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1953 is another year in Looney Tunes history.


  • Robert McKimson's unit at Warner Bros. Cartoons is disbanded early in April.[1]
  • The Warner Bros. animation studio is shut down on June 19, and would remain shut down until January 4, 1954. Everybody is laid off, save for ten unnamed staffers. The reasons given for the shutdown are a heavy backlog of releases until late 1954 and uncertainty about whether to make the cartoons in 2D or 3D.[2]
  • Chuck Jones goes to work at the Walt Disney studio on the film Sleeping Beauty.[3]
  • Michael Maltese heads to Walter Lantz Productions and is credited as writer on several Woody Woodpecker cartoons.[2]


  1. Looney Tunes Don't Give Up the Sheep (Jones/Jan 3/1:3) Blue Ribbon (Blue Ribbon reissue in 1969)
  2. Looney Tunes Snow Business (Freleng/Jan 17/2:3)
  3. Merrie Melodies A Mouse Divided (Freleng/Jan 31)
  4. Looney Tunes Forward March Hare (Jones/Feb 4/4:1) Blue Ribbon (Blue Ribbon reissue in 1969)
  5. Looney Tunes Kiss Me Cat (Jones/Feb 21/4:4)
  6. Merrie Melodies Duck Amuck (Jones/Feb 28/1:2)
  7. Merrie Melodies Upswept Hare (McKimson/Mar 14) Blue Ribbon (Blue Ribbon Reissue on May 1963 in the 1962-63 season[4])
  8. Looney Tunes A Peck o' Trouble (McKimson/Mar 28/4:4) Blue Ribbon (Blue Ribbon Reissue on December 1961 in the 1961-62 season[4])
  9. Merrie Melodies Fowl Weather (Freleng/Apr 4) Blue Ribbon
  10. Merrie Melodies Muscle Tussle (McKimson/Apr 18) Blue Ribbon (Blue Ribbon Reissue in the 1962-63 season)
  11. Looney Tunes Southern Fried Rabbit (Freleng/May 2/4:1) Blue Ribbon (Blue Ribbon reissue in 1969)
  12. Looney Tunes Ant Pasted (Freleng/May 9)
  13. Merrie Melodies Much Ado About Nutting (Jones/May 23)
  14. Looney Tunes There Auto Be a Law (McKimson/Jun 6)
  15. Merrie Melodies Hare Trimmed (Freleng/Jun 20)
  16. Merrie Melodies Tom Tom Tomcat (Freleng/Jun 27) Blue Ribbon (Blue Ribbon Reissue on January 1962 in the 1961-62 season[4])
  17. Merrie Melodies Wild over You (Jones/Jun 11)
  18. Merrie Melodies Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (Jones/Jul 25/1:2)
  19. Looney Tunes Bully for Bugs (Jones/Aug 8/1:1)
  20. Looney Tunes Plop Goes the Weasel! (McKimson/Aug 22)
  21. Merrie Melodies Cat-Tails for Two (McKimson/Aug 29/4:3) Blue Ribbon (Blue Ribbon Reissue on February 1963 in the 1962-63 season[4])
  22. Looney Tunes A Street Cat Named Sylvester (Freleng/Sep 5)
  23. Merrie Melodies Zipping Along (Jones/Sep 19/2:2)
  24. Looney Tunes Lumber Jack-Rabbit (Jones/Sep 25) (3D Release)
  25. Merrie Melodies Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (Jones/Oct 3/3:1)
  26. Looney Tunes Easy Peckin's (McKimson/Oct 17) Blue Ribbon (Blue Ribbon Reissue on March 1963 in the 1962-63 season[4])
  27. Merrie Melodies Catty Cornered (Freleng/Oct 31)
  28. Looney Tunes Of Rice and Hen (McKimson/Nov 14) Blue Ribbon (Blue Ribbon reissue in 1969.)
  29. Merrie Melodies Cats A-weigh! (McKimson/Nov 28)
  30. Looney Tunes Robot Rabbit (Freleng/Dec 12)
  31. Looney Tunes Punch Trunk* (Jones/Dec 19)

* Final cartoon to use both of the series' old-style opening and closing sequences

Blue Ribbon Reissues

1952-1953 Season

  1. Looney Tunes "Tale of Two Mice" (10-Jan-1953) (Reissued as "A Tale of Two Mice")
  2. Looney Tunes "The Bashful Buzzard" (07-Feb-1953)
  3. Merrie Melodies "Country Mouse" (14-Mar-1953)
  4. Merrie Melodies "Little Dutch Plate" (11-Apr-1953)
  5. Looney Tunes "Ain't That Ducky" (02-May-1953)
  6. Merrie Melodies "Mighty Hunters" (13-Jun-1953) (The 1st Blue Ribbon Reissue to keep/retain the original titles and credits)
  7. Merrie Melodies "The Fighting 69½th" (11-Jul-1953) (2nd Blue Ribbon release)
  8. Merrie Melodies "Sniffles Takes a Trip" (01-Aug-1953)
  9. Merrie Melodies "Wacky Wild Life" (29-Aug-1953)

1953-1954 Season

  1. Merrie Melodies "Old Glory" (12-Sep-1953) (2nd Blue Ribbon release)
  2. Merrie Melodies "Walky Talky Hawky" (17-Oct-1953)
  3. Looney Tunes "Birth of a Notion" (07-Nov-1953)
  4. Merrie Melodies "The Eager Beaver" (28-Nov-1953)
  5. Looney Tunes "Scent-imental over You" (26-Dec-1953)

Warner Club News Stories and Art

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