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This is a list of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies which were given Blue Ribbon reissues by Warner Bros. between 1943 and 1969.


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Beginning in September 1943, Warner Bros., in a cost-conserving effort, began to re-release its backlog of color cartoons under a new program that they called Merrie Melodies "Blue Ribbon" classics.[1] For the reissue, the original front-and-end title sequences were altered. The revised main title card began with the "zooming" WB logo, followed by the title logo set against a background featuring a "blue ribbon" and a Grand Shorts Award trophy, followed by the name of the cartoon. This revised title sequence eliminated the opening technical credits for the first 13 years. The ending title card was also revised, replacing the original versions, except for the 1943–44 season and half of the 1944–45 season of reissues, such as "A Wild Hare" and "I Love to Singa" when Schlesinger was still producing the cartoons and cartoons in the Merrie Melodies series originally released between 1 September 1944 and 10 July 1948.

"A Feud There Was" was the first cartoon to be re-released with Blue Ribbon titles on 11 September 1943, scrapping the original titles. It was later re-released again 13 September 1952, scrapping the first re-release's Blue Ribbon titles.

The revised title sequences were edited right into the original negative, and thus, the original title sequences were cut away and possibly scrapped, although Tex Avery saved a few of his shorts' original titles from erasure before they were cut.[2] Though some have had their original bullet title sequences and credits restored for official DVD and Blu-ray releases, majority of the re-releases still have the Blue Ribbon credits. In addition, most Blue Ribbon prints of the short, usually through the American and European 1995 Turner prints, appear on television packages throughout the world. Some of them, like "A Wild Hare", have edited lines, although the original unedited version is present on The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 4, Side 1, the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection, The Essential Bugs Bunny, and the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2, Disc 1. Also, several Blue Ribbon prints have altered titles. For example, "A Wild Hare"'s re-release print is also titled "The Wild Hare", "My Little Buckaroo" is titled "My Little Buckeroo", and "The Fella with the Fiddle" is titled "The Fella with a Fiddle". In addition to "A Feud There Was", instead of re-releasing other shorts into the Blue Ribbon program, eight other Blue Ribbon shorts have been re-released twice, scrapping the first re-release titles. They are, "The Cat Came Back" (1944 and 1954), "A Feud There Was", (1943 and 1953) "Of Fox and Hounds", (1944 and 1954), "The Fighting 69½th" (1943 and 1953), "The Early Worm Gets the Bird" (1943 and 1952), "Rhapsody in Rivets" (1947 and 1954), "The Trial of Mr. Wolf" (1946 and 1954) and "Old Glory" (1945 and 1953). However, the latter three were credited Warner Bros. on their first re-release, keeping the first Blue Ribbon re-release closing titles for the second re-release. Starting with the 1947-48 animation season reissues, custom fonts for titles were used. "Dangerous Dan McFoo" was the first cartoon to use this.

The determining of cutting the credits to keeping them would determine which cartoons' copyrights were sold to Associated Artists Productions in 1956, though five cartoons that would remain in Warner Bros.' television packages were re-released under the original 1943 rules and one cartoon that was re-released in the 1952-53 animation season kept its original credits, but still replaced the opening and closing bullet titles.

Later cartoons originally released from August 1948 to 1957 kept the original credits, to save Warner Bros. even more money. These were also edited into the original negative as the titles cut to the credits instead of faded in. Cartoons originally released between 1948 and 1951 and re-released in the 1956-59 animation seasons had their original closing titles kept, regardless if it was in the Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes series. In the 1959-64 animation season, the closing titles were also replaced, except for a few, the ones originally released in the 1956-57 animation season.

For the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD releases, Warner Bros. went through great lengths to track down whatever elements of the original title credits still exist in an effort to re-create as best they could the original versions of the altered 'blue ribbon' shorts. Some pristine prints of the original issues were obtained from the UCLA Film and Television Archive. As a result, such cartoons as "I Love to Singa" and "Book Revue" once again appear as they were originally intended. Unfortunately, there are some "Blue Ribbon" reissue versions of cartoons that are represented on the Golden Collection DVDs as they are the only versions that were made available for exhibition. In any event, to this day there is controversy among animation fans and historians on the alteration of the "Blue Ribbon" releases, primarily the ones re-released between 1943 and 1956.

Description of the Titles

For the first few seconds of this part, the Merrie Melodies logo was shown on top, with the legends "A WARNER BROS. CARTOON", or in the earlier years, "Produced by LEON SCHLESINGER", and either "IN TECHNICOLOR" (1943–48), "Color by TECHNICOLOR" (1948–54), "COLOR BY TECHNICOLOR"/"PRINT BY TECHNICOLOR", or "TECHNICOLOR" (1957–64) being shown on the bottom; both 1954-57, the "PRINT.." variation was used if the cartoon was originally made/released in Cinecolor. Afterwards, the title of the cartoon appeared. The screen darkned upon the viewing of the titles for the 1943-44 and 1944-45 seasons, but after that remained normal. There was one exception to this rule; see "Anomalies" below.

