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Warner Bros. Blue Ribbon Issues, 1954-1959

Discussion in 'Back To The Inkwell - Classic Cartoons Discussion' started by ClassicTVMan1981, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. ClassicTVMan1981

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    For a time between 1954 and 1959, Warner Bros. had reissued many of its cartoons and during this period, this percentage had their original closing titles retained. It was mainly the Cinecolor releases that also had the reissue rings used at the close as well. WB had previously retained the original closing rings on their Blue Ribbon releases reissued between September 11, 1943 and January 20, 1945.

    It is through the 1955-56 season that the original closing credits were cut (bar Mighty Hunters, originally from 1940 and reissued June 13, 1953, which retained the original technical credits). Between 1945 and 1954, only a few cartoons had their original closing titles intact, including:
    Lost and Foundling (reissued 8/26/50; original release 9/30/44)
    Holiday for Shoestrings (reissued 9/15/51; original release 2/23/46)
    Fresh Airedale (reissued 8/30/52; original release 8/25/45)

    Looney Tunes: The first LT Blue Ribbon to retain its own closing music was Swooner Crooner reissued 2/5/49 (original release: 5/6/44), but was an infrequent practice until the 1951-52 reissue season (almost no LTs as Blue Ribbons had the "Porky sign off" theme). No post-1946 Looney Tunes were reissued in the 1952-53 season. It was not until the 1954-55 reissue season that LTs reissued as Blue Ribbons had retained their original closing rings.

    LIST OF 1954-1956 BLUE RIBBON REISSUES WITH ORIGINAL CLOSING RINGS INTACT:

    1954-1955 season:
    2301 - Rhapsody in Rivets (9/11/54) (MM) (has 1946-48 blue/red closing titles; previously issued as a Blue Ribbon 8/16/47; original release 12/6/41)
    2302 - Inki at the Circus (10/16/54) (MM) (has 1946-48 blue/red rings closing titles; original release 6/21/47)
    2303 - The Foxy Duckling (11/6/54) (MM) (has 1946-48 blue/red rings closing titles; original release 8/23/47)
    2304 - The Shell-Shocked Egg (11/27/54) (MM) (has 1947-50 vermilion rings closing titles; original release 7/10/48)
    2305 - The Trial of Mr. Wolf (12/25/54) (MM) (has 1945-46 vermilion rings closing titles; previously issued as a Blue Ribbon 2/9/46, original release 4/26/41)
    2306 - Back Alley Oproar (2/5/55) (MM) (has 1947-50 vermilion rings closing titles; original release 2/7/48)
    2307 - You Were Never Duckier (2/26/55) (MM) (has 1947-50 vermilion rings closing titles; original release 8/7/48)
    2309 - Crowing Pains (4/23/55) (LT) (has 1947-48 LT vermilion rings closing titles; original release 7/12/47)
    2310 - Hop, Look and Listen (6/4/55) (LT) (has 1947-48 LT vermilion rings closing titles; original release 4/17/48)
    2311 - Tweetie Pie (6/25/55) (MM) (has 1946-48 blue/red rings closing titles; original release 5/3/47)
    2312 - The Goofy Gophers (7/23/55) (LT) (has 1946-47 LT blue/red rings closing titles; original release 1/25/47)
    2313 - What's Brewin', Bruin? (8/20/55) (LT) (has 1947-48 LT vermilion rings closing titles; original release 2/28/48)

    1955-1956 season:
    3302 - Fair and Worm-er (10/8/55) (MM) (has 1946-48 blue/red rings closing titles; original release 9/28/46)
    3304 - The Mouse-Merized Cat (11/26/55) (MM) (has 1946-48 blue/red rings closing titles; original release 10/12/46)
    3305 - The Foghorn Leghorn (12/24/55) (MM) (has 1948-49 green rings closing titles; original release 10/9/48)
    3309 - Kit for Cat (4/21/56) (LT) (has 1948-49 LT green rings closing titles; original release 10/30/48)
    3310 - Scaredy Cat (6/2/56) (MM) (has 1948-49 green rings closing titles; original release 12/11/48)
    3312 - Little Orphan Airedale (8/4/56) (LT) (has 1947-48 LT vermilion rings closing titles; original release 10/4/47)

    Cinecolor reissues (where we see "PRINT BY TECHNICOLOR" on the Blue Ribbon title card) would substitute the reissue season's closing title rings for the original. Thus, the reissue print of Bone, Sweet Bone, for example, would have the 1955-56 season MM green rings closing titles at the end.

