Letter From The Editor
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Looney Bin! Im Dot and Ill be your hostess tonight
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newsletter. Weve tried to get this project off the ground before, but never had much
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Thanks! I hope you enjoy everything you see and read here!
SROTW (Supreme Ruler of the World)
By Emilia "The Joker" Farmerie
I looked out the window at the pouring rain. It looked like
someone had turned the hose on the glass. The day looked like I felt. Oh, I look happy
enough. I always look happy, what with my eternal grin, emerald hair and dead-white skin.
I look like a clown for Petes Sake! But what is on the outside is the opposite of
I had spent the whole week with a new therapist who loves to
bring out the memories I have hidden away in my mind. The ones about my past, my
childhood, even the ones about my wife. Those are the most painful.
It all started a decade ago, when I was twenty-four. I had just
met the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. We talked for awhile, which amazed me
because I had never been a ladies man at all. Everything I said she laughed at, and
not in the mocking way I was used to. This woman actually cared about my feelings!
The tall, red-haired lady told me her name was Jeannie. I smiled
and told her that I was Jack Napier. "Oohh," she had replied. "I like that
name!" I was flattered of course. Normally people dont bother to ask me my
Jeannie and I fast became friends. Over the years, our friendship
turned into love. I ended up marrying her when I was twenty-seven. The only thing wrong
was that I had quit my job as a lab assistant to become a comedian. I thought I had the
talent to pull it off. Boy I was wrong!
Jeannie and I lived in poverty for a few years, trying to make
ends meet. Then came the fateful day when she told me she was pregnant. Sure, I was happy
at the time. Ecstatic, really. But with no money, how were we going to bring up a child?
I came up with the idea to pull off some big crime to get rich
quick. I got in touch with two men whom I thought could help me. Everything was going fine
until Jeannie died.
I was with the men when I received word of my wifes death.
They had just told me when to be at the crime scene when a cop walked into the bar,
looking for me. The cop brought me outside to tell me the news. The night had been gray
and dismal. The clouds looked like they were going to burst at any second, shedding tears
for my beloved Jeannie. My whole life ended that day.
I somehow made it back to the bar to tell the gangsters that I
wouldnt be involved with the robbing of the Ace Chemical Plant anymore. They told me
I was involved. They didnt care about Jeannies death. All they cared about was
getting in, getting out, and getting rich. I told them that they didnt understand.
"My wife just died," I told them. They told me that I was the one who
With cruel laughs and a not so reassuring pat on the back, they
got up and left. I just sat there watching my whole world tumble down, feeling utterly
alone and terrified. Feeling the tears rise, I let my head drop to the table.
A sudden roar of thunder brings me back to the present, away from
the screaming, crying horrible memories. I blink, trying to force the tears away. It never
Auugghh! A Pop Quiz!!!
An Animaniacs Quiz by Babs
How often do you watch Animaniacs? Do you watch it so much that
you know every little detail about every episode? Give these a try:
1. What did Rita scratch on the wall of the cell in "When
Rita Met Runt"?
- "Cats Rule"
- "Humans Stink"
- "Dogs Suck"
- None of the Above
2. Which of the following has not (yet) been a part of a plan by
Pinky and the Brain to take over the world?
- The Presidential Elections
- Subliminal Messages
- A Childrens Show
- None of the Above
3. What was the name of Slappys neighbor in "I Got Yer
- Candi Chipmunk
- Becky Beaver
- Gloria Gopher
- Heidi Chipmunk
4. What did "Mermaid Mindy" chase?
- a dolphin
- a jellyfish
- a seahorse
- a whale
5. What did the Goodfeathers tell the owl they were in
"Were No Pigeons"?
- spaghetti birds
- calzoni birds
- macaroni birds
- fettucini birds
6. Which of the following has Katie Ka-boom not
- a sweater she needed to wear
- a pimple
- a date that was late
- a bad hair day
7. Which Shakespearean play was not used in
- A Midsummer Nights Dream
- Much Ado About Nothing
8. What was the name of the sociologist who wanted the Hip Hippos
to move back to the jungle?
- Jane Allgood
- Joyce Brothers
- Alice Organism
- Gina Embryo
9. Which of the following historic events did "The
Flame" play a part in?
- The writing (and signing) of the Declaration of Independence
- The writing of the Constitution
- The ride of Paul Revere
- both a & c
10. What was the "Chairman of the Board"'s story
- cheese ball
- potato chips
Match the following song titles (1l-15)with the cartoons they
were sung in (a-e)...