In the 1943-44 and the first half of the 1944-45 season, the original closing was kept, since all of these re-releases credited Leon Schlesinger.

In the second half of the 1944-45 season all the way to the 1948-49 season, all closings were replaced as all these cartoons were originally produced by Leon Schlesinger. The cartoons kept their original closing music, if before "Plenty of Money and You", kept their original closing stock titles.

Starting with 1949-50, cartoons from Eddie Selzer started to be re-released and the Merrie Melodies kept their original closing rings while the Looney Tunes were replaced with the Blue Ribbon closing. Starting in 1954-55 season, four Looney Tunes kept their original closings. They went back briefly to Blue Ribbon closings in the 1955-56 animation season. Starting in the 1954-55 animation series, Merrie Melodies originally produced in Cinecolor had their closings replaced.

Beginning with the 1956-57 season, the part where the cartoon's title being showed on the aforementioned background was eliminated. Instead, the original technical credits were shown, though the rings, andsometimes the closing if it was select shorts from 1959-64, but not the original opening and closing music, were still replaced. The original closing was always kept if re-released between 1956 and 1959, regardless of which series the short was originally in.

If the cartoon was reissued and credits Schlesinger's name, the original closing is kept. Some of these old reissues have been reissued twice and have replaced these old titles with the latest reissue.

Cartoons reissued that were originally released from 1937-1940 kept the original closing music, but rings and titles were replaced.

Cartoons reissued that were originally released from September 1944-1951 in the Merrie Melodies category kept their original closings as they were produced by Eddie Selzer and reissued during his career; for example, "Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears" was released in 1944 of September, the first cartoon produced by Selzer. It started with the 1951-52 opening rings, one red ring a red background and blue rings, but closed with the original 1944 red background blue rings, as the closing said "Produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons Inc." at the end. Only shorts originally released in the Looney Tunes series or cinecolor had the Blue Ribbon closing titles, except for shorts re-released in the 1956-59 animation seasons and "Dough for the Do-Do". The 1959-64 season had the closing titles replaced as well.

Cartoons in the Looney Tunes category originally released in 1942-1948 had all credits cut. There were four exceptions to the rule.

From the 1949-1950 through 1957-1958 release seasons, the Blue Ribbon reissues were assigned new production numbers which appeared below the WB shield on the main title. During the time of the cartoon studio's shutdown, the 1953-1954 (#'s 1351-1363) and 1954-1955 (#'s 1364-1377) reissue production number groups ran back to back.

Only color cartoons were eligible to be reissued in this program. Cartoons in Cinecolor had different rings than Technicolor. Cinecolor rings in the 1947-48 season were red background with yellow-greenish rings; the cartoons in Technicolor did not use these rings until after "You Were Never Duckier". Cartoons in 1948-49 season had blue background with yellow-orangish rings; this is the same as the Technicolor rings.


The 1940 cartoon "The Mighty Hunters" was the one exception to the original rule. The 1952-53 opening rings and "Blue Ribbon" title card were shown as normal, but then proceeded to the original technical credits. This was the only cartoon which ended up in the a.a.p. package (released prior to August 1, 1948) to be reissued under the 1956-57 and later rules.

On the other hand, only five cartoons which WB would keep for their own TV packages released 1 August 1948 or later were reissued under the original 1943 rules; the technical credits are removed. These were: "Daffy Dilly", "The Foghorn Leghorn", "Kit for Cat", "Scaredy Cat" and "You Were Never Duckier". The latter cartoon was reissued in the 1954-55 season, while the others were reissued during the 1955-56 season.

"The Foghorn Leghorn", "Scaredy Cat" and "You Were Never Duckier" kept their original closing titles for the reissue.

"Kit for Cat" was the only Looney Tunes while the rest are Merrie Melodies. "Daffy Dilly" is the only one of those five to not have its original technical credits restored, though they are known to exist. The original titles have been found but are under possession by a museum in Maryland.[citation needed] (December 2018)

"Daffy Dilly" is also the only one of those five to be originally in Cinecolor and the other four were originally in Technicolor.

The other four have their original credits restored. "Kit for Cat" has only the opening restored but with the Blue Ribbon closing rings, although a 1998 "THIS VERSION" print does restore the original closing titles as on the Wideo Wabbit VHS released in Europe. "Kit for Cat" is the only Friz Freleng cartoon in this category and "The Foghorn Leghorn" is the only Robert McKimson in this category. The other three are directed by Chuck Jones.

Notably, Bugs Bunny cartoons were often excluded from being reissued. This was due to those cartoons being billed as Bugs Bunny Specials, a sub-series which Warner Bros. sold to theaters at a higher price. They also allowed theaters to book these cartoons separately if they wanted. Very few cartoons featuring the character were actually reissued under the program: Only 29 cartoons in total were reissued, and only "A Wild Hare" and "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" were reissued under the 1943-1956 rules, with the tiles and credits removed. The other twenty seven were reissued under the 1956-1964 rules, with opening rings removed, titles and credits kept, and end card from the 1956-1959 reissue season kept.