    After 1956, the year WB had sold all its pre-1948 output to AAP (bar the very 1st Merrie Melody, all the B&W Looney Tunes, and all post-1933 B&W Merrie Melodies), Blue Ribbon reissues would retain the original opening credits. Through the 1958-59 release season, Blue Ribbon reissues retained the original closing titles. From 1959-69, the reissue closing titles were once again used.

    ~Ben
     
  2. Kevin Mo

    Kevin Mo @Bugssponge

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    I know this was a few years ago but

    Not a few Merrie Melodies kept closing rings. All of them did. Life With Feathers, Walky Talky Hawky, Tweetie Pie, The Mouse-Merized Cat and Peck Up Your Troubles are just some of these post-1944 shorts that kept their original rings because they were MERRIE MELODIES so they were allowed to keep their own closing rings.

    Also, 1955-56 Looney Tunes, none survive with their original end titles. And the 1953-54 season was the start of the original end music for LT to be intact on the ending titles.

    ALL MERRIE MELODIES originally released from September 1944-July 1948, except the Cinecolor reissues, kept their original ending titles. The Cinecolors had their endings cut. Only Dough for the Do Do, which is a post-1948 cartoon, is the only Cinecolor Merrie Melody to be reissued and retain it's original ending titles.

    5 cartoons WB kept for their own reissued under the AAP package rules were Kit for Cat, Daffy Dilly, Scaredy Cat, The Foghorn Leghorn, and You Were Never Duckier. The latter reissued in the 1954-55 while the former 4 in the 1955-56 season. The latter 3 retained their original end titles. The former a Looney Tune and the second one was in Cinecolor, losing it's original closing titles. Also, Kit for Cat and Daffy Dilly are the only ones that have not yet had their closings restored for a DVD release as Kit for Cat retained the BR ending but original opening was restored and Daffy Dilly, the original titles are known to exist, but the BR has resurfaced on the DVD. The latter 3 and Kit for Cat had their original opening and credits restored for the DVD release.

    Only 4 Looney Tunes kept their original rings from the 1954-55 reissue season. One Looney Tune reissued during that season was in Cinecolor and the other 6 were Merrie Melodies, obviously keeping their closing rings and all of those were in TECHNICOLOR. The other 2 MM were second reissues from original 1941 releases. They are:

    The Goofy Gophers (public domain, the only one of these 4 to be in the 1946-47 season)
    Crowing Pains (original opening and credits restored for LTGC VOL 6
    What's Brewin' Bruin (dubbed version credits Looney Tunes instead of MERRIE MELODIES)
    Hop, Look and Listen (original opening and credits restored for Dubbed Version and Sylvester and Hippety Hopper DVD)

    It wasn't until the 1956-57 season where all cartoons kept their original closings up til the 1959-64 season. By then they used the BR rings on closings, I don't know why. But only 4 known cartoons from the 1959-64 season kept their closing rings. They are:

    Putty Tat Trouble
    French Rarebit
    Pests for Guests
    Birds Anonymous

    Just some information about BR reissues. Also, 19 Schlesinger reissues kept their rings but The Fella with the Fiddle and My Little Buckaroo have their endings lost due to 1995 dubbed versions. These dubbed versions were released on Volume 5 of the LaserDisc. Also, 5 of these 19 got a second BR reissue replacing the first reissue, so only 12 BR Schlesinger's exist with their original rings.

    They are:

    1943-44

    A Feud There Was (second BR in 1952-53) (original titles do exist)
    The Cat Came Back (second BR in 1953-54)
    The Early Worm Gets the Bird (second BR in 1952-53) (original titles and credit music cue does exist)
    The Fighting 69-1/2th (second BR in 1952-53)
    Of Fox and Hounds (second BR in 1953-54)
    My Little Buckaroo (oldest BR surviving to date, dubbed version, original end titles are lost)
    The Isle of Pingo Pongo (original titles do exist)
    Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (ORIGINAL OPENING AND CREDITS RESTORED FOR DUBBED VERSION, WHICH IS SHOWN ON TV, original closing is present on DVD with the original titles)
    A Wild Hare (BR airs on TV, dubbed version, original opening and credits restored for LaserDisc, but the original opening cue was restored for DVD)
    Cross Country Detours (original titles do exist)
    Sweet Sioux
    The Bear's Tale (original opening and credits restored on DVD)
    Thugs with Dirty Mugs (BR on DVD only Schlesinger credited Blue Ribbon on DVD) (original titles do exist)

