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Random Bit of LOONEY! Day 4: Tex Avery

If there is one man who can be widely considered as the de facto "father" of Looney Tunes, it is an individual named Frederick Bean Avery, better known as Tex Avery.

Gary Morris says the following about Tex Avery...

Above all, Avery steered the Warner Bros. house style away from Disney-esque sentimentality and made cartoons that appealed equally to adults, who appreciated Avery's speed, sarcasm, and irony, and to kids, who liked the nonstop action. Disney's "cute and cuddly" creatures, under Avery's guidance, were transformed into unflappable wits like Bugs Bunny, endearing buffoons like Porky Pig, or dazzling crazies like Daffy Duck. Even the classic fairy tale, a market that Disney had cornered, was appropriated by Avery, who made innocent heroines like Red Riding Hood into sexy jazz babies, more than a match for any Wolf. Avery also endeared himself to intellectuals by constantly breaking through the artifice of the cartoon, having characters leap out of the end credits, loudly object to the plot of the cartoon they were starring in, or speak directly to the audience.

I bring you here, a most important cartoon in Tex Avery's work, this is the first appearance of Bugs Bunny in his final and most iconic form. However, the "Prototype Bugs" had existed for a while prior to this particular cartoon; well into the 1930s for that matter...

This is also the first pairing of Bugs with his hunter nemesis Elmer Fudd.  Their catchphrases in this particular cartoon become iconic from this point on. Also their respective characters and personalities are definitely established!

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