From the 1930s to the 1950s, if you wanted to see a "Looney Tunes" or "Merrie Melodies" short, you'd have to wait to see them in the theater, when they'd play before a feature film.
All that changed in the 1950s when they started to appear on television. As children, baby boomers could watch the cartoons from the comfort of their living rooms, although the versions they saw were sanitized of some of the more violent, racially-charged and adult behavior that the original cartoons included.
In the late 1980s, Warner Brothers started to release "Looney Tunes" shorts before films, once again. In the early 90s, on the small screen, spin-offs like "Tiny Toon Avdentures" and "Animaniacs" brought another generation of children into the "Looney Tunes" universe.
"Looney Tunes" has managed to stay relevant to multiple generations of children. The most iconic characters haven't changed much, but many more have made their debuts over the years.
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Foghorn is a big, loud rooster. He has a rather large body and loves to strut around the farm while speaking in his Southern accent. He was created by Robert McKimson and voiced by Mel Blanc. His arch rival is Barnyard Dawg.
Pepé Le Pew is a big-time charmer and has a delightful French accent. Pepé certainly has a way with the ladies, so much so that he has seven ex-wives. By day, Pepé works as a wedding planner. His favorite catch phrase is "Mmm.....So lucky. So lucky!"
Bugs is a super cool, confident bunny. His best friend is Daffy Duck, and he loves carrots. His favorite catch phrase is, "Eh...What's up Doc?" This is often said to his arch-enemy, Elmer Fudd. Bugs is voiced mostly by Jeff Bergman.
Elmer Fudd is well known for trying to hunt Bugs Bunny, his arch-nemesis. He never catches Bugs and always ends up hurting himself in some manner, often by shooting himself. He has a pronounced speech impediment. His favorite catch phrase is, "Shhh be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits."
Porky Pig is well known for his line, "Th-th-th-that's all folks," which he says at the end of every "Looney Tunes" cartoon. Porky was created by the prolific animator, Friz Freleng. Porky made his first appearance in a "Merry Melodies" cartoon in 1935.
Sylvester is a black and white cat and one of the most famous "Looney Tunes" characters. He is mainly seen with Tweety Bird and Granny (who owns both of them.) Sylvester tries very hard to eat Tweety Bird, but always fails. He is known for his lisp, and his favorite saying is "sufferin' succotash."
Road Runner is an extremely fast-running bird and the bane Wile E. Coyote's existence. He doesn't talk at all, except to use the phrase, "meep meep," whenever the coyote is trying to catch him. He is instantly recognizable, thanks to his large feet and feathers atop his head.
Marvin is from Mars and one of the classic "Looney Tunes" villains. He is noted for his Roman Centurion-style helmet through which you can see only his eyes. He was created to be another enemy for Bugs Bunny. He was originally voiced by Mel Blanc.
Daffy Duck is a black duck with an orange beak and feet. He is a friend of Bugs Bunny, but also sometimes his rival. Daffy is known for his lisp. His favorite saying is, "Dethpicable!" He first appeared in cartoons in 1937.
The Big Bad Wolf can be seen in many fairy tales and "Looney Tunes" cartoons. He first made an appearance in 1933 in Walt Disney's, "Three Little Pigs." In "Looney Tunes," he appeared in a variety of shorts and was sometimes voiced by Mel Blanc.
Emma Webster, or Granny, as she is known, is a 90-year-old, sweet, kind lady and the owner of Tweety Bird and Sylvester the Cat. She was once a spy in World War II. Granny lives across from Daffy and Lola Duck. The character of Granny was mainly voiced by June Foray starting in the 1960s.
Wile E. Coyote is constantly trying to catch Road Runner. To do this, he must counter the speed of the bird by using a range of gadgets he gets delivered via mail order. Unfortunately, things often go wrong, and his gadgets end up injuring him.
Baby Tweety is a yellow canary. He is the only character in the "Baby Looney Tunes" universe able to translate what Baby Taz says. He is the youngest of the bunch. He is voiced by Sam Vincent and spends most of his time trying to avoid the clutches of Baby Sylvester.
