That's all Folks! (also known as "So Long, Folks!" in the early Merrie Melodies cartoons) is the Looney Tunes signature closing sequence. It was first used by Bosko and more commonly by Porky Pig in the Golden Age of Animation, before the standard script logo on the bullseye color rings came to use. It had many variations over the years, depending on the situation, which is similar to the Couch Gag opening of The Simpsons, and the Day Is Saved closing of The Powerpuff Girls.
Bosko was the first character to say the phrase starting with the first official Looney Tune, "Sinkin' in the Bathtub". His cartoons ended with him running in front of a sign reading "A Looney Tune" and saying, "That's all, folks!"
The Merrie Melodies of the same time would feature the star of the cartoon running in front of a drum reading "A Merrie Melody", only they would say "So long, folks!" Unlike Looney Tunes, these would change with every cartoon until 1934. In 1934, starting with "Those Beautiful Dames", a jester would announce the "That's all, folks!" sign off for every Merrie Melodies cartoon up to "Flowers for Madame".
It wasn't until 1936 that both series started to use the now-famous script sign-off. The Looney Tunes shorts depicted the text being written on a black background (starting with "The Phantom Ship"), while the Merrie Melodies had it written over the bullseye (starting with "I Wanna Play House").
The Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies adapted different designs for the script sign-off. The Looney Tunes cartoons first used a design that resembles the finalized version. However, the Merrie Melodies had a different first design with a lowercase "f" instead of an uppercase "F" in "Folks". Eventually, the Looney Tunes would adapt to the early Merrie Melodies design starting with "Porky's Moving Day" and would remain with this design up to "Porky's Garden". Despite that, the Merrie Melodies reverted to the early 1936 Looney Tunes design in "Katnip Kollege" and eventually evolved slowly. Eventually in 1940, "Confederate Honey" was released and the ending had the finalized "That's all Folks!" version which is being used today.
1937's "Rover's Rival" made history by introducing Porky Pig's now-iconic sign-off. As an instrumental version of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" played in the background, Porky Pig would pop out of a drum and say "Th-th-that's all, folks!" This was used until 1946, when the Looney Tunes series too adopted the standard script logo on the bullseye like Merrie Melodies. "Hush My Mouse" was the last cartoon to use this sign off.
Starting in 1964 (beginning with "Señorella and the Glass Huarache"), the opening and closing titles were redesigned and the phrase was dropped for both series. This change stuck until the series ended in 1969.
The phrase has returned in most Looney Tunes productions from the 1970s onwards.
Porky Pig returned to signing off the Larry Doyle-produced Looney Tunes in 2003.
The Looney Tunes Show featured its own variations on the gag.
- At the ending of "Milk and Money", Mr. Viper is seen directly under the "That's all folks!" script as it writes itself.
- The ending of Daffy Duck's debut cartoon, "Porky's Duck Hunt", depicts the duck frolicking around a prewritten "That's all folks!" end card.
- In the end of "The Major Lied 'Til Dawn", the elephant says to the audience "That's all, folks!" then the "Merrie Melodies" and "Produced By Leon Schlesinger" credits appear at the top and bottom of the screen as a fast version of the Merrie Melodies ending theme music plays over it.
- In "Old Glory", the ending credits fade in over the waving flag and "The End" appears rather than "That's all Folks!"
- "The Old Grey Hare" ends with Bugs handing Elmer Fudd a lit firecracker. After the iris out, the "That's all Folks!" title card appears, prewritten, and the firecracker exploding off-screen, shaking the on-screen title card.
- "Hare Tonic" and "Baseball Bugs" end with Bugs Bunny bursting out of the Looney Tunes drum to say "And that's the end!"
- A few Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies reissues from 1952-1953, such as "The Bashful Buzzard" and "Daffy Doodles", replaced "That's all folks!" with a generic "The End" card with no animation.
- At the end of "Stop! Look! And Hasten!" the Road Runner spells out the "That's All Folks!" ending card in smoke as he runs on the road.
- "Two Crows from Tacos" had the "That's all Folks!" script, the Merrie Melodies logo, and "A Warner Bros. Cartoon" prewritten fade in on a view of the tree that Jose and Manuel is singing on.
- "Guided Muscle" ends with Wile E. Coyote pulling the "That's all Folks!" end card, pre-signed, across the screen.
- "Whoa, Be-Gone!" ends with the Road Runner pulling down the "That's all Folks!" end card, pre-signed.
- "Boulder Wham!" ends with Wile E. Coyote holding a sign saying "That's all Folks!" before plummeting into the canyon one last time. This is the only time in the DePatie-Freleng era which this signature closing sign-off is ever referenced.
