- Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (June 15, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805008942
- ISBN-13: 978-0805008944
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons Paperback – June 15, 1989
About the Author
Jerry Beck is an animation historian and cartoon producer. His over fifteen books on the subject include The Animated Movie Guide, Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide and The 50 Greatest Cartoons. He is also co-founder/co-writer of the popular animation blog, Cartoon Brew.
Beck is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon and Disney, and is currently a consulting producer to Warner Bros., Universal and Disney for their classic animation dvd compilations. Beck has programmed retrospectives for the Annecy and Ottawa Animation Festivals, The Museum of Modern Art and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He has taught animation history at NYU, SVA, the AFI and UCLA. He is the host/producer of the annual “Worst Cartoons Ever” screening at the Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Beck started his career in film distribution, working at MGM/UA, Orion Classics, Cannon Films and Expanded Entertainment (Tournee of Animation), before starting his own company, Streamline Pictures in 1989, the first U.S. distributor to import anime features such as Otomo’s Akira and Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle In The Sky. Beck was instrumental in launching Animation Magazine, and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Beck was also the West Coast Bureau Chief for Kidscreen magazine in 2000. He has also created, written and produced animated films for various clients. His latest animation project, Hornswiggle, recently aired on the Nicktoons Network.
Top Customer Reviews
This guide deals with them all (one reviewer says this is 1,000)- from the beginning with the black and white Bosco cartoons (1930)to the early days of Porky Pig (no, Mel Blanc was not the original voice; he didn't supply Porky's voice until about 1938), to the evolution of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd (Mel Blanc was not the original voice of this character either; Arthur Q Bryan was), Daffy Duck, Tweety, Speedy Gonzales, the 1st color Looney Tune (circa 1942), to the introduction of Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, the Roadrunner and Coyote, Sylvester, jr, the Tasmanian Devil (who became very famous despite the fact that he was only in about 4 cartoons during this period of 4 decades), to the closing of the Warner Bros studio in 1969 (whose final days brought us many forgettable catoon characters like Cool Cat and Merlin the Magical Mouse).
It mentions who directed each cartoon (Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, Tex Avery, and others) who composed the music (often Carl Stalling or Milt Franklyn), and includes a synopsis of each and every cartoon.
A lot of hard work went into putting this together, obviously. If you loved these cartoons as a kid and still do, this book is for you! Th-th-th-th-that's all, folks!
Warner Bros made approximately 1,000 animated shorts between 1930 and 1970. I watched many of them numerous times while growing up. There are lots of others that I have never seen. But at least with this book, I now know what is out there.
Yeah by year each cartoon that was ever made is listed, complete with the people who produced it, date of original release, list of characters, and the plot and story of the cartoon. There's even a list at the back of the book of all the network TV cartoon specials.
If you've ever read anything about the cartoonists that did these cartoons, you know they were probably a bit loony themselves. But Thank God, they had such a creative outlet for their looneyness!
The book is 11 years old, and I would love to see an updated version. Even so, if you're a Warner brothers cartoon fan like me and want a book that is an excellent resource for all these great old cartoons, this book is a must!
You will also find all the TV specials, the feature films, compilations, unreleased, wartime films, etc.
At the end you will also find title index AND a character index.
The only fault is the lack of illustrations. I do think this guide deserves a new and improved edition with more space and more pages for color illustrations.
Still a great buy!
There, don't you feel better knowing this book is about to become yours? This is the "bible" of Warner Cartoons. Each one has been watched and thought about in what must have been a gruelling marathon of cartoon watching (I am SOOO jealous), resulting in a good review (and list of credits) for each and every cartoon made by the studio including some of the offshoots like Pvt Snafu and the cartoons released in the 1980s. If you are a collector of any sort this is really the ESSENTIAL book for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Calling this an 'illustrated' guide is laughable. Thought I would be getting amazing colour images, instead there are a handful of small black and white prints amongst masses of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Simon Thomson
Had this in my library when it first came out...Worn and torn, I am SO glad to get a pristine replacement. This exhaustive tome features 99. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mike Bryant
good, incredibly detailed history & synopsis of each &n every episode! but very few pictures and no color.Published 18 months ago by Kenneth T Lim
If you want a resource book containing 1000 one-paragraph descriptions of every cartoon ever made under the Looney Tunes monicker, including credits - then this is the book for... Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Kennedy
the looney tunes have always been been at the top of my list of animated favorites also this is where i learned about jazz and other forms of music the book describes every... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by frank marino
Super fast delivery and a top quality product, just as advertised. Item was used, as stated, but in supern condition.Published on February 4, 2011 by L. Jackson