid were getting up on a Saturday morning and watching Looney Tunes. After cartoons, I was out the door to play and explore my neighborhood. My parents’ only rule was to be home before dark. It is so sad we can’t do this with our kids today.
I love all the characters from the Looney Tunes lineup. But I do have my favorites. I love Bugs Bunny. His arrogance and sharp tongue are the best.
Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Speedy Gonzales, Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, and yes, the Tasmanian Devil were so much fun to watch. Also, Wile E Coyote never learned that “no amount” of Acme products would ever help him catch the speedy Road Runner.
But I think my overall favorite had to be Foghorn Leghorn, the southern talking rooster. His battles with Barnyard Dawg and Henry, the chicken hawk were classics. But some of the funniest moments are Foghorn trying to outsmart Egghead Jr. I hope you enjoy this video.
I think I relate to Foghorn the most because I talk just like him. I am from Arkansas (I bleed Razorback Red). I have a very heavy twang to my speech just like Foghorn Leghorn, just ask my wife, Cindy.
For example, I have trouble saying, “Yellow”. I always say, “Yella”. I don’t wonder if I may be a “redneck”. I know I am down to the bone.
So please join me as I explore the world of video games through the eyes of some of my favorite Looney Tunes characters.
I also have a post about video games from the past. If you like golden oldies, then you will enjoy this post. https://gamingwithgrandpa.com/most-popular-video-games-the-hits-never-get-old
Like Bugs says, “Ehhhh, what’s up doc?”.
History of the Looney Tunes:
Looney Tunes was produced by Warner Bros. as a series of animated short films. It was created from 1930 to 1969 during the Golden Age of Amination which included the Disney Animations who created Mickey Mouse.
Merrie Melodies was the sister series of Looney Tunes. It started as musical compositions of adventures of cartoon characters Bosko and Buddy.
Later, Looney Tunes introduced the cartoon stars that we most associate with Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies today:
- Bugs Bunny. In my opinion, the coolest cartoon character ever.
- Daffy Duck. He could never outdo Bugs Bunny.
- Porky Pig. He was so funny.
- Elmer Fudd. The hunter who often became the hunted.
- Tweety Bird. So sweet and cute.
- Sylvester. Maybe fish would have been easier to catch.
- Granny. She loved her little birdy, Tweety.
- Yosemite Sam. Rough and tough.
- Foghorn Leghorn. My favorite southern gentleman.
- Marvin the Martian. One of the first geeks even before the “Big Bang Theory”.
- Witch Hazel. Her potions were enchanting.
- Speedy Gonzales. Fast and quick.
- The Tasmanian Devil. He was a wild as it gets.
- Wile E. Coyote. He never gave up on his target, the Road Runner.
- Road Runner. “Catch me if you can, Wile E”.
- Pepe’ Le Pew. The ultimate ladies’ man.
At the start, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were based on the Warner Bros musical library. In 1929, Warner Bros developed a series of musical animated shorts to promote their music and compete with Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse.
Warner Bros went into business with Leon Schlesinger to produce cartoons for WB. The first series introduced Bosko as the first lead cartoon character. The first Looney Tunes release debuted in 1930 was called “Sinkin’ in the Bathtub”.
The first major Looney Tunes star was Porky Pig who starred with another cartoon character named Beans. The short was called, “I Haven’t Got a Hat”.
In 1937, Daffy Duck made his debut in “Porky’s Duck Hunt”. Elmer Fudd appeared in “Elmer’s Candid Camera” in the 1940s. Bugs Bunny’s career started with “A Wild Hare” which also began in the 1940s.
Bugs started with the colored Merrie Melodies shorts and finally joined Looney Tunes with the release of “Buckaroo Bugs” in 1944.
The original Looney Tunes theatrical series ran from 1930 to 1969.
During the 1950s, Looney Tunes’ popularity increased because the shorts started airing on network and syndicated television.
Starting in the 1970s, the main target audience for Looney Tunes was children. Looney Tunes started editing the shorts because of concern for children and the violence on television.
Violent scenes that involved suicide or very dangerous stunts were removed. People didn’t want their kids to imitate the violence portrayed in the cartoons.
Racial and ethnic caricatures that stereotyped portrayals of Blacks, Mexicans, Jews, American Indians, Asians, and Germans, as Nazis, were removed.