Later cartoons re-released in the 1967-69 season were re-released with their original titles, or for the case of "Knights Must Fall", the first reissue titles, due to low budgets from Warner Bros.-Seven Arts.

Recreated Titles

Two pre-1948 shorts' USA and EU 1995 dubbed transfers contain recreated Blue Ribbon titles. These shorts are:

Reissued Cartoons

Title Original release date Original series Reissue season Reissue release date
"Country Mouse" 1935-07-13 MM 1952–53 1953-03-14
"The Merry Old Soul" 1935-08-17 MM 1951–52 1952-08-02
"The Lady in Red" 1935-09-07 MM 1951–52 1951-10-13
"Little Dutch Plate" 1935-10-19 MM 1952–53 1953-04-11
"Flowers for Madame" 1935-11-30 MM 1950–51 1951-02-03
"The Cat Came Back" 1936-02-08 MM 1943–44, 1953–54 1944-07-15, 1954-06-05
"I'm a Big Shot Now" 1936-04-11 MM 1944–45 1945-06-04[3]
"Let It Be Me" 1936-05-09 MM 1944–45 1944-09-16
"When I Yoo Hoo" 1936-06-27 MM 1944–45 1945-02-24
"I Love to Singa" 1936-07-18 MM 1944–45 1944-11-18
"Sunday Go to Meetin' Time" 1936-08-08 MM 1944–45 1944-10-28
"Don't Look Now" 1936-11-07 MM 1947–48 1948-04-10
"He Was Her Man" 1937-01-02 MM 1948–49 1949-04-02
"Pigs Is Pigs" 1937-01-30 MM 1946–47 1947-02-22
"I Only Have Eyes for You" 1937-05-18 MM 1944–45 1945-03-17
"The Fella with the Fiddle" 1937-03-27 MM 1944–45 1945-01-20
"Ain't We Got Fun" 1937-05-01 MM 1944–45 1945-04-21
"Sweet Sioux" 1937-07-03 MM 1943–44 1944-04-08
"Plenty of Money and You" 1937-07-31 MM 1944–45 1944-12-09
"A Sunbonnet Blue" 1937-08-21 MM 1945–46 1945-11-17
"Speaking of the Weather" 1937-09-04 MM 1944–45 1945-07-21
"I Wanna Be a Sailor" 1937-09-25 MM 1948–49 1949-04-30
"The Lyin' Mouse" 1937-10-16 MM 1945–46 1945-12-22
"Little Red Walking Hood" 1937-11-06 MM 1945–46 1946-08-17
"September in the Rain" 1937-12-18 MM 1944–45 1944-09-30
"Daffy Duck & Egghead" 1938-01-01 MM 1945–46 1946-04-20
"My Little Buckaroo" 1938-01-29 MM 1943–44 1943-11-06
"The Sneezing Weasel" 1938-03-12 MM 1946–47 1947-07-26
"Now That Summer Is Gone" 1938-05-14 MM 1946–47 1947-11-22
"Katnip Kollege" 1938-06-11 MM 1945–46 1946-05-04
"Have You Got Any Castles?" 1938-06-25 MM 1946–47 1947-02-01
"The Isle of Pingo Pongo" 1938-05-28 MM 1943–44 1944-08-19
"A Feud There Was" 1938-09-24 MM 1943–44, 1952–53 1943-09-11, 1952-09-13
"Little Pancho Vanilla" 1938-10-08 MM 1947–48 1948-03-20
"Johny Smith and Poker-Huntas" 1938-10-22 MM 1945–46 1946-06-22
"You're an Education" 1938-11-05 MM 1946–47 1946-10-26
"The Night Watchman" 1938-11-19 MM 1945–46 1946-05-18
"The Mice Will Play" 1938-12-31 MM 1948–49 1949-08-06
"Dog Gone Modern" 1939-01-14 MM 1946–47 1947-06-14
"Robin Hood Makes Good" 1939-02-11 MM 1945–46 1946-07-06
"A Day at the Zoo" 1939-03-11 MM 1952–53 1952-11-08
"Prest-O Change-O" 1939-03-25 MM 1948–49 1949-02-05
"Thugs with Dirty Mugs" 1939-05-06 MM 1943–44 1944-06-03
"Hobo Gadget Band" 1939-05-27 MM 1947–48 1948-02-14
"Old Glory" 1939-07-01 MM 1944–45, 1953–54 1945-08-25, 1953-09-12
"Dangerous Dan McFoo" 1939-07-15 MM 1947–48 1948-01-31
"Little Brother Rat" 1939-09-02 MM 1945–46 1946-06-08
"Sioux Me" 1939-09-09 MM 1950–51 1951-07-21
"The Little Lion Hunter" 1939-10-07 MM 1945–46 1946-03-23
"The Good Egg" 1939-10-21 MM 1946–47 1946-01-05
"Fresh Fish" 1939-11-04 MM 1945–46 1946-04-06
"Fagin's Freshman" 1939-11-18 MM 1950–51 1950-09-16
"Sniffles and the Bookworm" 1939-12-02 MM 1951–52 1951-11-10
"The Curious Puppy" 1939-12-30 MM 1947–48 1948-04-24
"The Early Worm Gets the Bird" 1940-01-13 MM 1943–44, 1952–53 1943-10-02, 1952-11-29
"Mighty Hunters" 1940-01-27 MM 1952–53 1953-06-13
"Busy Bakers" 1940-02-10 MM 1944–45 1945-10-20
"Cross Country Detours" 1940-03-16 MM 1943–44 1944-01-15
"The Bear's Tale" 1940-04-13 MM 1943–44 1944-03-11
