TONIGHT in LA: 100 Greatest Looney Tunes

Come celebrate the publication of my latest book tonight at the Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Ave. We are having a screening of Technicolor Looney Tunes in 35mm, and a special first-day-of-publication book signing (be the first to obtain a copy – autographed no less). On top of that, PBS’ History Detectives will be there filming a segment tonight and will be taping the audience reaction to Buddy’s Day Out (the first “Buddy” cartoon – and NO, not one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes. Far from it, in fact).

Join us tonight night (6/1) at 8pm, in Hollywood, at the CineFamily/Silent Movie Theatre. (And if you can’t make it tonight, the book should ship today via Amazon and be in a bookstore near you in a few days.)


  • http://dmgermain.blogspot.com David Germain

    “will be taping the audience reaction to Buddy’s Day Out”

    I have a feeling it won’t inspire too much “Woogie Woogie Woogie” in anyone. ;)

  • Bill Field

    Is Buddy considered a Looney Tune series? I thought he came far earlier than the moniker, Looney Tunes. I wish I was in LA tonight! Jerry, congrats on a terrific page in your own history…so to speak.

  • http://dmgermain.blogspot.com David Germain

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kPhP3ZNw6A&feature=related

    As you can see from that link to the first full WB cartoon, the Looney Tunes name goes all the way back to the beginning of the studio.

  • Thom Foolery

    How much will the books be at the theater tonight?

  • Gary Flinn

    I’m curious on why History Detectives is interested in “Buddy’s Day Out.”

  • http://www.cartoonresearch.com jerry

    Gary – The PBS show is doing a segment on Buddy… you’ll have to wait until it airs to understand why. I’ll plug the air date (in the fall) when I know it.

    Thom – The books sold tonight will be at full retail price.

  • Pez

    are you screening the top 10? or a random selection of toons?

  • http://www.cartoonresearch.com jerry

    Pez – Random.

  • Grayson Ponti

    Haha Jerry. Buddy is probably the one of the worst cartoon characters ever created and is so boring. I love the Looney Tunes more than anything but not enough to say Buddy’s Day Out is a good film.

  • Jessica

    Congrats Jerry!(:Cant wait to pick this up.

  • Tony Montealegre

    I’ve reviewed Buddy’s Day Out on imdb as tavm there. While it had some amusing sight gags, those animals and insects constantly saying “woogie, woogie, woogie” contributed highly to the annoyingness factor.

  • http://goldenagecartoons.com Matthew Hunter

    “Buddy’s Day Out” was so bad that Warner Bros. hated it and sent it back to Schlesinger to be reworked. It got director Tom Palmer fired!

    Many of the other Buddy shorts, especially those by Earl Duvall and Friz Freleng, are funny and enjoyable on their own. But watch more than a couple in a row and it’s sheer torture. 1933-1934 was not a good year for Warner cartoons, take it from someone who has watched them all in a row!

  • J Lee

    “Buddy’s Day Out” may not be one of the 100 best Looney Tunes, but it’s definitely one of the 100 most important ones, because of the changes it caused due to J.L. hating it so much he forced Leon to go out and re-hire Friz Freleng and bring in other people, like Frank Tashlin, which set the studio’s future path in motion.

  • Looney Lover

    I’m really sorry I missed the screening. could you post a list of what I missed? Thank you

  • http://www.WarnerArt.com Eric

    History Detectives? First Buddy cartoon? OK, my interest is piqued.

  • Joe Heffernan

    Got the book from Amazon and it’s a real delight! The design is great and the text is fun and informative at the same time! A marvelous book and I’d recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat!

  • Steven Burstein

    I hate to sound like Ann Coulter, but I have to make this correction to part of the RUSSIAN RHAPSODY article in the book.1:Joe McCarthy chaired a Senate subcomitee, not HUAC. McCarthy was in the Senate, not the House, and he didn’t bring anyone before HUAC.2:The Army-McCarthy hearings were to investigate the Army, not Hollywood animators, so, no, the cartoon’s director would not have recieved a summons.3:Anybody who got a HUAC summons(Other than as a friendly witness)probably had been either a Communist or a member of one or more of the front groups.I don’t know who was blacklisted for having drawn Stalin in a cartoon.