Speedy is "the fastest mouse in all of Mexico." While some networks have not shown cartoons with this character due to concerns about racial stereotyping, the character still appears in certain "Looney Tunes" cartoons.
Baby Bugs is a white and gray bunny, with a fluffy, white tail. His ages in the cartoons range between one and four and half years old. He is friendly and mature, but can be very bossy. He is the leader of the baby gang and is voiced by Samuel Vincent.
Spike the Bulldog plays opposite a smaller dog named Chester the Terrier. Spike wears a red sweater and has a brown bowler hat.
Michigan is a frog who walks upright, wears a top hat and uses a cane. He's known for singing and dancing. He was created by Chuck Jones and is said to have been based on Ed Sullivan. He was once the mascot of the Warner Brothers television network.
Baby Taz is a toddler. The baby version of the Tasmanian Devil causes much destruction in the "Baby Looney Tunes" universe, spinning everywhere he goes and breaking everything. He also hates to bathe and often mistakes regular objects for food. He is voiced by Ian James Corlett.
Petunia Pig is Porky Pig's girlfriend and looks very similar to her boyfriend. Petunia was created by Frank Tashlin and made her debut in 1937. She's been voiced by more than five people throughout the years.
Penelope is Pepé Le Pew's love interest. She is a black cat, but always finds a way to have a white stripe down her back, be it intentional or by accident. This makes her appear to be a skunk and attracts Pepé to her. She doesn't ever speak, but her 'meows' were mostly voiced by Mel Blanc.
Henery Hawk is a small, brown, chicken hawk with a very high-pitched voice that makes him sound like a mobster. He was created by Chuck Jones and Robert McKimson. He only appeared in 12 cartoons, often with Foghorn Leghorn.
Miss Prissy is an old unmarried hen who wears a blue bonnet and wire glasses. She lives in a chicken coop with other chickens in Foghorn Leghorn's yard and often forms part of his cartoon tales. She's made fun of (by other chickens in her coop) for being boring.
Lola Bunny is Bugs Bunny's girlfriend and often calls him 'Bun Bun,' her pet name for him. She is charming, friendly and a very fast talker. Lola Bunny is voiced by Kristen Wiig. Lola is a fairly new addition to the "Looney Tunes" franchise; She appeared for the first time in 1996.
Tweety Bird is a yellow canary with a rather large head and feet. He is Granny's pet and lives in her apartment. Tweety is constantly hunted by Sylvester, who sees him as nothing but a quick snack. Despite numerous close calls, Tweety always seems to escape Sylvester's clutches.
Hector is Granny's pet, along with Tweety Bird and Sylvester the Cat. The first version of Hector appeared in 1945, but it wasn't until 1947 that the character was mostly finalized.
Baby Sylvester is a black and white cat with a big red nose. He loves getting attention from Granny, but does his utmost to catch her other pet, Baby Tweety Bird. He is best friends with Baby Daffy, and his favorite hobby is eating.
Benny is a big black and white cat with red hair on his head. He has only appeared in two "Looney Tunes" cartoons, and he was voiced by Stan Freberg.
Melissa Duck is the blonde girlfriend of Daffy Duck and is featured in numerous cartoons. However, she is only once referred to as Melissa. She first appeared in 1950 in a cartoon called, "The Scarlet Pumpernickel."
Gossamer is a big, red, hairy monster with two large, white tennis shoes. He was created by Chuck Jones in 1946 although was only officially named in a cartoon in 1980. He is scary, short tempered and childlike in his behavior.
The Tasmanian Devil is known as Taz to his friends, although in his earlier cartoons his wife calls him Claude. He only appeared in five cartoons in the 1950s and 60s, but made a huge comeback in the 1990s. He has a huge appetite and moves around in a whirling fashion, looking like a mini tornado as he searches for food.
Going by the alias of George P. Dog, this "Looney Tune"s character is the direct rival of Foghorn Leghorn, although he has appeared with Sylvester and Daffy Duck among others. He was created by Robert McKimson and voiced by Ben Falcone and Mel Blanc.
