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Exploring the Hidden Racist Past of the Looney Toons

I have an uncomfortable confession to make: I have never liked the Looney Tunes. Despite the cultural pervasiveness of these characters, and a lifelong love of animation on my part, they’ve always struck me as annoying, repetitive, and boring — for all the pandemonium that Bugs Bunny and his ilk ostensibly represent, their chaos is bland, their destruction is predictable, and their lineage is corporate.

To be fair, my exposure to Looney Tunes at the time bore that out pretty well: I grew up in the age of Space Jam and the slew of jerseys, sneakers, McDonald’s toys, pogs, and cookie jars that film spawned. Today is no better, [...]

Jenny Slate Is Writing a Looney Tunes Film

Apparently, that is NOT all folks. Jenny Slate has been tapped to write a feature film involving the looniest of cartoon tunes. Not much is known, other than it will be partly live action and partly CGI, like the last L. Tunes movie, Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Expect something like Space Jam but instead of Michael Jordan, there'll be a talking shell with shoes on.

Steve Carell Is Set to Star in a 'Looney Tunes' Movie

Steve Carell is set to lead an in-the-works Looney Tunes movie. THR reports that Carell — who stars alongside Channing Tatum in the upcoming drama Foxcatcher — has signed on to star in an untitled film centered on the fictional Acme Corporation from the Looney Tunes cartoons from X-Men: First Class writing team Ashley Miller and Zach Stentz. The Lego Movie producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee are also behind the project, with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa — who also directed Carell in Crazy Stupid Love — in negotiations to co-direct. Plot details on the Acme movie are being kept under wraps, but it will "not [...]

Bill Murray, Steve Martin, and Bugs Bunny: The Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary Special

In the 1970s and 1980s, Warner Bros. did not take great care with its animation legacy. The studio spit out a new, clumsily assembled “special” for every remotely notable occasion, with a lack of care and inventiveness that would have shamed Bob Hope. The programs were comprised of 75 percent recycled old cartoons, strung together with unfunny, ugly looking new animation that contained none of the craft and anarchic humor of the source material.

Not so with the The Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary Special. Produced in 1986 to mark the titular occasion (and loosely tied to a Museum of Modern Art retrospective), it too made heavy use of classic [...]

Stan Freberg's Long Career, in Short

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

You may not know the name Stan Freberg, but you've definitely felt his influence. His career has lasted decades, first breaking into show business as [...]