"Sniffles Takes a Trip" 1940-05-11 MM 1952–53 1953-08-01
"Tom Thumb in Trouble" 1940-06-08 MM 1949–50 1949-09-24
"Circus Today" 1940-06-22 MM 1947–48 1948-05-22
"Little Blabbermouse" 1940-07-06 MM 1947–48 1948-06-12
"The Egg Collector" 1940-07-20 MM 1948–49 1949-07-16
"A Wild Hare" 1940-07-27 MM 1943–44 1944-06-17
"Stage Fright" 1940-09-28 MM 1950–51 1951-06-23
"Wacky Wild Life" 1940-11-09 MM 1952–53 1953-08-29
"Bedtime for Sniffles" 1940-11-23 MM 1948–49 1949-01-01
"Of Fox and Hounds" 1940-12-07 MM 1943–44, 1953–54 1944-05-13, 1954-02-06
"The Fighting 69½th" 1941-01-18 MM 1943–44, 1952–53 1943-12-04, 1953-07-11
"Sniffles Bells the Cat" 1941-02-01 MM 1946–47 1947-09-20
"The Cat's Tale" 1941-03-01 MM 1946–47 1947-03-29
"Goofy Groceries" 1941-03-29 MM 1946–47 1947-04-19
"Toy Trouble" 1941-04-12 MM 1949–50 1949-12-31
"The Trial of Mr. Wolf" 1941-04-26 MM 1945–46, 1954–55 1946-02-09, 1954-12-25
"Farm Frolics" 1941-05-10 MM 1949–50 1949-10-15
"Hollywood Steps Out" 1941-05-24 MM 1947–48 1948-10-02
"Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" 1941-06-07 MM 1943–44 1944-02-12
"The Wacky Worm" 1941-06-21 MM 1946–47 1946-10-12
"Inki and the Lion" 1941-07-19 MM 1949–50 1950-05-20
"Snowtime for Comedy" 1941-08-30 MM 1951–52 1952-04-12
"The Brave Little Bat" 1941-09-27 MM 1951–52 1952-03-15
"The Bug Parade" 1941-10-11 MM 1951–52 1952-07-12
"The Cagey Canary" 1941-11-22 MM 1946–47 1947-10-11
"Rhapsody in Rivets" 1941-12-06 MM 1946–47, 1954–55 1947-08-16, 1954-09-11
"Hop, Skip and a Chump" 1942-01-03 MM 1948–49 1949-03-05
"Horton Hatches the Egg" 1942-04-11 MM 1948–49 1949-06-18
"Double Chaser" 1942-06-27 MM 1949–50 1950-03-25
"The Squawkin' Hawk" 1942-08-08 MM 1947–48 1948-07-10
"Fox Pop" 1942-09-05 MM 1946–47 1946-09-28
"The Hep Cat" 1942-10-03 LT 1949–50 1949-11-12
"The Sheepish Wolf" 1942-10-17 MM 1949–50 1950-03-04
"A Tale of Two Kitties" 1942-11-21 MM 1947–48 1948-07-31
"My Favorite Duck" 1942-12-05 LT 1949–50 1950-01-28
"Pigs in a Polka" 1943-02-06 MM 1947–48 1948-08-14
"The Fifth-Column Mouse" 1943-03-06 MM 1949–50 1950-04-22
"Flop Goes the Weasel" 1943-03-20 MM 1948–49 1949-05-21
"The Unbearable Bear" 1943-04-17 MM 1950–51 1950-12-09
"Greetings Bait" 1943-05-15 MM 1947–48 1948-08-28
"The Aristo-cat" 1943-06-19 MM 1950–51 1950-11-11
"Hiss and Make Up" 1943-09-11 MM 1947–48 1948-09-18
"Fin 'n' Catty" 1943-10-23 MM 1948–49 1948-12-11
"Inki and the Minah Bird" 1943-11-13 MM 1948–49 1949-08-20
"An Itch in Time" 1943-12-04 MM 1948–49 1948-10-30
"Tick Tock Tuckered" 1944-04-08 LT 1949–50 1950-06-03
"Swooner Crooner" 1944-05-06 LT 1948–49 1949-02-12
"Duck Soup to Nuts" 1944-05-27 LT 1950–51 1951-01-06
"Slightly Daffy" 1944-06-17 MM 1950–51 1950-10-14
"From Hand to Mouse" 1944-08-05 LT 1951–52 1952-02-09
"Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears" 1944-09-02 MM 1951–52 1951-12-01
"Lost and Foundling" 1944-09-30 MM 1949–50 1950-08-26
"Booby Hatched" 1944-10-14 LT 1949–50 1950-07-01
"The Stupid Cupid" 1944-11-25 LT 1950–51 1951-09-01
"Odor-able Kitty" 1945-01-06 LT 1950–51 1951-04-21
"Trap Happy Porky" 1945-02-24 LT 1949–50 1950-08-05
"Life with Feathers" 1945-02-24 MM 1950–51 1951-03-03
"Ain't That Ducky" 1945-05-19 LT 1952–53 1953-05-02
"Tale of Two Mice" 1945-06-30 LT 1952–53 1953-01-10
"Fresh Airedale" 1945-08-25 MM 1951–52 1952-08-30
"The Bashful Buzzard" 1945-09-15 LT 1952–53 1953-02-07
"Peck Up Your Troubles" 1945-10-20 MM 1950–51 1951-03-24
"Book Revue" 1946-01-05 LT 1950–51 1951-05-19
"Holiday for Shoestrings" 1946-02-23 MM 1951–52 1951-09-15
"Baby Bottleneck" 1946-03-16 LT 1951–52 1952-06-14
"Daffy Doodles" 1946-04-06 LT 1952–53 1952-10-11
"Hush My Mouse" 1946-05-04 LT 1951–52 1952-05-03
"The Eager Beaver" 1946-07-13 MM 1953–54 1953-11-28
