Monday, March 09, 2015

Also Porky!

Since we're on the subject of anniversaries (and related celebrations -- March 9th is clearly an auspicious day in the annals of animation) Professor Sito reminds us:

Happy 80th Birthday Porky Pig, in the short "I haven't got a hat" March 9, 1935.

It could really be called the beginning of what we know as Warner Bros Looney Tunes. Because even though Leon Schlesinger's studio had been around since 1930, for those first few years they struggled to find characters that audiences would embrace. Starting with the little stuttering pig named Porky, the classic WB roster of stars began. Daffy in 1937, Bugs and Elmer in 1940, Road Runner and Coyote 1949. ...

During the thirties, the Disney shorts ran the table at Academy Awards time, but the Warner Bros. output is the more fondly remembered today. The Schlesinger Studio didn't have the budgets that Walt's Hyperion plant did, but Chuck, Friz, Bob, Tex and Frank made every nickel count.

And what they lacked in polish, they made up for in sass.


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