10 Things Looney Tune Characters Would Tweet
Since the birth of Looney Tunes in the 1930’s, generations of children have watched the antics of the animated ensemble. Irrefutable pop-culture icons, the long and sometimes-controversial lives of the characters has been the topic of many a debate. If the ‘toons had been tweeters, these might be some of the things they would have said.
- “The fastest mouse in all Mexico is back in rotation! Gracias, #LULAC!” – After allegations of racial insensitivity, most of the cartoons featuring Speedy Gonzales were pulled from rotation between 1999 and 2002. After heavy campaigning from fans and lobbying efforts by The League of United Latin American Citizens, he was restored to his place as one of Looney Tunes most beloved characters.
- “Woikin’ with @ElmerFudd for the foist time today! #aWildHare” – The legendary duo of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd began with 1940’s short A Wild Hare. Most Looney Tunes aficionados consider this also the first official Bugs Bunny cartoon.
- “That deth-picable rabbit @BugsBunny is stealing my thunder!” – When Bugs Bunny supplanted Daffy Duck as the most popular member of the Looney Tunes ensemble, writers played up the “rivalry” for a time. Eventually, the two were written as best friends in most cartoons.
- “Sufferin’ succotash! Foiled by @Granny again!” – Sylvester, the cat whose penchant for stalking Tweety Bird inevitably led him to punishment at the hands of Granny or Hector the Bulldog began appearing in shorts with the lovable canary in the 1947 cartoon Tweety Pie.
- “I say, I got that ol’ @BarnyardDawg again today!” – Heavily modeled after fictional radio character Senator Claghorn, Foghorn Leghorn’s appearances typically involved elaborate prank-fests with the Barnyard Dawg, also referred to as George P. Dog on early model sheets.
- “I HATE THAT RABBIT! @BugsBunny” – One of pint-sized cowboy Yosemite Sam’s most popular catchphrases, “I HATE THAT RABBIT!” sprang from a deeply-rooted enmity between he and Bugs Bunny. The two appeared in many cartoons, in which Sam’s attempts to defeat Bugs consistently fail due to the rabbit’s quick thinking. The rivalry began in his first appearance, 1945’s “Hare Trigger” and became one of Yosemite Sam’s defining characteristics.
- “*Holds up sign* Ouch. #AcmeFail” – The taciturn Wile E. Coyote seldom speaks, instead preferring to communicate via sign. A loyal Acme customer, many of the Rube Goldberg-esque devices he creates in an (unsuccessful) attempt to capture the Road Runner backfire, causing him injury.
- “Discussing the meaning of #PoliticallyCorrect with @SpeedyGonzales.” – Much like Speedy Gonzales, lovable Porky Pig was deemed “insensitive” in the 1990’s. The campaign, headed up by the National Stuttering Project of San Francisco, claimed that the character was “belittling” to child stutterers and promoted bullying. In response, Warner Brothers granted $12,000 to the Stuttering Foundation of America and released anti-bullying public service announcements featuring Porky.
- “Sacre Maroon! Where is ‘ze lovely @PenelopePussycat?” – Despite being immediately recognizable, Pepe le Pew is generally not considered one of the more popular characters. Controversial courting habits and a tendency to objectify Penelope have led to a somewhat-cool reception over the years. Many consider the character a sexual predator, and claim that his treatment of Penelope give children the wrong idea about dating and relationships.
- “After years of obscurity, I’ve arrived! I’m now the mascot for #theWB.” – Though he was introduced in 1955, the character of Michigan J. Frog got very little attention until he skyrocketed in popularity upon becoming the WB television network. The singing and dancing amphibian enjoyed a successful run until July of 2005, when network chairman Garth Ancier announced the Michigan’s “death.” Just over a year later, the network shut down.