Also, bad habits like smoking cigarettes, swallowing pills, and drinking alcohol were excluded.
Until 1987 the animated shorts were dormant. It was then new cartoons were created to introduce Looney Tunes to a new generation.
In 1976, Looney Tunes became part of amusement parks as mascots. It started with the Marriott’s Great America Theme Park in Gurnee, Illinois and Santa Clara, California.
Eventually, the park in Gurnee was sold to Six Flags where Looney Tune Mascots continue to be part of the theme park experience.
Around 1988, Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Yosemite, Sylvester, and Tweety made cameo appearances in the movies. In fact, Looney Tunes characters became part of the Oscar-winning film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. This was a big deal because it was the first and only time the characters of Looney Tunes shared the screen with their Disney rivals like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
One of the scenes is Bugs and Mickey Mouse skydiving together. Another is Daffy and Donald Duck going at it with dueling pianos. I love this stuff.
In 1988, Nickelodeon became the perfect platform to air Looney Tunes including several unaired cartoons. The show, “Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon” ran until 1999.
Bugs Bunny’s popularity hit another high when he starred with Michael Jordan in “Space Jam”. The film was unique because of the mixing of animation and live-action. It grossed over 100 million dollars in the US alone, a feat only achieved by Disney animated films.
It also introduced the love of Bugs’ life, Lola Bunny. She became a recurring member of Looney Tunes and captured the wascally, wabbit’s heart. Bugs was never the same.
Several Looney Tunes characters have had success in television in originally produced series: “Taz-Mania” (1991) and “The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries” (1995).
Steven Spielberg produced a series called “Tiny Toon Adventures”. The gang of Looney Tunes would often make cameo appearances where they would play teachers or mentors to younger cartoon characters like Buster Bunny, Babs Bunny, and Plucky Ducker. Spielberg also produced “Animaniacs”.
In 2000 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies became the exclusive property of Time Warner. Theses classics cartoons appeared on the Cartoon Network owned by Time Warner.
In 2003 a feature film was released called “Looney Tunes: Back in Action”. There was also a video game released with the same name.
This film received positive reviews from film critics and animation historians. Our favorite Looney Tunes characters were alive and well. I love it.
In 2006 Warner Home Video released a Christmas based film as a parody of the classic “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Daffy Duck played Scrooge with several appearances of other Looney Tunes characters.
Other notable shows from this period are “Baby Looney Tunes” (2002), “Duck Dodgers” starring Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Marvin the Martian (2003), “Loonatics Unleashed” which had futuristic versions of the characters (2005), “The Looney Tunes Show” (2011), and “Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production,” starring my dear friend, Bugs Bunny.
As we can see these loveable characters of Looney Tunes have been with us for a long time. In my opinion, I hope they will be with us a lot longer.
These wonderful shorts stories of our beloved characters are available through the “Golden Collection” DVD box sets. Also, you can usually find reruns on available networks like “The Cartoon Network”. I am sure you can catch some of them on YouTube as well.
Resources: For more detailed information check out this link. https://looneytunes.fandom.com/wiki/Looney_Tunes
Mel Blanc, “The Man of Thousand Voices”.
As I have gone through the Looney Tunes history, I have not yet mentioned one person who made these loveable characters come to life, Mel Blanc, “The Man of Thousand Voices”.
Mel’s career began in radio, which he did for over sixty years. He is best known for his work in animation. He is regarded as one of the most influential people in voice acting.
He did the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig. He also did most of the character voices of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. This was the golden age of American animation.
Mel later did the voices for Hanna-Barbera’s cartoon characters. He did Barney Rubble on The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely on The Jetsons.
Mel’s cartoon career began in December of 1936. He joined Leon Schlesinger Productions who was producing theatrical cartoon shorts for Warner Bros.
The first cartoon Mel worked on was “Picador Porky” (1937), as the voice of a drunken bull. Mel’s first starring role was in “Porky’s Duck Hunt” where he did the voice of Porky Pig and Daffy Duck.
In 1940, in a cartoon named “A Wild Hare”, Mel became the voice of one of my favorite cartoon characters, Bugs Bunny. Who can ever forget the classic quote from Bugs, “Ehhhh, what’s up doc?” as he is eating his favorite food, carrots.
