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*** "Porky's Party" (1938) (appears on the "Porky Pig: Days of Swine and Roses" VHS)
 
*** "Porky's Party" (1938) (appears on the "Porky Pig: Days of Swine and Roses" VHS)
 
*** "Porky & Daffy" (1938) (appears on the "Daffy Duck: Tales From the Duckside" VHS)
 
*** "Porky & Daffy" (1938) (appears on the "Daffy Duck: Tales From the Duckside" VHS)
*** "The Lone Stranger and Porky" (1939) (appears on the 2015 Blu-ray release of ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'' (1939, not to be confused with the 1996 Disney animated film of the same name))
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*** "The Lone Stranger and Porky" (1939) (appears on the 2015 Blu-ray release of ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame'' (1939, not to be confused with the [[mh:greatestmovies:The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)|1996 Disney animated film of the same name]]))
 
*** "Pilgrim Porky" (1940) (appears on the 2007 DVD release of ''The Fighting 69th'' (1940))
 
*** "Pilgrim Porky" (1940) (appears on the 2007 DVD release of ''The Fighting 69th'' (1940))
 
*** "You Ought to Be in Pictures" (1940) (appears on the "Carrotblanca: Looney Tunes Go To The Movies" VHS)
 
*** "You Ought to Be in Pictures" (1940) (appears on the "Carrotblanca: Looney Tunes Go To The Movies" VHS)

Latest revision as of 01:46, 14 October 2021

You're better off watching the original black and white versions of the cartoons, because red is the redrawn version's favorite color.

During the Warner Bros.-Seven Arts era of Looney Tunes, Sunset Productions held the rights to black and white Looney Tunes cartoons, along with some of the 1931-1932 Harman-Ising Merrie Melodies cartoons. Due to the increase in demand for colorized cartoons to air for television, Warner Bros.-Seven Arts requested Sunset Productions to colorize the black and white cartoons. Produced in South Korea by Fred Ladd, 79 black and white cartoons were redrawn to include color in 1968 and 1969. The redrawn colorized versions of these cartoons were heavily criticized for the reasons stated below.

Bad Qualities

  1. Due to the low budget in the Warner Bros.-Seven Arts era, this also applied to the redrawn versions, making the redraws suffer tremendously.
  2. Tight deadlines for completing the redraws resulted in rushed animation.
  3. Every second frame was redrawn instead of every frame, making the movements and animation jerkier.
  4. Some redrawn versions omit background details or effects of the original cartoons. On top of this, parts of animations are constantly altered, e.g. in the redrawn colorized version of "The Timid Toreador", when Porky first appears in said cartoon, the chickens in the background do not move unlike the original B&W version.
  5. Some of the cartoons have washed-out, dull, or overly bright colors.
  6. For some reason, most of these shorts often overuse the red color. A lot of times, red replaces the black colors, and they are notable on titles or iris outs.
  7. There were constant occurrences where black is replaced with a different color, such as both Beans the Cat and Daffy Duck being brown in a few cartoons.
  8. Occasionally, the original opening/ending titles are completely cut and replaced with the 1967-1969 titles, though some cartoons keep their original titles. After the closure of the Warner Bros.-Seven Arts animation studio, most of the titles were replaced with the 1956 orange rings, with the closing title dissolving into the 1970s "Big W" logo (said logo was removed from 1980s prints).
  9. The Looney Tunes shorts "Porky's Badtime Story", "Injun Trouble", "Scalp Trouble" and "Daffy's Southern Exposure" received redrawn colorized versions, although these versions are somewhat pointless as these shorts have Technicolor remakes called "Tick Tock Tuckered", "Wagon Heels", "Slightly Daffy" and "Along Came Daffy" which have superior animation and color choices.
  10. Some cartoons also use the incorrect version of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" and the incorrect title card. There are even some cartoons that even use "Porky's Signature" (the Looney Tunes theme from 1936-1937) instead of the correct "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" version.
  11. The overall look in these redrawn versions tend to look incredibly ugly, hideous, and cheap-looking.