    1944-45 first half only

    Let It Be Me
    The Fella with the Fiddle (dubbed version, original end titles are lost)
    I Love To Singa (original opening and credits restored on DVD)
    Sunday go to Meetin' Time (original titles do exist)
    September In The Rain (original titles do exist)
    Plenty of Money and You (original end titles were found on CN LATIN AMERICA PRINT)

    1944-45 second half of the season had all credits cut

    I Only Have Eyes For You (original BR end titles are lost) (the EU dubbed has the 1937-38 rings for unknown reasons)
    I'm A Big Shot Now (original BR end titles are lost)
    Speaking Of The Weather (original titles restored for DVD but the ending is the 1941-55 ending instead of the special 1937 cue only on this cartoon, which was present on the reissue ending card)
    Ain't We Got Fun
    When I Yoo Hoo (first reissue to not credit Schlesinger, original BR end titles are lost)
    Old Glory (second BR in 1953-54, DVD retains BR opening but original end cue was restored)
    Busy Bakers

    1945-46

    Katnip Kollege
    Little Red Walking Hood (original titles restored for DVD)
    The Good Egg
    Little Brother Rat (original titles restored for DVD)
    Daffy Duck and Egghead (original titles restored for DVD but the ending has the 1941-55 instead of the 1937-38 rendition)
    The Night Watchman (original titles restored for DVD)
    The Lyin' Mouse (original BR ending is lost)
    A Sunbonnet Blue (original BR ending is lost)
    The Little Lion Hunter
    The Trial of Mr. Wolf (second BR in 1954-55 but that version retains the original
    Robin Hood Makes Good (oldest reissue to be in public domain)
    Fresh Fish
    Johnny Smith & Poker Huntas

    Those are some examples of early BR reissues and what their current status is now.

    I hope you read all this.
     
    #2 Kevin Mo, Jul 13, 2016
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    There is still hope that the remaining BRs will have their original titles...

    Anyway, it was actually the 1951-52 season that one BR issue of an LT short kept its original closing music cue. That was Of Thee I Sting (8/17/46, reissued 1/12/52). All the others still had the MM theme, like Baby Bottleneck.

    ~Ben
     
  4. Kevin Mo

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    Hmm, of thee I sting came from post-porky drum ending so there was a reason to keep it.
     
  5. Kevin Mo

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    But what about rhapsody in rivets, old glory, and the trial of mr. wolf Their original end titles were the first Blue Ribbon titles, so they don't really count.

    Little Orphan Airedale uses the 1955-56 rings at the end. Because its a Looney Tune, not a Merrie melody.
     
  6. Steve Carras

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    Another thing, "French Rarebit" (1951), one of the vermillion colored ringed Blue Ribbons (1959-64), rather than the Vitaphone Corporation credit for copyright, had the later Warners copyright (MCML)
    ; also Bugs is in the modern day horizontal title graphic before the cut to the title.

    I wish I could see 1943-44 original "The Cat Came Back"(2/08/1936, Merrie Melodies) reissue to see what the ring and closing was. BTW the "Ain't we Got Fun" cue Ben in "The Cat Came Back scene" topic (performed by Norman Spencer and the studio ork) isn't a stock one that I know of.

    Very good topic.

    Oh, a final note, "Early to Bet" (5/05/1951) is the last-copyrighted/released short to get a blue ribbon-blue ring (1957-1959) given its post-1949 (MCML) copyright---similiarly, one of the first produced-released post-48's, the first with Bugs, "Hot Cross Bunny" (8/21/1948), was the final one with a pre-1948, i.e.,1947 copyright to wind up in the post-1948 package (in the vermillion ring BR package, same rings on both open and close.)
     
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  7. Kevin Mo

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    Well the WARNER BROS. PICTURES INC. copyright depends on re-release. Was it reissued during which season? WARNER BROS. PICTURES INC. meant 1960-1964. Anything below that was the year in roman numerals and credited VITAPHONE. French Rarebit was reissued in the 1960-61 season, evident from the more bold WARNER BROS. PICTURES INC. the 1961-64 season had the font a little lighter with traced color around it.

    Yes, Hot Cross Bunny was part of the pre-1948 package originally, but was released later and WB decided to split between July 1948 the three packages.
     
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    Why the 1943-44 reissue. You mean the original titles because the closing is the same as Page Miss Glory, Boulevardier from the Bronx, and Toy Town Hall.

    The opening for that cartoon remains a mystery, but I think that one also used the unique I Wanna Play House opening rather than the VITAPHONE one.
     

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