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The significance behind the elements of the Looney Tunes a.a.p. logo

Discussion in 'Back To The Inkwell - Classic Cartoons Discussion' started by PF9, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. PF9

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    As you all know for years the pre-August 1948 color WB cartoons were shown with a.a.p. titles at the beginning, but most of you may not know the significance behind the specific elements of the opening logo.

    The Characters

    The four characters that appear on-screen when the logo is done zooming out are Bugs, Elmer, Daffy and Porky. During the Leon Schlesinger era (all of which era's color cartoons were in the a.a.p. package), these were the biggest stars in WB cartoons - Bugs and Elmer primarily in the Merrie Melodies series (Elmer originally being known as Egghead), and Daffy and Porky primarily in the Looney Tunes series.

    The Theme Music

    The logo's theme music is the 1941 opening rendition of the Merrie Melodies theme, "Merrily We Roll Along". This version was the go-to theme for the Blue Ribbon reissue program, which until 1956 usually cut out the original title cards and credits, and many cartoons in the a.a.p. package were reissued as credit-less Blue Ribbons, usually opening with that rendition of "Merrily We Roll Along". Because of these two uses of the 1941 rendition it has become associated with the a.a.p. package in general.
     
  2. Kevin Mo

    Kevin Mo @Bugssponge

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    Interesting
     
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    Only one of these pre-1956 reissues kept the original episode title card: Mighty Hunters (January 27, 1940 / re-released June 13, 1953).

    ~Ben
     
  4. Kevin Mo

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    Idk why they did that and also only one MGM cartoon reissued keeps its original opening title card: The Milky Way.
     
  5. Kevin Mo

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    You know, all the creditless Blue Ribbons except Daffy Dilly, You Were Never Duckier, The Foghorn Leghorn, Scaredy Cat, and Kit for Cat, (these were part of the post-1948 package because the way WB sold distribution rights to AAP was by release date) ended up in the AAP package. The last cartoon owned by AAP was Haredevil Hare, released on July 24, 1948. The first cartoon in the post-1948 package was You Were Never Duckier, pretty odd, huh. Also the former doesn't survive with original opening titles on DVD and the second reissued in the 1954-55 season, the other 4 in the 1955-56. The last 3 also had their original titles restored for the 1998 dubbed version seen on the European VHS and TV and the second restored for DVD.

    When AAP acquired the cartoons in 1956, they shutdown due to massive debt they had buying the cartoons copyrights. United Artists decided to acquire them and took the copyrights. They neglected at least 1/8 of their library's copyrights making them falling into the public domain, but WB also neglected some of theirs as well, the BW 1940-onwards.

    It was good that MGM promoted the AAP cartoons in the mid-80s, but they didn't have to use fake titles from Farm Frolics on the Cartoon Festivals DVD. Because of this, many people avoided these sets.

    These prints from the Cartoon Festivals VHS are still being aired on Television on a Portuguese channel, I forgot the name, it has a colored shape star in the center thing on the top left corner. Some include Fresh Hare, Daffy Doodles, Tom Turk and Daffy and Ain't that Ducky. Normally, these would be dubbed in Portuguese but someone recorded these using secondary audio programming so they are present.

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    3.https://chomikuj.pl/Yas25/Serial+*2...+Turk+and+Daffy+LT+LOGO,1562093680.avi(video) (This one has opening cropped)

    4.http://www.mlistr.com/movie-15257-0-ain't-that-ducky.htm (theres only a pre-photo before you play the video, but its proof)

    Also surprisedly many of these copies of Tom Turk and Daffy are available without copyright protection despite being copyrighted and renewed in 1971.

    @A-Cecil do you know about this channel and any prints that exist other than these 3 on the internet?
     
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  6. A-Cecil

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    That star shaped TV channel logo is a TV channel from Spain known as Telemadrid TV.

    Some more examples of Telemadrid TV Spain airings of Cartoon Festivals tape prints of pre-1948 shorts:

    1. Hollywood Daffy:
    http://chomikuj.pl/Yas25/Serial+*26...6+Hollywood+Daffy+MM+TV,1562221357.avi(video)

    2. Buckaroo Bugs:


    3. Trap Happy Porky:


    4. Racketeer Rabbit (clip):


    Cartoon Festivals tape prints of Daffy Doodles, Trap Happy Porky and Racketeer Rabbit had also aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang in Latin America and Tooncast, and these TVrips of those Cartoon Festivals tape prints on these three channels look far better than the Telemadrid TV Spain TVrips.
     
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    And it shall be noted that when MGM created new video transfers in 1988 (I mean those old unrestored prints with colored borders in both the opening and closing titles, and keep both the original opening and closing titles intact), while most of them have the original a.a.p. logo removed, some of these 1988 MGM video masters keep the a.a.p. logo intact. These are: The Hare-Brained Hypnotist, A Hare Grows In Manhattan, Brother Brat, Hare Ribbin, The Great Piggy Bank Robbery, Rabbit Transit, A Pest In The House, I Haven't Got A Hat and Book Revue.

    These shorts mentioned above aired on TV with the a.a.p. logo intact as 1988 MGM video masters, but have the a.a.p. logos cut on home video releases. But for some cartoons, such as Brother Brat, I Haven't Got A Hat and Book Revue, for some odd reason keep the a.a.p. logos intact on the Cartoon Moviestars VHS releases but have the a.a.p. logos cut when released on The Golden Age of Looney Tunes laserdiscs.
     
  8. Kevin Mo

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    It is good to note that most of their prints run at NTSC speed rather than PAL speed, like Tom Turk and Daffy runs at NTSC on their channel. It's also good to note that there are many copies of that cartoon on YouTube despite being copyrighted, many copies are available without copyright protection.

    Others that are on YouTube that run frequently without copyright protection are My Little Buckaroo, I'd Love to take orders from You, The Cat Came Back and The Sneezing Weasel. and those color cartoons dubbed versions run without it. Injun Trouble also runs without it. And for another reason, many of the post-1953 WB cartoons run without copyright protection on YouTube, such as The Rebel Without Claws (the I love tweety Japanese version), A Pizza Tweety Pie (I love Tweety), the post-1964 cartoons, and the 1990s cartoons like Box Office Bunny, Blooper Bunny, Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the 2001-2008 Webtoons run without it as well.
     
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