"Of Thee I Sting" 1946-08-17 LT 1951–52 1952-01-12
"Walky Talky Hawky" 1946-08-31 MM 1953–54 1953-10-17
"Fair and Worm-er" 1946-09-28 MM 1955–56 1955-10-22
"The Mouse-Merized Cat" 1946-10-19 MM 1955–56 1955-11-26
"Mouse Menace" 1946-11-02 LT 1953–54 1954-08-14
"Roughly Squeaking" 1946-11-23 LT 1953–54 1954-02-27
"One Meat Brawl" 1947-01-18 MM 1953–54 1954-07-10
"The Goofy Gophers" 1947-01-25 LT 1954–55 1955-07-23
"The Gay Anties" 1947-02-15 MM 1953–54 1954-04-24
"Scent-imental over You" 1947-03-08 LT 1953–54 1953-12-26
"Birth of a Notion" 1947-04-12 LT 1953–54 1953-11-07
"Tweetie Pie" 1947-05-03 MM 1954–55 1955-06-25
"Hobo Bobo" 1947-05-17 MM 1953–54 1954-04-03
"Along Came Daffy" 1947-06-14 LT 1953–54 1954-07-24
"Inki at the Circus" 1947-06-21 MM 1954–55 1954-10-16
"Crowing Pains" 1947-07-12 LT 1954–55 1955-04-23
"The Foxy Duckling" 1947-08-23 MM 1954–55 1954-11-06
"House Hunting Mice" 1947-09-06 LT 1954–55 1955-04-02
"Little Orphan Airedale" 1947-10-04 LT 1955–56 1956-08-04
"Doggone Cats" 1947-10-25 MM 1955–56 1955-09-10
"A Horse Fly Fleas" 1947-12-13 LT 1955–56 1956-07-07
"Two Gophers from Texas" 1948-01-17 MM 1955–56 1956-03-31
"What's Brewin', Bruin?" 1948-02-26 LT 1954–55 1955-08-20
"Back Alley Oproar" 1948-03-27 MM 1954–55 1955-02-05
"I Taw a Putty Tat" 1948-04-02 MM 1955–56 1956-02-25
"Hop, Look and Listen" 1948-04-17 LT 1954–55 1955-06-04
"Bone Sweet Bone" 1948-05-22 MM 1955–56 1956-01-21
"The Rattled Rooster" 1948-06-26 LT 1955–56 1955-10-22
"The Shell Shocked Egg" 1948-07-10 MM 1954–55 1954-11-27
"You Were Never Duckier" 1948-08-07 MM 1954–55 1955-02-26
"Hot Cross Bunny" 1948-08-21 MM 1959–60
"The Pest That Came to Dinner" 1948-09-11 LT 1957–58
"Hare Splitter" 1948-09-25 MM 1957–58
"The Foghorn Leghorn" 1948-10-09 MM 1955–56 1955-12-24
"Daffy Dilly" 1948-10-30 MM 1955–56 1956-08-18
"Kit for Cat" 1948-11-06 LT 1955–56 1956-04-21
"My Bunny Lies over the Sea" 1948-12-04 MM 1958–59
"Scaredy Cat" 1948-12-18 MM 1955–56 1956-06-02
"Wise Quackers" 1949-01-01 LT 1958–59
"Awful Orphan" 1949-01-29 MM 1957–58
"Mississippi Hare" 1949-02-26 LT 1957–58
"Paying the Piper" 1949-03-12 LT 1956–57 1956-10-20
"Daffy Duck Hunt" 1949-03-26 LT 1956–57 1956-11-17
"Rebel Rabbit" 1949-04-09 MM 1957–58
"Mouse Wreckers" 1949-04-23 LT 1956–57 1957-03-09
"High Diving Hare" 1949-04-30 LT 1958–59
"The Bee-Deviled Bruin" 1949-05-14 MM 1958–59
"Bowery Bugs" 1949-06-04 MM 1958–59
"Mouse Mazurka" 1949-06-11 MM 1956–57 1956-09-15
"Henhouse Henery" 1949-07-02 LT 1956–57 1956-12-01
"Knights Must Fall" 1949-07-16 MM 1959–60, 1967–68 1967-10-28
"Bad Ol' Putty Tat" 1949-07-23 MM 1956–57 1957-06-29
"The Grey Hounded Hare" 1949-08-06 LT 1961–62
"Often an Orphan" 1949-08-13 LT 1959–60
"Dough for the Do-Do" 1949-09-03 MM 1956–57 1957-04-06
"Fast and Furry-ous" 1949-09-17 LT 1956–57 1957-04-27
"Each Dawn I Crow" 1949-09-24 MM 1956–57 1957-06-15
"Swallow the Leader" 1949-10-15 LT 1956–57 1957-01-19
"Bye, Bye Bluebeard" 1949-10-22 MM 1961–62
"For Scent-imental Reasons" 1949-11-12 LT 1956–57 1957-02-02
"Hippety Hopper" 1949-11-19 MM 1956–57 1957-08-24
"Bear Feat" 1949-12-10 LT 1956–57 1957-05-18
"Rabbit Hood" 1949-12-24 MM 1961–62
"A Ham in a Role" 1949-12-31 LT 1959–60
"Home, Tweet Home" 1950-01-14 MM 1957–58
"Hurdy-Gurdy Hare" 1950-01-21 MM 1959–64
"Boobs in the Woods" 1950-01-28 LT 1958–59
"Mutiny on the Bunny" 1950-02-11 LT 1967–68 1968-01-20
"The Lion's Busy" 1950-02-18 LT 1960–61
"The Scarlet Pumpernickel" 1950-03-04 LT 1957–58
"Homeless Hare" 1950-03-11 MM 1961–62
"Strife with Father" 1950-04-01 MM 1961–62 September 1961
"The Hypo-Chondri-Cat" 1950-04-15 MM 1957–58
"The Leghorn Blows at Midnight" 1950-05-06 LT 1957–58 November 1957
"His Bitter Half" 1950-05-20 MM 1957–58
