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QUIZ / Entertainment

Name That Looney Tunes Character

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In 1930, Warner Bros. launched a series of cartoon shorts to compete against Walt Disney’s juggernaut, Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon with synchronized sound (though the character had been introduced months earlier). The Warner cartoons were developed with an ulterior motive beyond furthering animation: they were first produced to promote Warner’s music. The company had recently purchased Brunswick Records for $28 million and were eager to find new ways to inspire customers to shell out a few extra bucks for sheet music and phonograph records. This is the reason why Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies are named as such.

Looney Tunes has been a part of every North American’s childhood ever since the 1930s. To this day, Walt Disney still possesses less memorable one-off characters than Warner Brothers. Even though they didn’t show up more than a few times, so many characters appear in today’s pop culture lexicon. Late night shows, stand up comics, and movies still make use of pop culture’s communal knowledge of beloved characters. They are a shorthand for just about any persona. The overly amorous gentleman caller is easily recognized as Pepe Le Pew. The wiseass will forever be Bugs Bunny.

So how much of your own childhood was influenced by Bugs, Tweety, Sylvester, and Elmer? Surely some pop culture reference is still rolling around in your head like a cartoon X-ray. Take the quiz and see just how well you recall your childhood.

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