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What’s Opera, Doc? is 50 years old!

I opened up today’s Toronto Star and saw the headline 50 glorious years of `kill da wabbit’. The anniversary almost slipped me by. This proves that I’ve been way too preoccupied about my podcast’s website to keep up with dates in animation history but luckily I came across this little reminder.

The article talks about how different the cartoon was compared to others of the time, how it was created practically without budget (well, the animators were crafty) but most of all– a fact dear to my heart– how the WB executives were not involved in any of the cartoons. Not the plots, not the music, not even the characters.

THAT, my friends, is why cartoons today don’t live up to the golden age of animation. The animators of Termite Terrace, for example, wrote for themselves. If they thought of something humourous, they added it to the cartoon. They weren’t concerned about ratings or if the cartoon would appeal to as much people as possible.

And when that happens, gold happens. Priceless humour happens. Things just work. Like Harry Potter– JK Rowling writes everything herself, for herself, and doesn’t have some underqualified executive telling her how to appeal to her readers.

And that’s why I looooove drawing up my own comic book.

“My spear and magic helmet!”

[tags]cartoons, animation, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Looney Tunes[/tags]


  1. Rob Clark
    Rob Clark July, 2007

    The Looney Toons animations were brilliant because of the same thing that makes much of social media an exciting space to be in: creative people following their passions.

    Reading Chuck Amuck you can see that the creative staff were truly a bunch of crazed geniuses who had the room to let fly. Half expecting to be fired with each toon, they took that envelope and pushed it.

    oh … and obligatory link to my own take on What’s Opera Doc from a couple years back

  2. admin
    admin July, 2007

    That’s a great parody you did! And you’re right about the Termite Terrace guys always assuming they’d be fired before they start on the next cartoon. But I never, ever would have realized that social media (especially YouTube) is pretty much like the spirit of Termite Terrace! Great observation!

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