"An Egg Scramble" 1950-05-27 MM 1958–59
"All a Bir-r-r-d" 1950-06-24 LT 1957–58
"8 Ball Bunny" 1950-07-08 LT 1959–64
"It's Hummer Time" 1950-07-22 LT 1957–58
"Golden Yeggs" 1950-08-05 MM 1958–59
"Dog Gone South" 1950-08-26 MM 1958–59
"The Ducksters" 1950-09-02 LT 1959–60
"A Fractured Leghorn" 1950-09-16 MM 1957–58
"Canary Row" 1950-10-07 MM 1958–59
"Stooge for a Mouse" 1950-10-21 MM 1957–58
"Pop 'Im Pop!" 1950-10-28 LT 1957–58
"Caveman Inki" 1950-11-25 LT 1957–58
"Dog Collared" 1950-12-02 MM 1958–59
"Rabbit of Seville" 1950-12-16 LT 1969 1969-01-18
"Two's a Crowd" 1950-12-30 LT 1958–59 1958-11-22
"A Fox in a Fix" 1951-01-20 MM 1958–59
"Canned Feud" 1951-02-03 LT 1958–59
"Putty Tat Trouble" 1951-02-24 LT 1959–60
"Corn Plastered" 1951-03-03 MM 1960–61
"Bunny Hugged" 1951-03-10 MM 1960–61
"Scent-imental Romeo" 1951-03-24 MM 1958–59
"A Bone for a Bone" 1951-04-07 LT 1959–60
"A Hound for Trouble" 1951-04-28 LT 1961–62
"Early to Bet" 1951-05-12 MM 1958-59
"Rabbit Fire" 1951-05-19 LT 1960–61
"Room and Bird" 1951-06-02 MM 1960–61
"Chow Hound" 1951-06-16 LT 1959–60
"French Rarebit" 1951-06-30 MM 1959–64
"The Wearing of the Grin" 1951-07-14 MM 1960–61
"Leghorn Swoggled" 1951-07-28 MM 1961–62
"His Hare Raising Tale" 1951-08-11 LT 1960–61
"Cheese Chasers" 1951-08-25 MM 1959–60
"Lovelorn Leghorn" 1951-09-08 LT 1959–60
"Tweety's S.O.S." 1951-09-22 MM 1959–60
"Ballot Box Bunny" 1951-10-06 MM 1960–61
"A Bear for Punishment" 1951-10-20 MM 1959–60
"Sleepy Time Possum" 1951-11-03 MM 1959–60
"Drip-Along Daffy" 1951-11-17 MM 1959–60
"Big Top Bunny" 1951-12-01 MM 1962–63
"Tweet Tweet Tweety" 1951-12-15 LT 1960–61
"The Prize Pest" 1951-12-22 LT 1959–60
"Who's Kitten Who?" 1952-01-05 LT 1959–60
"Feed the Kitty" 1952-02-02 MM 1960–61
"Gift Wrapped" 1952-02-16 LT 1960–61
"Thumb Fun" 1952-03-01 LT 1960–61
"14 Carrot Rabbit" 1952-03-15 LT 1959-64
"Little Beau Pepé" 1952-03-29 MM 1960–61
"Kiddin' the Kitten" 1952-04-05 MM 1960–61
"Sock a Doodle Do" 1952-05-10 LT 1961–62
"Beep, Beep" 1952-05-24 MM 1960–61
"Ain't She Tweet" 1952-06-21 LT 1961–62
"Cracked Quack" 1952-07-05 MM 1960–61
"Hoppy Go Lucky" 1952-08-09 MM 1967–68 1968-03-16
"A Bird in a Guilty Cage" 1952-08-30 LT 1961–62
"Fool Coverage" 1952-12-13 LT 1961–62
"Don't Give Up the Sheep" 1953-01-03 LT 1969 1969-03-22
"Forward March Hare" 1953-02-14 LT 1969 1969-05-24
"Upswept Hare" 1953-03-14 MM 1962–63
"A Peck o' Trouble" 1953-03-28 LT 1961–62
"Fowl Weather" 1953-04-04 MM 1959–64
"Muscle Tussle" 1953-04-18 MM 1959–64
"Southern Fried Rabbit" 1953-05-02 LT 1969 1969-07-12
"Tom Tom Tomcat" 1953-07-27 MM 1961-62
"Cat-Tails for Two" 1953-08-29 MM 1962–63
"Easy Peckin's" 1953-10-17 LT 1962–63
"Of Rice and Hen" 1953-11-14 LT 1969 1969-02-15
"Dog Pounded" 1954-01-02 LT 1962–63
"No Barking" 1954-02-27 MM 1962–63
"Design for Leaving" 1954-03-27 LT 1959–64
"Bell Hoppy" 1954-04-17 MM 1962–63
"Satan's Waitin'" 1954-08-07 LT 1962–63
"Gone Batty" 1954-09-04 LT 1963–64
"From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" 1954-10-16 LT 1963–64
"Quack Shot" 1954-10-30 MM 1969 1969-07-19
"Pests for Guests" 1955-01-29 MM 1963–64
"Lighthouse Mouse" 1955-03-12 MM 1967–68 1967-12-16
"A Kiddies Kitty" 1955-08-20 MM 1963–64 1964-8-15
"Weasel Stop" 1956-02-11 MM 1963–64
"The High and the Flighty" 1956-02-18 MM 1963–64
"Raw! Raw! Rooster!" 1956-08-25 LT 1963–64
"Yankee Dood It" 1956-10-13 MM 1963–64
"Tweet Zoo" 1957-01-12 MM 1963–64
"Fox-Terror" 1957-05-11 MM 1963–64 1964-8-29
"Tabasco Road" 1957-07-20 MM 1963–64
"Birds Anonymous" 1957-08-10 MM 1963–64
"Greedy for Tweety" 1957-09-28 LT 1963–64
"Gonzales' Tamales" 1957-11-30 LT 1967-68 1968-07-10
"Hare-Way to the Stars" 1958-03-29 LT 1967-68 1968-06-08
"Baton Bunny" 1959-01-10 LT 1967–68 1968-04-20