Yosemite Sam is a short man with an even shorter temper. He is easily recognized by his massive hat and big red mustache. He has a strong cowboy accent and is mostly seen chasing Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. He has appeared in various guises over the years but is often seen dressed as a cowboy.
Baby Daffy is one of the "Baby Looney Tunes" characters, along with Baby Bugs and Baby Lola. His full name is Baby Daffy Horatio Tiberius Duck, and he is terribly scared of robots! The series first aired in 2001 and shows the most famous "Looney Tunes" characters as babies and small children.
Variants of Claude Cat (which is a play on words for "clawed cat") were used by Chuck Jones in the 1940s. In 1949 he was redesigned slightly and given his name. He then appeared in "Mouse Wreckers" where he first came upon his arch-enemies, Hubie and Bertie, two mice. He was retired in the 1960s.
Slowpoke Rodriguez is a very slow-moving mouse, and family of Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in Mexico. He makes up for this by being particularly smart. He has the ability to hypnotize others and used this on Sylvester the Cat on occasion.
He is a large Briard Sheepdog with white fur and red hair over his eyes. He was created by Chuck Jones and voiced by Frank Welker. Sam’s arch-enemy is Ralph Wolf who is very similar to Wile E. Coyote, but who prefers sheep to road runners. Of course, it is Sam's job to protect the sheep from the hungry wolf. Sam even appeared in the 1988 animated movie, "Who Framed Rodger Rabbit."
Hippety Hopper is a baby kangaroo that has appeared in a number of "Looney Tunes" cartoons. Sylvester the Cat often mistakes Hippety for a large mouse that he attempts to catch. Kangaroos, however, like to kick, much to Sylvester's chagrin. Sylvester and Hippety Hopper were featured together in cartoons for 16 years.
Charlie Dog is a homeless hound that often stars with Porky Pig, whom he wishes would adopt him. He was modified from an earlier Bob Clampett character by Chuck Jones. He also starred in later cartoons without Porky and with other minor "Looney Tunes" characters.
Witch Hazel is often found chasing Bugs Bunny, wanting him as an ingredient for her witches brew. She is your typical cartoon witch with a green body, raven black hair and broomstick. While multiple actors have voiced this character, June Foray did it the longest.
Baby Petunia is friends with Baby Melissa. She's more mature than the other characters in the series, "Baby Looney Tunes." She became a character partway through the first season of the show.
The son of Miss Prissy, Eggbert is sometimes called Egghead Jr. He is a small chicken with a large head. He never speaks, only mumbles, but is very clever and usually shows up in Foghorn Leghorn cartoons.
Baby Melissa is a cute, yellow duckling, although she can be very bossy. She is easily recognized for her orange ponytail that always stands upright. She is the good friend of Baby Petunia. Janyse Jaud voices this "Baby Looney Tunes" character.
Hyde is a character in the 1955 cartoon, "Hyde and Hare," created by Friz Freleng. He is voiced by Mel Blanc. Hyde is the evil monster who Dr. Jekyll turns into when he drinks a bubbling potion. The cartoon also stars Bugs Bunny.
Cecil is a green turtle that walks upright. He is only seen in three cartoons, all featuring Bugs Bunny. In fact, in all three, Cecil gets the better of Bugs, something Elmer Fudd had been trying to do for years. He debuted in 1941 in a cartoon called "Tortoise Beats Hare."
Chester is a small terrier dog with yellow fur and brown spiky ears. Chester plays opposite Spike the Bulldog and they both have it out with Sylvester.
Marc Antony is a big bulldog with extremely long lips and thin back legs. He was created by Chuck Jones and voiced by Mel Blanc. He is often seen in "Looney Tunes" cartoons with a small black kitten named Pussyfoot, who he dotes on. Marc Antony only appeared between 1951 and 1958.
Hugo is an abominable snowman. Hugo likes rabbits, and in his cartoons with Bugs Bunny, Hugo tries to turn Bugs into his pet (named George.) While not a common character, Hugo has been in a number of shorts over the years.