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History

  • This was the first year with the fat version of Elmer Fudd.
  • Tex Avery is suspended for four weeks without pay by Leon Schlesinger and leaves the studio. He then meets Jerry Fairbanks at Paramount and directs the first three Speaking of Animals shorts.[1] He later joins MGM in September and works there for fourteen years.
  • Bob Clampett replaces Tex as the director of his unit and leaves behind his old unit with Norman McCabe becoming the director.[2]
  • Mel Blanc is signed to an exclusive contract with Leon Schlesinger and prohibits him from doing voice work for cartoon studios outside of Warner Bros.[3][4]
  • This year debuts the Bugs Bunny on the WB shield with WARNER BROS. and Present already on the screen at the open-fade starting with "The Heckling Hare". However, this cartoon was the only one to have Bugs pull the MERRIE MELODIES card down in the Schlesinger era. The rest would fade to the MERRIE MELODIES card.
  • Cartoons start using purple-blue colored rings starting from "Snowtime for Comedy".

Shorts

  1. Merrie Melodies Elmer's Pet Rabbit
  2. Looney Tunes Porky's Snooze Reel
  3. Merrie Melodies The Fighting 69½th Blue Ribbon
  4. Merrie Melodies Sniffles Bells the Cat Blue Ribbon
  5. Looney Tunes The Haunted Mouse
  6. Merrie Melodies The Crackpot Quail
  7. Merrie Melodies The Cat's Tale Blue Ribbon
  8. Looney Tunes Joe Glow, the Firefly
  9. Merrie Melodies Tortoise Beats Hare
  10. Looney Tunes Porky's Bear Facts
  11. Merrie Melodies Goofy Groceries Blue Ribbon
  12. Merrie Melodies Toy Trouble Blue Ribbon
  13. Looney Tunes Porky's Preview
  14. Merrie Melodies The Trial of Mr. Wolf Blue Ribbon
  15. Looney Tunes Porky's Ant
  16. Merrie Melodies Farm Frolics Blue Ribbon
  17. Merrie Melodies Hollywood Steps Out Blue Ribbon
  18. Looney Tunes A Coy Decoy
  19. Merrie Melodies Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt Blue Ribbon
  20. Looney Tunes Porky's Prize Pony
  21. Merrie Melodies The Wacky Worm Blue Ribbon
  22. Looney Tunes Meet John Doughboy
  23. Merrie Melodies The Heckling Hare
  24. Merrie Melodies Inki and the Lion Blue Ribbon
  25. Merrie Melodies Aviation Vacation
  26. Looney Tunes We, the Animals - Squeak!
  27. Merrie Melodies Sport Chumpions
  28. Looney Tunes The Henpecked Duck
  29. Merrie Melodies Snow Time for Comedy Blue Ribbon
  30. Merrie Melodies All This and Rabbit Stew
  31. Looney Tunes Notes to You
  32. Merrie Melodies The Brave Little Bat Blue Ribbon
  33. Merrie Melodies The Bug Parade Blue Ribbon
  34. Looney Tunes Robinson Crusoe Jr.
  35. Merrie Melodies Rookie Revue
  36. Merrie Melodies Saddle Silly
  37. Merrie Melodies The Cagey Canary Blue Ribbon
  38. Looney Tunes Porky's Midnight Matinee
  39. Merrie Melodies Rhapsody in Rivets Blue Ribbon
  40. Merrie Melodies Wabbit Twouble
  41. Looney Tunes Porky's Pooch

References

  1. Sigall, Martha (2005). Living Life Inside the Lines: Tales from the Golden Age of Animation. University Press of Mississippi, page 49. ISBN 9781578067497. 
  2. Barrier, Michael (2003). Hollywood Cartoons American Animation in Its Golden Age. Oxford University Press, page 435. ISBN 978-0-19-516729-0. 
  3. https://cartoonresearch.com/index.php/mel-blanc-from-anonymity-to-offscreen-superstar-the-advent-of-on-screen-voice-credits/
  4. Ohmart, Ben (2012). Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices. Bearmanor Media. ISBN 978-1593937881. 



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