An Alternate Looney Tunes

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In OTL, the Looney Tunes series ended after Kinney National Services acquired Warner Bros.-Seven Arts in 1969 and, in an effort to cut costs, shut down its cartoon studio. But what if Kinney decided not to close down the studio?

History

In 1969, Kinney National Services acquired Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, which was renamed to simply Warner Bros. They seriously considered cutting costs by shutting down the animation studio, which reopened in 1967 under the supervision of William L. Hendricks. However, after careful thought, Kinney decided not to shut down the studio.

New characters such as Puff the Magic Dragon, Super Snooper and Jackie, Jolly Roger and Redbeard, and Butch Catsidy were all introduced into the series in 1970, alongside a Li'l Abner television series that ran between 1969 and 1971, and a series of animated Keystone Kops shorts based on the silent comedy series of the same name. New cartoons featuring Cool Cat, Colonel Rimfire, Merlin the Magic Mouse, Norman, Second Banana, Bunny and Claude, and Rapid Rabbit and Quick Brown Fox continued production, and Speedy Gonzales was brought back. A cartoon special with Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, hosted by a birdwatcher character portrayed by Mel Brooks, was made that year as well, marking the first theatrical short starring the characters since 1966.

In 1972, Daffy Duck was brought back after a four-year absence, and more classic characters such as Sylvester and Tweety were reinserted into the series throughout the mid-1970s. In 1976, as part of an effort to improve the series, several cartoons were outsourced to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and Chuck Jones Enterprises, with Warner's own animation unit continuing to make cartoons with McKimson. Notably, Bugs Bunny starred in the Jones short "Helmet Hare", marking his first cartoon since 1964's "False Hare". Two years later, the Keystone Kops and Cartoon Special series ended.

In 1980, Freleng was hired back to lead the studio until his 1986 retirement, handing the position over to his then-secretary Kathleen Helppie. In 1998, after Tiny Toon Adventures ended in this timeline, it became a series of theatrical shorts alongside Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.

Shorts

Seven Arts era

1969

  • "Lights! Camera! Abracadabra!" (LT; McKimson; November 22; with Merlin the Magic Mouse and Second Banana)

1970

  • "Rapid and Ravenous" (MM; McKimson; February 14; with Rapid Rabbit and Quick Brown Fox)
  • "Tiger Claws" (LT; McKimson; March 7; with Cool Cat and Colonel Rimfire)
  • "The Golden Carrot" (LT; McKimson; March 28; with Bunny and Claude)
  • "Puff the Magic Dragon" (MM; McKimson; April 25; with Puff the Magic Dragon; first appearance of Puff the Magic Dragon and the Fire Chief)
  • "Super Snooper" (MM; McKimson; May 9; with Super Snooper and Jackie; first appearances of both)
  • "Road Runner Calvacade with the Bird Watcher" (McKimson; May 23; with Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, and the Bird Watcher; cartoon special)
  • "Jolly Roger" (LT; McKimson; June 13; with Jolly Roger and Redbeard; first appearances of both)
  • "Fuel for Thought" (LT; McKimson; June 27; with Cool Cat)
  • "Very Krazy Kops" (KK; McKimson; July 18; adaptation of the Keystone Kops silent comedies, first short in the Keystone Kops series)
  • "Merlin and the Magic Factory" (MM; McKimson; August 15; with Merlin the Magic Mouse and Second Banana)
  • "A Very Mice Day" (LT; McKimson; September 19; with Speedy Gonzales and Butch Catsidy; first appearance of Butch Catsidy)
  • "Good Times with Pigs" (MM; McKimson; October 10; one-off)
  • "Cool Buggy" (MM; McKimson; October 24; with Norman)
  • "The Pirate Booty" (LT; McKimson; November 21; with Jolly Roger)
  • "Criminals On the Loose!" (KK; McKimson; December 12)

Kinney era

1970

  • "Flames of Wrath" (LT; McKimson; December 26; with Puff the Magic Dragon and the Fire Chief; first short to credit Kinney National Services)

