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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. Lt icon Don't Give Up the Sheep (Jones/Jan 3/1:3) Blueribbon icon (Blue Ribbon reissue in 1969)
  2. Lt icon Snow Business (Freleng/Jan 17/2:3)
  3. Music note A Mouse Divided (Freleng/Jan 31)
  4. Lt icon Forward March Hare (Jones/Feb 4/4:1) Blueribbon icon (Blue Ribbon reissue in 1969)
  5. Lt icon Kiss Me Cat (Jones/Feb 21/4:4)
  6. Music note Duck Amuck (Jones/Feb 28/1:2)
  7. Music note Upswept Hare (McKimson/Mar 14) Blueribbon icon (Blue Ribbon Reissue on May 1963 in the 1962-63 season[4])
  8. Lt icon A Peck o' Trouble (McKimson/Mar 28/4:4) Blueribbon icon (Blue Ribbon Reissue on December 1961 in the 1961-62 season[4])
  9. Music note Fowl Weather (Freleng/Apr 4) Blueribbon icon
  10. Music note Muscle Tussle (McKimson/Apr 18) Blueribbon icon (Blue Ribbon Reissue in the 1962-63 season)
  11. Lt icon Southern Fried Rabbit (Freleng/May 2/4:1) Blueribbon icon (Blue Ribbon reissue in 1969)
  12. Lt icon Ant Pasted (Freleng/May 9)
  13. Music note Much Ado About Nutting (Jones/May 23)
  14. Lt icon There Auto Be a Law (McKimson/Jun 6)
  15. Music note Hare Trimmed (Freleng/Jun 20)
  16. Music note Tom Tom Tomcat (Freleng/Jun 27) Blueribbon icon (Blue Ribbon Reissue on January 1962 in the 1961-62 season[4])
  17. Music note Wild over You (Jones/Jun 11)
  18. Music note Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (Jones/Jul 25/1:2)
  19. Lt icon Bully for Bugs (Jones/Aug 8/1:1)
  20. Lt icon Plop Goes the Weasel! (McKimson/Aug 22)
  21. Music note Cat-Tails for Two (McKimson/Aug 29/4:3) Blueribbon icon (Blue Ribbon Reissue on February 1963 in the 1962-63 season[4])
  22. Lt icon A Street Cat Named Sylvester (Freleng/Sep 5)
  23. Music note Zipping Along (Jones/Sep 19/2:2)
  24. Lt icon Lumber Jack-Rabbit (Jones/Sep 25) (3D Release)
  25. Music note Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (Jones/Oct 3/3:1)
  26. Lt icon Easy Peckin's (McKimson/Oct 17) Blueribbon icon (Blue Ribbon Reissue on March 1963 in the 1962-63 season[4])
  27. Music note Catty Cornered (Freleng/Oct 31)
  28. Lt icon Of Rice and Hen (McKimson/Nov 14) Blueribbon icon (Blue Ribbon reissue in 1969.)
  29. Music note Cats A-weigh! (McKimson/Nov 28)
  30. Lt icon Robot Rabbit (Freleng/Dec 12)
  31. Lt icon 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. Lt icon "Tale of Two Mice" (10-Jan-1953) (Reissued as "A Tale of Two Mice")
  2. Lt icon "The Bashful Buzzard" (07-Feb-1953)
  3. Music note "Country Mouse" (14-Mar-1953)
  4. Music note "Little Dutch Plate" (11-Apr-1953)
  5. Lt icon "Ain't That Ducky" (02-May-1953)
  6. Music note "Mighty Hunters" (13-Jun-1953) (The 1st Blue Ribbon Reissue to keep/retain the original titles and credits)
  7. Music note "The Fighting 69½th" (11-Jul-1953) (2nd Blue Ribbon release)
  8. Music note "Sniffles Takes a Trip" (01-Aug-1953)
  9. Music note "Wacky Wild Life" (29-Aug-1953)

1953-1954 Season

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

Warner Club News Stories and Art

<< 1952 Timeline 1954 >>


  2. 2.0 2.1 Daily Variety June 16, 1953. Readable at [1]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4
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