Robert McKimson Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (Post-1957)

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Robert McKimson is a well-known director and animator who worked on several Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies from the late-40's to 60's, and has created several characters such as Foghorn Leghorn and the Tasmanian Devil. While most of his cartoons produced between 1946 and 1957 were well received, the same can’t be said for his cartoons produced between 1958 and 1964 unfortunately.

Shorts

1958

  • "Don't Axe Me" (January 4; with Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Barnyard Dawg)
  • "Tortilla Flaps" (January 18; with Speedy Gonzales)
  • "Feather Bluster" (May 10; with Foghorn Leghorn and Barnyard Dawg)
  • "Now Hare This" (May 31; with Bugs Bunny)
  • "Dog Tales" (July 26; with Charlie)
  • "Weasel While You Work" (September 6; With Foghorn Leghorn and Barnyard Dawg)
  • "Pre-Hysterical Hare" (November 1; with Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd)
  • "Gopher Broke" (November 15; with The Goofy Gophers and Barnyard Dawg)

1959

  • "Mouse-Placed Kitten" (January 24)
  • "China Jones" (February 14; with Daffy Duck and Porky Pig)
  • "The Mouse That Jack Built" (April 4)
  • "A Mutt in a Rut" (May 23; with Elmer Fudd)
  • "Backwoods Bunny" (June 13, with Bugs Bunny)
  • "Cat's Paw" (August 15, with Sylvester and Sylvester Jr.)
  • "Bonanza Bunny" (September 15; with Bugs Bunny and Blacque Jacque Shellacque)
  • "A Broken Leghorn" (September 26; with Foghorn Leghorn and Miss Prissy)
  • "People Are Bunny" (December 19; with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck)

1960

  • "West of the Pesos" (January 23; with Sylvester and Speedy Gonzales)
  • "Wild Wild World" (February 27)
  • "Crockett Doodle-Doo" (June 25; with Foghorn Leghorn and Egghead. Jr)
  • "Mice Follies" (August 20, with The Honeymousers)
  • "Dixie Fryer" (September 24; with Foghorn Leghorn)
  • "Dog Gone People" (November 12; with Elmer Fudd)

1961

  • "Cannery Woe" (January 7; with Sylvester and Speedy Gonzales)
  • "Hoppy Daze" (February 11; with Sylvester and Hippety Hopper)
  • "Strangled Eggs" (March 18; with Foghorn Leghorn, Miss Prissy, and Henery Hawk)
  • "Birds of a Father" (April 1; with Sylvester and Sylvester Jr.)
  • "Daffy's Inn Trouble" (September 23; with Daffy Duck and Porky Pig)
  • "What's My Lion" (October 21; with Elmer Fudd)

1962

  • "Wet Hare" (January 20; with Bugs Bunny and Blacque Jacque Shellacque)
  • "Fish and Slips" (March 10; with Sylvester and Sylvester Jr.)
  • "Bill of Hare" (June 9; with Bugs Bunny and the Tasmanian Devil)
  • "Slick Chick" (July 21; with Foghorn Leghorn)
  • "Mother Was a Rooster" (October 20; with Foghorn Leghorn and Barnyard Dawg)
  • "Good Noose" (November 10; with Daffy Duck)

1963

  • "Fast Buck Duck" (March 9; with Daffy Duck)
  • "The Million Hare" (April 6; with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck)
  • "Banty Raids" (June 29; with Foghorn Leghorn and Barnyard Dawg; last appearance of Barnyard Dawg in Golden Age of Animation)
  • "Aqua Duck" (September 28; with Daffy Duck)
  • "Claws in the Lease" (November 9; with Sylvester and Sylvester Jr.)

1964

  • "A Message to Gracias" (February 8; with Speedy Gonzales and Sylvester)
  • "Bartholomew Versus the Wheel" (February 29; one-off)
  • "Freudy Cat" (March 14; with Sylvester and Sylvester Jr.; last appearances of Sylvester Jr. and Hippety Hopper in Golden Age of Animation; clip show short)
  • "Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare" (March 28; with Bugs Bunny and Tasmanian Devil; last appearance of Tasmanian Devil in Golden Age of Animation)
  • "False Hare" (July 16; with Bugs Bunny; last appearances of Bugs Bunny and Foghorn Leghorn in Golden Age of Animation)

Bad Qualities

  1. Lacks most of the charm and humor of McKimson previous cartoons.
  2. While the animation didn’t start off too bad during the 50's, it went downhill around the 60's and started to become much stiffer. This was because when the studio came back from being briefly shut down in 1953, Robert McKimson was too late and his new team was composed of the animators that Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng didn't want.
  3. Awfully weak writing by Tedd Pierce, David DeTiege, and John W. Dunn.
  4. Several bad shorts such as "Good Noose", "China Jones", "What's My Lion", "Now Hare This", "Freudy Cat", "Gopher Broke" and especially "Pre-Hysterical Hare".
  5. Way too many outdated Television references in some of the shorts.
  6. Overuse of characters using the word "Sheesh!".
  7. Some of the cartoons during this era are clip shows such as "Freudy Cat" and "Feather Bluster".
  8. Some of the cartoons from this era are basically rehashes or remakes of far better previous cartoons such as "Gopher Broke" being a remake of "Mouse Wreckers", "People are Bunny" being a remake of "Wideo Wabbit", and "Crockett Doodle-Doo" being a rehash of "Little Boy Boo" and "Leghorn Swoggled".
  9. Flat character designs.
  10. Tedious music by John Seely (on "Weasel While You Work", "Pre-Hysterical Hare", and "Gopher Broke") and Bill Lava.

Good Qualities

  1. Some decent/good shorts such as "Banty Raids", "Bartholomew Versus the Wheel", "Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare", "Bill of Hare", "Daffy's Inn Trouble" and "The Million Hare".
    • "Don't Axe Me" started this era on a high note.
    • "False Hare" was a fine way of ending Bugs Bunny's Golden Age career on a high note.
  2. The music was good from "Don't Axe Me" to "Mother Was a Rooster" (with an exception of three of the Seely Six ("Weasel While You Work", "Pre-Hysterical Hare", and "Gopher Broke")).
  3. The animation during the 50's shorts were decent.

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KalloFox34

3 days ago
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I'd say a majority of his shorts were still decent.

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