1971

  • "Trial by Treason" (LT; McKimson; January 16; with Cool Cat)
  • "Carrot Munchers" (MM; McKimson; January 30; with Bunny and Claude)
  • "The Real Merlin" (MM; McKimson; February 13; with Merlin the Magic Mouse and Second Banana; first short to have "Kinney Shield" logo on opening/ending titles)
  • "Yarr She Blows!" (LT; McKimson; February 27; with Jolly Roger and Redbeard)
  • "Stars in the Sky" (MM; McKimson; March 20; with Cool Cat)
  • "Fire in the Hole" (LT; McKimson; April 24; with Puff the Magic Dragon and Spooky)
  • "The Robber Begone!" (KK; McKimson; May 28)
  • "Bulls and Cats" (LT; McKimson; July 9; with Cool Cat)
  • "The Carrot Lisa" (MM; McKimson; July 30; with Bunny and Claude)
  • "Criminal Capers" (MM; McKimson; September 18; with Super Snooper)
  • "Old Tricks" (LT; McKimson; October 16; with Rapid Rabbit and Quick Brown Fox)
  • "Nice and Cheesy" (LT; McKimson; October 30; with Speedy Gonzales and Butch Catsidy)
  • "Flowers for Springtime" (LT; McKimson; November 20; with Norman)
  • "Magical Bay" (MM; McKimson; December 18; with Merlin the Magic Mouse)

1972

  • "Fool's Gold" (LT; McKimson; January 15; with Jolly Roger)
  • "Livin' on the Highway" (LT; McKimson; January 29; with Cool Cat)

Warner Communications era

1972

  • "The God-Carrot" (LT; McKimson; February 19; with Bunny and Claude)
  • "Bustin' Out" (KK; McKimson; March 4)
  • "West of the Island" (MM; McKimson; March 25; with Jolly Roger and Redbeard; first short to have "Abstract WB" logo on opening/ending titles since "Go Away Stowaway")
  • "Trial by Fire" (MM; McKimson; April 15; with Poof the Magic Dragon and the Fire Chief)
  • "Shooting 'Em Up" (LT; McKimson; April 29; with Cool Cat, Daffy Duck, and Colonel Rimfire)
  • "Keys to the Castle" (LT; McKimson; May 13; with Merlin the Magic Mouse and Second Banana)
  • "The Amazing Big Bang" (MM; McKimson; May 27; with Super Snooper)
  • "Speedy Goes Crazy" (MM; McKimson; July 14; with Speedy Gonzales and Butch Catsidy)
  • "Carrot Antics" (LT; McKimson; August 18; with Rapid Rabbit and Quick Brown Fox)
  • "Triple-Trouble Theatre" (MM; McKimson; September 1; with Cool Cat)
  • "Milk the Cow" (LT; McKimson; September 8; with Norman)
  • "Spinning and Turning" (LT; McKimson; September 29; with Cool Cat)
  • "Prehistoric Magic" (MM; McKimson; October 13; with Merlin the Magic Mouse)
  • "Class Act" (MM; McKimson; November 3; one-off)
  • "Rimfire's Barbecue" (MM; McKimson; December 16; with Colonel Rimfire; first short to have "Big W" logo on opening/ending titles)

1973

  • "Duck! Duck! Duck!" (LT; McKimson; January 6; with Daffy Duck)
  • "Hip Hip Hooray!" (LT; McKimson; January 27; with Cool Cat and Colonel Rimfire)
  • "Normal Times" (McKimson; February 9; with Norman Normal; cartoon special)
  • "Kops in the Kandy Korn" (KK; McKimson; March 2)
  • "The Wizard of Magic" (MM; McKimson; March 23; with Merlin the Magic Mouse and Second Banana)
  • "Pirate Prize" (MM; McKimson; April 14; with Jolly Roger and Redbeard)
  • "Spooking a Tiger" (LT; McKimson; April 28; with Cool Cat and Spooky)
  • "Quest for the Missing Man" (LT; McKimson; May 11; with Super Snooper)
  • "Bene-Squeak Arnold" (LT; McKimson; May 25; with Speedy Gonzales and Butch Catsidy)
  • "Rabbit's A-Foot" (MM; McKimson; June 8; with Rapid Rabbit and Quick Brown Fox)
  • "24 Carrot Coins" (MM; McKimson; August 10; with Bunny and Claude)
  • "Lucky Black Cat" (LT; McKimson; August 31; with Cool Cat)
  • "Fanatic Fox" (LT; McKimson; September 14; with Rapid Rabbit and Quick Brown Fox)
  • "The Eiffel Tiger" (LT; McKimson; September 28; with Cool Cat and Pepé Le Pew)
  • "Just Plane Magic" (MM; McKimson; November 16; with Merlin the Magic Mouse)

