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Cap'n's Cabaret #108: Loonie Tunes and Merrie Melodies!

The Warner Brothers have entered the animation game with some unforgettable characters of their own!

Taking on Disney's Silly Symphonies head on, the Warners have launched a two-pronged animated offensive with Loonie Tunes and Merrie Melodies. A product of the dream team of Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising, these silly music-driven shorts are sure to get your gut shaking and your feet tapping.

And boy have they taken the animated world by storm, with unforgettable characters sure to remain in the Animation lexicon for ages to come.

You know the famous characters I mean; name 'em with me, folks!

Bosko [warning, offensive blackface characterization], Buddy, and the unforgettable Foxy (pictured).

And if Foxy looks a little bit familiar, there's a reason. It seems Harman drew some mice on a picture he made for Disney, which would serve as an inspiration for Mickey. Figuring tit-for-tat, Harman resurrected his mouse doodle as a fox!

 Hmmm...horse's neck...cocktail...I sense a foreshadowing...

And yet, bad news, animation fans. It seems that Harman and Ising are leaving the Warner Brothers studio and taking Bosko with them.

But that's not all, folks!

It seems with Harman and Ising leaving the studio, the Warner Brothers are gambling on a relatively young artist by the name of Frederick "Tex" Avery.  So far, with the big star Bosko gone Mr. Avery is introducing the world to a stuttering little pig named Porky, designed by animator Bob Clampett.

Do you think Porky Pig will ever attain the fame of Bosko and Buddy? Perhaps the color animation will help the sell.

In th..the int th...the in th...the mean time, h-he, h-he, h-here's a great l-libay, l-libay, l-libay, an great drink:

Horse's Neck Cocktail:

[image from celtnet.org.uk]

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 8 oz Ginger Ale
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Place a long spiral lemon peel into a Tom Collins glass, overhanging the side (to resemble a horse's neck). Add ice. Add bourbon, ginger ale, and bitters. Stir well.

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