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Looney Tunes is a Warner Bros. series of theatrical cartoon short films. It was produced from 1930 to 1969 during the Golden age of American animation, alongside Warner Bros.’ other theatrical cartoon series, Merrie Melodies. The series featured some of the most famous cartoon characters in the history of animation, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Tweety Bird among many others. The characters themselves are commonly referred to as the “Looney Tunes.” The name Looney Tunes is a variation on Silly Symphonies, the name of Walt Disney’s concurrent series of music-based cartoon shorts. From 1942 until 1969, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were the most popular cartoon shorts in theaters, exceeding Disney and other popular competitors.
Since its first official release, 1930’s Sinkin’ in the Bathtub, Looney Tunes has become a worldwide media franchise, spawning several television series, films, comics, music albums, video games and amusement park rides. Many of the characters have made and continue to make cameo appearances in various other television shows, films and advertisements. The most popular Looney Tunes character, Bugs Bunny, is regarded as a cultural icon and has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character. Several Looney Tunes shorts are regarded as some of the greatest animated cartoons of all time. Many of the shorts were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, with two of them winning the award (For Scent-imental Reasons and Knighty Knight Bugs), and the short Porky in Wackyland has been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.