1974

  • "Hip Felines" (LT; McKimson; January 12; with Cool Cat)
  • "The Wonderful Weasel" (MM; McKimson; January 19; one-shot)

1975

1976

DePatie-Freleng and Chuck Jones Productions era

1976

1977

1978

1979

  • "Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol" (LT; Freleng; December 7; with Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, and Porky Pig)
  • "Freeze Frame" (LT; Jones; December 14; with Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote)
  • "Fright Before Christmas" (MM; Freleng; December 21; with Bugs Bunny, Clyde Bunny, Tasmanian Devil, and Speedy Gonzales)

1980

  • "The Yolks on You" (MM; Benedict, Chiniquy, Davis, and Detiege; March 14; with Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn, and Miss Prissy)
  • "The Chocolate Chase" (LT; Freleng; March 21; with Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales)
  • "Daffy Flies North" (MM; Benedict, Chiniquy, Davis, and Detiege; March 28; with Daffy Duck)
  • "Soup Or Sonic" (MM; Jones and Monroe; April 4; with Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote)
  • "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny" (LT; Jones and Monroe; April 11; with Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd)
  • "Spaced Out Bunny" (LT; Jones and Monroe; April 18; with Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian)
  • "Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century" (MM; Jones and Monroe; May 20; with Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian, and Gossamer)

Warner Bros. Animation era

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

  • "The Duxorcist" (Ford and Lennon; November 20; with Daffy Duck and Melissa Duck)
  • "Wabbit Wondah" (Jones; December 19; with Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd)

1988

  • "The Night of the Living Duck" (MM; Ford and Lennon; September 23; with Daffy Duck)

1989

1990

  • "Box Office Bunny" (LT; Van Citters; December 8; with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd)

1991

  • "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers" (MM; Ford and Lennon; October 11; with Bugs Bunny)
  • "(Blooper) Bunny" (LT; Ford and Lennon; October 25; with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Yosemite Sam)

1992

1993

1994

  • "Chariots of Fur" (LT; Jones; December 21; with Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote)

1995

  • "Carrotblanca" (MM; McCarthy and Brandt; August 25; with Bugs Bunny and other characters)
  • "Another Froggy Evening" (LT; Jones; October 6; with Michigan J. Frog and Marvin the Martian)

1996

  • "Superior Duck" (LT; Jones; August 23; with Daffy Duck and Porky Pig)
  • "Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension" (LT; McCarthy; October 23; with Daffy Duck and Marvin the Martian)

1997

  • "Pullet Surprise" (MM; Van Citters; March 26; with Foghorn Leghorn and Pete Puma)
  • "From Hare to Eternity" (LT; Jones; November 4; with Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam)
  • "Father of the Bird" (LT; Fossatti; November 14; with Sylvester and Cornbread)

1998

  • "Return of the Rabbits" (TT; Ruegger; November 14; with Buster and Babs Bunny)

1999

2000

  • "Little Go Beep" (LT; Brandt and Cervone; November 6; with Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote)

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Short series

  • Looney Tunes (1969-)
  • Merrie Melodies (1969-)
  • Keystone Kops (1970-1978)
  • Tiny Toons (1998-)

Television series

Original

  • Li'l Abner (1969-1971)
  • Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1998; 2020-)
  • Animaniacs (1993-2005; 2020-)
  • Pinky and the Brain (1995-2011)
  • Freakazoid! (1995-2003)
  • Duck Dodgers (2003-2008)
  • Looney Tunes: Laff Riot (2010-2020)
  • Looney Tunes Cartoons (2020-)