Good Qualities

The Computer Colorized version. Much better.
  1. In 1990, 1992, and 1995, the same 79 cartoons (along with 23 other cartoons) were colorized again using a computer software, hence keeping the original animation quality. The end results were so convincing that it made it seem as if they were originally produced in color instead of black-and-white back when they were originally released in theaters. In addition, these computer-colorized versions tend to have much better color palette choices than the redrawn-colorized versions.
  2. The redrawn cartoons still keep the original audio, and the animation is still faithful to the originals.
  3. The redrawn versions of Porky Pig's Feat, Porky and Gabby, The Henpecked Duck etc., Despite the animation of the redrawn versions of these cartoons being inferior to the originals, the animation of these aren't too bad and the color choices are better when compared to other redrawn colorized versions of Looney Tunes cartoons.

Reception

  • While most of the Looney Tunes cartoons themselves which were selected for this redrawn colorization were well-received by critics, fans and animation buffs alike, however their redrawn colorized versions are often criticized for their inferiority to the original animation.
  • These problems as mentioned above (see "Bad Qualities" above) do apply to not just the Looney Tunes redrawn colorized versions of the 1960s, but also other redrawn colorized versions of other popular classic animation produced at the same time such as Mickey Mouse (from Disney), Betty Boop (from Fleischer Studios), amongst others.

Trivia

  • The earliest cartoon that was redrawn from the original 1968-69 era by Sunset Productions was "Plane Dippy" from 1936 while the latest was "Puss n' Booty" from 1943, which was the last Looney Tunes short made in black-and-white.
    • However, multiple redrawn cartoons were also created in the 1970s by Radio & Television Packagers, which even spans to the Harman-Ising era of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. The redraws went even earlier to "Ain't Nature Grand!" from 1931. These redraws are criticized more than the ones done by Sunset Productions and later Turner, as these redraws had more choppier animation, loss of original title cards in favor of renames, and often times the redraws were unable to use the original audio, replacing the audio with stock music. Among one of the redraws done by Radio & Television Packagers included "Country Boy", which originally was a Merrie Melodies in Technicolor.[1]
    • In 1995, Turner officially redrew more cartoons from the Harman-Ising era of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, complete with 1995 dubbed ending cards for the redraws. While still criticized much like the previous redraws, they were often considered better than the Sunset Productions and Radio & Television Packagers redraws.[2]
  • While none of the redrawn colorized versions of the Looney Tunes cartoons have been officially released on home video (presumably due to their negative reception), some of these cartoons have lapsed into the public domain as the result of copyright neglect, and therefore some of these redrawn colorized versions of the Looney Tunes cartoons have turned out on some unofficial bootleg VHS and DVD releases from various low-budget bargain-bin home video labels (the hand-colored versions were copyrighted, but it has been suggested they too have fallen into the public domain).
    • In contrast, only a small handful of 1990s computer-colorized versions of the Looney Tunes cartoons have been officially released on home video by Warner Home Video. These include:
      • "Porky's Hero Agency" (1937) (appears on the "Porky Pig: Days of Swine and Roses" VHS)
      • "Porky's Party" (1938) (appears on the "Porky Pig: Days of Swine and Roses" VHS)
      • "Porky & Daffy" (1938) (appears on the "Daffy Duck: Tales From the Duckside" VHS)
      • "The Lone Stranger and Porky" (1939) (appears on the 2015 Blu-ray release of The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939, not to be confused with the 1996 Disney animated film of the same name))
      • "Pilgrim Porky" (1940) (appears on the 2007 DVD release of The Fighting 69th (1940))
      • "You Ought to Be in Pictures" (1940) (appears on the "Carrotblanca: Looney Tunes Go To The Movies" VHS)
      • "Patient Porky" (1940) (appears on the "Porky Pig: Days of Swine and Roses" VHS)
      • "The Impatient Patient" (1942) (appears on the "Daffy Duck: Tales From the Duckside" VHS)
      • "Porky Pig's Feat" (1943) (appears on both "Daffy Duck: Tales From the Duckside" VHS and "Ham on Wry: The Porky Pig Laser Collection" Laserdisc set)
    • Due to historic preservation of the original black-and-white media, none of the colorized versions are available on HBO Max and haven't aired on US television since the late 2000s, although some of these 1990s computer-colorized versions of the Looney Tunes cartoons are still shown on certain non-US Boomerang feeds such as in Italy, as well as the Latin American channel Tooncast as of today.
  • For a long time, the redrawn version of the 1936 short Fish Tales was considered lost media until someone located a copy and uploaded it to archive.org in 2017.

Videos

A riff on the negative impact of the redrawn colorized versions of the B&W Looney Tunes cartoons and how they do not do their original B&W source materials justice.

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