Cartoons with Technical Credits Restored on DVD

Many of the above cartoons have been restored for DVD release as part of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection series. However, only a handful of cartoons that were reissued prior to the 1956-57 season have their original technical credits restored. These are:

  • "I Love to Singa" (original opening and credits)
  • "Speaking of the Weather" (original opening, credits and ending)
  • "Little Red Walking Hood" (original opening, credits and ending)
  • "Daffy Duck and Egghead" (original opening, credits and ending)
  • "The Night Watchman" (original opening, credits and ending)
  • "The Bear's Tale" (original opening and credits)
  • "The Trial of Mr. Wolf" (original opening, credits and ending)
  • "Book Revue" (original opening, credits and ending)
  • "Holiday for Shoestrings" (original opening and credits)
  • "Baby Bottleneck" (original opening, credits and ending)
  • "Crowing Pains" (original opening and credits)
  • "Back Alley Oproar" (original opening and credits)
  • "You Were Never Duckier" (original opening and credits)
  • "The Foghorn Leghorn" (original opening and credits)
  • "Kit for Cat" (original opening and credits, blue ribbon ending)
  • "Scaredy Cat" (original opening and credits)

In addition, "A Wild Hare", reissued as "The Wild Hare", and "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" were given a similar treatment for the DVD set Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection.

There are three cartoons released after 1948 which have had their original title sequences restored on DVD. "Dog Gone South", "A Ham in a Role" and "It's Hummer Time" are restored on Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 6 and "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" has been restored on Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection.

"Canary Row", "Home, Tweet Home" and "Canned Feud" restore the original opening on the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection DVD sets.

"A Ham in a Role" and "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z" restore the original opening and ending.