Anthology

  • Bugs Bunny
    • The Bugs Bunny Show (1960-1962, ABC primetime; 1962-1968 and 1971-1975; Saturday morning reruns)
    • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour (1968-1971; 1975-1978, CBS)
    • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show (1976, CBS primetime; 1978-, ABC Saturday Morning)
    • Bugs 'n' Daffy (1995-1998, Kids WB)
  • Daffy Duck
    • Daffy Duck (1978-1981, NBC)
    • The Daffy/Speedy Show (1981-1982, NBC)
    • The Sylvester & Tweety/Daffy & Speedy Show (1982-1983, CBS)
  • Porky Pig
    • The Porky Pig Show (1964-1965, ABC first run; 1965-1967, reruns)
    • Porky Pig & Friends (1971-1990, syndication)
  • Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner
    • The Road Runner Show (1966-1968, CBS first-run; 1971-1973, ABC reruns)
  • Sylvester and Tweety
    • Sylvester and Tweety (1976-1977, CBS)

Staff

Producers

  • Bill L. Hendricks (1969-1977)
  • David DePatie (1976-1981; DePatie-Freleng shorts)
  • Friz Freleng (1976-1986; DePatie-Freleng shorts from 1976-1981)
  • Chuck Jones (1976-2002; Chuck Jones Enterprises shorts)
  • Hal Geer (1977-1987)
  • Steven S. Greene (1985-1989)
  • Kathleen Helppie-Shipley (1989-)
  • Steven Spielberg (1998-; Tiny Toons shorts)

Directors

  • Robert McKimson (1969-1977)
  • Friz Freleng (1976-1986)
  • Chuck Jones (1976-1997)
  • Greg Ford and Terry Lennon (1987-)
  • Darrell Van Citters (1990-1992)
  • Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (1995-)
  • Stephen J. Fossatti (1997-)
  • Tom Ruegger (1998-; Tiny Toons shorts)
  • Charles Visser (2004-2012)
  • Pete Browngardt (2018-)

Voice actors

* - substitute for Jeff Bergman

  • Mel Blanc (1969-1989) - Bugs, Daffy, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew, Tasmanian Devil, Mac Gopher, Clyde, Claude, Ralph Wolf, Butch Catsidy, Speedy, and Wile E. Coyote
  • Larry Storch (1969-2008) - Cool Cat, Merlin the Magic Mouse, Second Banana, Colonel Rimfire, and Super Snooper
  • Jeff Bergman (1990-) - Bugs, Daffy, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew, Tasmanian Devil, Mac Gopher, Claude, Sheriff, Colonel Rimfire, Ralph Wolf, Butch Catsidy, Super Snooper, Cool Cat, Merlin the Magic Mouse, and Puff the Magic Dragon
  • Joe Alaskey (1988-2016) - Bugs*, Daffy Duck*, Yosemite Sam*, Sylvester*, Wile E. Coyote, Speedy Gonzales, Gossamer, Cool Cat, and Sam Sheepdog
  • Bob Bergen (1990-) - Porky, Marvin the Martian, Tweety, Sylvester, Jr., Clyde Bunny, and Gabby Goat
  • Eric Bauza (2003-) - Bugs*, Daffy*, Sylvester*, Speedy, Gossamer, and Sam Sheepdog
  • J. P. Karliak (2015-) Wile E. Coyote (substitute)
  • June Foray (1971-2017) - Granny and Witch Hazel
  • Candi Milo (1990-) - Bunny, Granny, and Witch Hazel
  • Kath Soucie (1996-) - Honey Bunny
  • B. J. Ward (1987-) Melissa Duck
  • Desirée Goyette (1982-) - Petunia Pig
  • Nancy Cartwright (2001-) - Earl Squirrel
  • Stan Freberg (1975-2015) - Pete Puma
  • John Kassir (1998-) - Buster Bunny and Pete Puma
  • Tara Strong (2006-) - Priscilla Pig

Musicians

  • William Lava (1969-1972; 1987-1996, archive)
  • Walter Greene (1972-1976)
  • Dean Elliott (1976-1987)
  • Harper MacKay (1976-1981; DePatie-Freleng shorts)
  • Milt Franklyn (1987-1996, archive)
  • Carl Stalling (1987-1996, archive)
  • Hummie Mann (1990-)
  • George Daugherty (1994-)
  • Richard Stone (1995-2001)
  • Julie and Steve Bernstein (2001-)
  • Michael Tavera (2008-)

Gallery

Openings and closings

1971-1974

1974-1990

1990-2010

2010-present

Characters

Title cards