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Bugs Bunny in "Jasper Goes Hunting", which is the first time a Looney Tunes character appears in a non-Warner Bros. production

1944 is another year of the Golden Age of Looney Tunes.


  • The Color Rings change from red rings black background to red background blue rings starting with "Meatless Flyday". The two cartoons before it were in the 1942-43 season, however, were postponed to release in 1944.
  • Produced by LEON SCHLESINGER changes to Produced by WARNER BROS. CARTOONS INC. After a short time it changes to A WARNER BROS. CARTOON for the openings only. The closings would still have Produced by WARNER BROS. CARTOONS INC.
  • The finalized MERRIE MELODIES logo for the big backgrounds at the top debuts in "Meatless Flyday", which would be used for 11 years.
  • Starting with "Hare Ribbin'", Bugs Bunny's head appears after the WB shield. This variation would have the WB shield zoom in, then WARNER BROS., the copyright notice, the production code and "Present" would fade in. At the same time, the WB shield changes to Bugs' head.
  • Starting with "The Stupid Cupid", WARNER BROS. adds PICTURES INC. to the bottom of every cartoon until 1964.
  • All cartoons starting from this year and afterwards would be copyrighted.
  • Frank Tashlin leaves the studio in September to direct stop-motion puppet films at the John Sutherland studio.[3]
  • Robert McKimson, who was in Bob Clampett's unit at the time, is promoted to a director and takes over Tashlin's unit.[3]
  • Bugs Bunny makes a cameo in the Puppetoon "Jasper Goes Hunting" which is the first time a Looney Tunes character appears in a non-Warner Bros. production.

Warner Club News Stories

Shorts Released

  1. Merrie Melodies "Little Red Riding Rabbit"
  2. Merrie Melodies "What's Cookin' Doc?"
  3. Merrie Melodies "Meatless Flyday"
  4. Looney Tunes "Tom Turk and Daffy"
  5. Merrie Melodies "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears"
  6. Looney Tunes "I Got Plenty of Mutton"
  7. Merrie Melodies "The Weakly Reporter"
  8. Looney Tunes "Tick Tock Tuckered" Blue Ribbon
  9. Merrie Melodies "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips"
  10. Looney Tunes "Swooner Crooner" Blue Ribbon
  11. Merrie Melodies "Russian Rhapsody"
  12. Looney Tunes "Duck Soup to Nuts" Blue Ribbon
  13. Looney Tunes "Angel Puss"
  14. Merrie Melodies "Slightly Daffy" Blue Ribbon
  15. Merrie Melodies "Hare Ribbin'"
  16. Looney Tunes "Brother Brat"
  17. Merrie Melodies "Hare Force"
  18. Looney Tunes "From Hand to Mouse" Blue Ribbon
  19. Merrie Melodies "Birdy and the Beast"
  20. Looney Tunes "Buckaroo Bugs" (last cartoon produced by Leon Schlesinger)
  21. Merrie Melodies "Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears" Blue Ribbon (first cartoon produced by Eddie Selzer)
  22. Looney Tunes "Plane Daffy"
  23. Merrie Melodies "Lost and Foundling" Blue Ribbon
  24. Looney Tunes "Booby Hatched" Blue Ribbon
  25. Merrie Melodies "The Old Grey Hare"
  26. Looney Tunes "The Stupid Cupid" Blue Ribbon
  27. Merrie Melodies "Stage Door Cartoon"

Blue Ribbon Reissues

1943 - 1944 Season

  1. Merrie Melodies "Cross Country Detours" (15-Jan-1944)
  2. Merrie Melodies "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" (12-Feb-1944)
  3. Merrie Melodies "The Bear's Tale" (11-Mar-1944)
  4. Merrie Melodies "Sweet Sioux" (08-Apr-1944)
  5. Merrie Melodies "Of Fox and Hounds" (13-May-1944)
  6. Merrie Melodies "Thugs with Dirty Mugs" (03-Jun-1944)
  7. Merrie Melodies "A Wild Hare" (17-Jun-1944) (mis-titled “The Wild Hare”)
  8. Merrie Melodies "The Cat Came Back" (15-Jul-1944)
  9. Merrie Melodies "The Isle of Pingo Pongo" (19-Aug-1944)

1944-1945 Season

  1. Merrie Melodies "Let It Be Me" (16-Sep-1944)
  2. Merrie Melodies "September in the Rain" (30-Sep-1944)
  3. Merrie Melodies "Sunday Go to Meetin' Time" (28-Oct-1944)
  4. Merrie Melodies "I Love to Singa" (18-Nov-1944)
  5. Merrie Melodies "Plenty of Money and You" (09-Dec-1944)




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