"Dog Gone South" and "It's Hummer Time" restore the original openings.

"Hop, Look and Listen" had its original opening, like "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" restored for its 1995 dubbed version. In 2013, the opening and ending were reunited when the former came out on Looney Tunes Super Stars' Sylvester & Hippety Hopper: Marsupial Mayhem. The latter had its ending restored with opening on the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection DVD. This version was double-dipped on the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 3 set.

On Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD releases, "Bell Hoppy" and "Fool Coverage" restore the original opening and ending, and "The Pest That Came to Dinner", "Pop 'Im Pop!" and "Dog Collared" restore the original opening.

The original color rings for "Hot Cross Bunny", "Hare Splitter", "Knights Must Fall" and "Upswept Hare" were restored for the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set.

Titles Not Yet Restored for DVD/Blu-ray Releases

The titles for "Bone Sweet Bone" are restored for TV, but has not been released on DVD. However, the original copy with the original titles has problems of its own, as split cuts in this copy cut out the ending lines from when the dog says, "If you think for a moment that this little incident is going to upset me--" then it cuts to him freaking out. The rest of his line, "you're absolutely right", is missing in the original title print. The Blue Ribbon print does not have these split-cuts.

The original titles for "Sunday Go to Meetin' Time", "The Merry Old Soul",[4] "September in the Rain", "Tweetie Pie", "Tale of Two Mice", "House Hunting Mice", "Doggone Cats", "I Taw a Putty Tat" and "Daffy Dilly" are known to exist. However, the original audio is also required for the short to be present restored on a home video release.

The titles for "A Day at the Zoo", "Of Fox and Hounds", "The Isle of Pingo Pongo", "Don't Look Now", "Wacky Wild Life", "Johny Smith and Poker-Huntas", "Thugs with Dirty Mugs", "A Feud There Was", "The Early Worm Gets the Bird", "Circus Today", "The Mice Will Play", "Fresh Fish", "Cross Country Detours" and "I Only Have Eyes for You" were found on eBay in 2007, but never released on DVD.

Sketches and photos of the original titles for "Katnip Kollege", "Farm Frolics", "Sioux Me", "Horton Hatches the Egg", "The Fifth-Column Mouse", "Pigs in a Polka", "The Mouse-Merized Cat", "Mouse Menace", "Plenty of Money and You", "The Sneezing Weasel", "Old Glory", "You're an Education", "Along Came Daffy", "The Cagey Canary", "Slightly Daffy" and "An Itch in Time" have surfaced, but their real titles have not been found.

The original color rings for "All a Bir-r-r-d", "8 Ball Bunny", "Cat-Tails for Two", "Boobs in the Woods", "The Scarlet Pumpernickel", "The Ducksters", "For Scent-imental Reasons", "Fast and Furry-ous", "Daffy Duck Hunt", "Drip-Along Daffy", "Rabbit Hood", "Beep, Beep", "No Barking", "Henhouse Henery", "His Bitter Half", "His Hare Raising Tale", "An Egg Scramble", "Mighty Hunters", "A Kiddies Kitty", "Tabasco Road", "A Peck o' Trouble", "Prince Violent", "The Prize Pest", "Rebel Rabbit", "Rabbit Fire", "The Wearing of the Grin" and "Fowl Weather" are known to exist.

While their original titles are lost, cartoons such as "Swallow the Leader", "Bye, Bye Bluebeard", "Homeless Hare", "The Leghorn Blows at Midnight", "A Fractured Leghorn", "Kiddin' the Kitten", "Sock a Doodle Do", "Muscle Tussle", "Easy Peckin's", "Design for Leaving", "Satan's Waitin'", "Gone Batty", "Weasel Stop", "The High and the Flighty", "Raw! Raw! Rooster!" and "Greedy for Tweety" are rumored to exist through recordings on TV stations, mostly the ones overseas America or on Brazilian TV, or old faded and low quality recordings from the 1970s-80s, unfortunately, some may be considered lost as well.[citation needed] (December 2020)

The HBO Max streaming service has restored the original titles for "The Lady in Red", "When I Yoo Hoo", "Fresh Fish", "The Rattled Rooster", "Two's a Crowd", "Leghorn Swoggled" and "Sleepy Time Possum", although "The Lady in Red" has it's original audio music on the title card recreated as well as the ending, which was most likely plastered from "Billboard Frolics" while "When I Yoo Hoo" still uses the reissue closing titles.

MeTV aired a restored version of "Cross Country Detours" with the original titles before it was released to DVD or HBO Max.

See Also

Further Reading

  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons, by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald (1989), Henry Holt, ISBN 0-8050-0894-2
  • Chuck Amuck : The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist by Chuck Jones, published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, ISBN 0-374-12348-9
  • That's Not All, Folks! by Mel Blanc, Philip Bashe. Warner Books, ISBN 0-446-39089-5 (Softcover) ISBN 0-446-51244-3 (Hardcover)
  • Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, Leonard Maltin, Revised Edition 1987, Plume ISBN 0-452-25993-2 (Softcover) ISBN 0-613-64753-X (Hardcover)