Mel also did the voice and laugh of Woody Woodpecker produced by Universal Pictures in 1940. He only did the first three shorts. Afterward, he signed an exclusive contract with Warner Bros. The laugh Mel created for Woody Woodpecker was used until 1951.
Mel Blanc passed away at the age of 81 on July 10, 1989. In Mel’s will, he wanted the inscription on his gravestone, “THAT’S ALL FOLKS”. This was the catchphrase of one of Mel’s most beloved characters, Porky Pig.
Mel Blanc was the most prolific voice actor in the history of the animation industry. He was the first voice actor to receive on-screen credits.
A doctor who examined Mel’s voice said he possessed unusually thick, powerful vocal cords. This gave Mel an exceptional range that rivaled that of an opera singer.
Movie critic Leonard Maltin once said, “It is astounding to realize that Tweety Bird and Yosemite Sam are the same man!”.
Mel Blanc has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6835 Hollywood Boulevard. Bugs Bunny also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The legacy of Mel Blanc will live on as long as people enjoy cartoons, especially the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. It still amazes me the range Mel had in doing the voices of so many of the cartoon characters.
I have enjoyed Mel’s work in cartoons my whole life and will till the day I die. These endearing characters of Looney Tunes are part of my youth and my life. I still quote Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, and other Looney Tunes characters very often even in my sixties. I love these guys.
Looney Tunes in Video Games:
I hope I have enlightened some young gamers about these classic cartoon characters from Looney Tunes. For the older gamers, my wish is you enjoyed the trip down memory lane. I will never forget those Saturday mornings with my bowl of cereal and my cartoon friends.
At this point, some of you may be wondering, “When is johnny going to talk Looney Tunes video games?”
Before I started this post, I didn’t realize the number of video games created by the Looney Tunes characters. There are series of games based on Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Tasmanian Devil, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Sylvester and Tweety, and Speedy Gonzales. I was happily surprised.
For the sake of space and time, I going to list some of the most popular games. On a sad note, gaming consoles have recently ended the production of Looney Tunes video games because of poor sales and negative reception. I hope that changes.
Let’s get started.
- Looney Tunes “Acme Arsenal”. Released in 2007. Available systems: Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, and Wii.
- Looney Tunes “Twouble!”. Released in 1998. Available systems: Game Boy Color.
- Looney Tunes “Cartoon Conductor”. Released in 2008. Available systems: Nintendo DS.
- Looney Tunes Dual Pack “Dizzy Driving and Acme Antics”. Released in 2005. Available systems: Game Boy Advance.
- Looney Tunes “Back in Action”. Released in 2003. Available systems: PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Game Boy Advance. This is the one I want.
- Looney Tunes “Space Race”. Released in 2000. Available systems: Dreamcast and PlayStation 2.
- Looney Tunes “World of Mayhem”. Released in 2018. Available systems: iOS and Android.
- Looney Tunes “Carrot Crazy”. Released in 1998. Available systems: Game Boy Color.
- “Bugs Bunny”. Released in 1983. Available systems: Atari 2600.
- “Bugs Bunny in Double Trouble”. Released in 1996. Available systems: Genesis and Game Gear.
- “Duck Dodgers Starring Daffy Duck”. Released in 2000. Available systems: Nintendo 64.
- Tazmanian Devil “Munching Madness”. Released in 1999. Available systems: Game Boy Color.
This is a small portion of the available Looney Tunes video games. I have included a link to the complete list of Looney Tunes video games. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Looney_Tunes_video_games
I hope anyone who reads this post will enjoy it as much as I did the research. It was so much fun, and it brought back many pleasant memories of my childhood. I hope it did the same for some older gamers out there.
I also wish younger gamers will take the time to check out these classic cartoons from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. They are easy to find on the cartoon channels on TV or YouTube. Amazon is a great place to buy DVD sets or video games.
Thank you so much for reading my post. With that being said, I quote my favorite swine, Porky Pig, “A be-ya, a be-ya, a be-ya, that’s all folks!”
My fellow gamers will take the time to play with Bugs and Daffy and try to help Wile E Coyote catch the elusive Road Runner.
As always, let me end with my favorite quote with an addition, “Let’s Game with Bugs and all the characters of Looney Tunes.” I would appreciate any thoughts or comments on my email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
johnny, the Grey Wolf, Watcher of the Woods.