- The Bugs Bunny Road-Runner Movie begins with the "That's all Folks!" signoff. Once it finishes, Bugs places a "NOT" between the "That's" and "All" to show the audience that the movie is just beginning. At the end of the movie, as the signoff starts writing itself, Bugs pops on to stop it. It then erases and writes itself as "That's not quite all Folks!", and Bugs starts the ending credits. As the credits finish rolling, the title fades in as "That's really all Folks!"
- At the end of the edited-for-TV version of "Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century", when the "That's all, folks!" ending rings appear, Marvin the Martian pops out and says to the audience "Don't worry, folks. After all, it's only a cartoon".
- At the end of Friz Freleng's Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, Bugs first does the "That's all Folks!" send-off, but then Porky tells Bugs that it was his line. Bugs then allows Porky to do the send off, but sadly, before he could do the chance, the Iris-Door used in the opening credits, instantly closes on him, Porky just grumbles and says, "D-D-Dirty Guys" as the film fades out.
- At the end of Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales after it writes "That's all Folks!" then added "Merrie Melodies Reg. U.S. Pat. Off.", "A Warner Bros. Cartoon".
- At the end of Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island, The Well is saying "And now I say, without the jokes, Th-th-th-th-th-That's all, Folks." which he imitates Porky Pig.
- At the end of the Disney/Touchstone/Amblin animated/live-action hybrid film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Porky finishes the movie with his famous line "T-T-T-That's all folks!" over the iris-out, followed by Tinker Bell from Disney's Peter Pan sprinkling pixie dust on it.
- "Box Office Bunny" ends with Bugs trapping Daffy and Elmer in a slasher movie and, afterwards, watching their predicament in the cinema while eating popcorn. After the cartoon irises out and the title card finishes with it's ending credits as normal, Daffy and Elmer break out through the title card, screaming and running for their lives. Bugs appears in the hole of the broken card and smiles to the camera as he says "And that's all, folks!"
- At the post-credits of Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Porky comes out of the rings and says his usual "Th-th-th-that's all, folks!" line, but Daffy interrupts him and takes over. After Daffy says the slogan, the back of the WB shield (which credits "Title Animation Written and Directed by CHUCK JONES") smashes him. He peeks his head out to the left side and says, "Fade out!" and the segment ends.
- At the post-credits of "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers", a creepy-looking, Monty Python-esque impostor of Porky Pig pops out of the drum saying a very distorted "Th-Th-Th-Th-That's all, folks!" When Bugs see this, he angrily kicks away the Porky impostor and puts the real Porky Pig into the broken drum. The real Porky then ends the cartoon with his signature "Th-Th-Th-That's all, folks!" line.
- The ending title card of "Little Go Beep" has baby Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner's faces in the closing rings, and after it writes "That's all Folks!" the way a toddler would write, added at the bottom is "Baby Looney Tunes" (predating a cartoon series of the same name aimed at preschoolers two years later), "A Warner Bros. Cartoon". Wile E.'s fang then shines with a twinkle.
- At the post-credits of Space Jam, Bugs, Daffy and Porky argue on whose role to say the "That's all, folks!" line (Bugs firsts says that line, but Porky reprimands him that's his line, but just as Porky is about to say the "That's all, folks!" line, Daffy arrogantly interrupts Porky, only to get knocked off the bullseye rings by the Nerdlucks who perfectly say "That's all, folks!" all in unison). Then Michael Jordan temporarily pulls up the title card like a shade and asks the audience "Can I go home now?" before pulling the title card back to its original position. The "That's all Folks!" script writes itself on the bullseye rings before it fades out to black.
- Looney Tunes Back in Action ends with Porky attempting to say his catchphrase, only to hesitate when the lights turn off. Eventually, he gives up and angrily says "Eh-h-h-h, go home, folks." An alternative scene found on the DVD release shows Tweety being turned into a pterodactyl and about to eat Mr. Chairman his final words being "Th-th-th-that's all folks."
- At the end of Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas, both father and daughter Porky Pig and Priscilla Pig finish the movie by saying Porky's famous line: "T-T-T-That's all folks!", albeit the latter saying it without the former's stutter.
- Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run ends with the "That's all Folks!" script writing itself above the rings in yellow, after which Porky pops out of the bullseye and says his signature sign-off ("Th-Th-That's all, folks!"), only for him to find Daffy having walked in on the set with a corn dog in his hand. Daffy says, in a somewhat rude manner, "Interesting!", during which Porky becomes exasperated and whacks him with a frying pan as he takes a bite off his corn dog.
- Taz-Mania episode "Willie Wombat's Deja Boo-Boo" ended with this line, with Taz doing Porky's signature stutter.
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