11. "Flat in Gay Paree"
12. "Scorsese's Head"
13. "Writin' Hooey"
14. "If I Were the Godpigeon"
15. "You'll Never Laugh Alone"
a. "West Side Pigeons"
b. "Pigeon on the Roof'
c. "Clown and Out"
d. "Les Miseranimals"
e. "Roll Over, Beethoven"
Then, for 16-19, write down the original titles of the songs that
they're parodies of:
16) "Flat in Gay Paree"
17) "Scorsese's Head"
18) "Writin' Hooey"
19) "If I Were the Godpigeon" _________________
Finally, fill in the missing words and phrases to Slappy's new
theme song: "She's a (20)_____________ old critter. She's bitter, we warn ya She lives
in a (21-22: 2 words)_________________ in Burbank, California Along with her nephew, he
says (22)______________, he's cheerful When his aunt starts to rant, she gives him an
earful She's (23)_____________, he's (24)___________, it's generation (25)_____________!
Take a whirl with the squirrels, Skippy and Slappy!
That's the end of "this" quiz. If you want a quick
evaluation, send your answers to me at fgbh76c; else, keep track of your own answers and
check them with the answers in the next issue of The Looney Bin! Good luck! =)
The History of Looney
Tunes and Merrie Melodies: Part One
The year is 1929. Two men named Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising
have been let go by Universal Pictures, where they made a series of cartoons starring
"Oswald the Lucky Rabbit." the two former employees of Walt Disney now had to
find a movie studio to distribute their cartoons. They made a three-minute film called
"Bosko the Talk-ink Kid" to show prospective studios. The cartoon was probably
the first in which actual speech was synchronized with animated drawings. They couldn't
find a buyer for their cartoons, until the met Leon Schlesinger. Leon was a close friend
of the Warner Brothers, and persuaded them to distribute a series of Bosko cartoons. His
selling point was that Warner Bros. could use the cartoons to promote songs from their
feature films and several music companies.
"Looney Tunes" was the first series of cartoons made by
Warner Bros. The first cartoon was called "Sinkin' in the Bathtub" and starred
Bosko and his girlfriend Honey. Released on May 6,1930, it was basically a Disney-like
cartoon, with the characters moving along with the music. The rest of the "Looney
Tunes" continued in the same way, but they were popular. They were so popular in
fact, that Warner Bros. decided to release a second series of cartoons, called
"Merrie Melodies" first cartoon was "Lady Play
Your Mandolin," released in August of 1931. It starred a character named Foxy, the
most flagrant Mickey Mouse clone. Foxy and other characters such as Piggy and Goopy Geer
were the first "Merrie Melodies" stars, but they were soon dropped. For many
years forward, "Merrie Melodies" was a series of "one shot" cartoons,
which means the characters in them were never seen again, they were only used once.
"Looney Tunes" is where WB stars such as Bosko and Honey, and those that
followed made their living. Hugh Harman directed the "Looney Tunes," while
Rudolph Ising handled the "Merrie Melodies, although animator Friz Freleng directed a
few in both series.
This all continued nicely until mid-1933, when Harman and Ising
split from Leon Schlesinger due to money differences. They went to MGM, where they
continued to make cartoons. Their MGM cartoons continued to feature Bosko, who changed in
appearance from a non-human character to a black boy, until 1938.
After the departure of Harman and Ising, Leon Schlesinger worked
quickly to put together a new cartoon studio. He hired cartoonists away from Disney and
other studios, and even lured back Harman-lsing personnel like Friz Freleng and Bob
Clampett. Once in operation, the new cartoon studio pinned all its hopes in a character
created by cartoonist Melvin "tubby" Millar named Buddy. Through 23 cartoons
from 1933 to 1935, Buddy proved to be distinctly forgettable.
Probably more interesting from this time are the Merrie Melodies,
which used lyrics from Warner songs to inspire a story. With the cartoon "Honeymoon
Hotel," Leon Schlesinger made Warner Bros. first color cartoon. A few more color
cartoons were made, but until 1936, they used a process called two-strip technicolor,
which means that only two of the three primary colors were used--red and green. Walt
Disney was under an exclusive contract with Technicolor at the time, so he could only use
the three color process to make cartoons. Starting with the 1934 Merrie Melody "Those
Beautiful Dames," all Merrie Melodies were made in color, but Looney Tunes continued
in black and white until 1943.
The man assigned to most of the Merrie Melodies from this time
was Friz Freleng. Probably the most important director, Isadore "Friz" Freleng
directed more Warner Bros. cartoons than anyone else--about 266. He was also the man who
directed the cartoon that would change the course of all future cartoons to come out of
the studio. Called "I haven't Got a Hat," the cartoon starred a group of
children putting on a show at their school. Among them were two puppies named Ham and Ex,
Little Kitty, Oliver Owl, Tommy Turtle, a cat named Beans, and most important of all--a
short, fat stuttering pig named Porky. It was Porky Pig who would really put Warner Bros.
on the map.
Special Thanks To:
Babs, Colin, Vester, Yakko, Bugs, and Emilia
See you next issue!