The 1930s


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How to read the guide

Film's Title (Year of Release)Director (see below) Years of Colorization (see below) Blue Ribbon (see below)

Short synopsis (or is that "short's synopsis?")

Cast (click here to learn about our new ongoing project, The Mel Blanc List)

Video Release of the Cartoon (Video Studio, Video's Year of Release)

Director Key

TA - Tex Avery / RC - Robert Clampett / CJ - Chuck Jones

Additional years following the directors' credits indicate when black-and-white cartoons were colorized. The 1968 process involved tracing every other frame or so, coloring them in by hand, and then reshooting them over colorized copies of the backgrounds, essentially creating a very stilted, ugly final film. The 1990s process involved a computer adding color to the original animation. A number of the black-and-white cartoons are in the public domain, but for some reason public domain video releases have also used the 1968 versions, even though those are still copyrighted by Warner Bros. For video releases that are listed, titles without an asterisk include the original black-and-white version, while titles with an asterisk include the 1990s version. The 1968 versions have never been officially released on home video (see below for public domain explanation).

The notation BR following the directors' credits indicates when color cartoons were reissued in the studio's "Blue Ribbon" series. From 1943 to 1956, the process involved removing the individual shorts' title and credits sequence, replacing them with a uniform title card at the end of the standard Warner Bros. bullseye opening. Only very recently has Warner Bros. started restoring these cartoons with their original title sequences. For video releases that are listed, titles with two asterisks include the original print of the cartoon with its original title sequence.

Video titles in red are out of print. Titles in black or presented as entire ordering links are still in print. Links will go to the releases' respective product pages on Amazon. Since most out-of-print titles are offered either new or used by Amazon's individual sellers, order links are provided for most (just click on the video's release information). We also recommend eBay for your out-of-print needs. When you shop online for older videos, do take caution and know exactly what you are buying, as many sellers usually aren't sure what they're selling!

Shorts with the phrase PUBLIC DOMAIN in their synopses are (obviously enough) shorts that are in the public domain and can be found on many ultra-budget video releases produced by unheard-of fly-by-night companies. Since it would be futile to track down and list every single public domain video release, we have listed a very scant number of key releases to help point you in the right direction. A few public domain video releases use film prints that may be unintentionally missing scenes. We will do our best to note such edited versions. And again do note that for black-and-white cartoons that are in the public domain, some video releases have instead used the 1968 colorized versions.

All releases listed here are in the NTSC color format, the North American standard. All titles are VHS unless noted.

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Porky's Duck Hunt - Daffy Duck & Egghead - Porky and Daffy - The Daffy Doc - Daffy Duck in Hollywood
Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur - Scalp Trouble - Wise Quacks


Porky's Duck Hunt (1937)TA 1968 1990

Tex Avery's groundbreaking classic that pitted hunter Porky against an as-yet-unnamed "crazy darn fool duck." Features Mel Blanc voicing Porky for the first time.

Mel Blanc: Porky Pig, Daffy Duck
Billy Bletcher: Upstairs Neighbor, Bass Fish

Daffy Duck: The Nuttiness Continues... (WHV, 1985)
The Essential Daffy Duck (WHV DVD, 2011)
Porky Pig 101 (WHV/Warner Archive DVD, 2017)

Daffy Duck & Egghead (1938)TA BR

Egghead tries his hand at duck hunting, and he too comes across Daffy. Features Daffy singing "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" and Egghead shooting a member of the audience. Daffy's first color cartoon.

Daffy! (MGM, 1988)
Daffy! & Porky! (MGM Laserdisc, 1988)
The Golden Age of Looney Tunes (MGM Laserdisc, 1991)
The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volume 2: Firsts (MGM, 1992)
The Golden Age of Looney Tunes VHS boxed set (MGM, 1992)
**Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Three (WHV DVD, 2005)
**The Essential Daffy Duck (WHV DVD, 2011)

Porky and Daffy (1938)RC 1968 1990

Porky is a boxing manager who sends his fighter, Daffy, to take on The Champ, a large snarling rooster.

*Daffy Duck: Tales From the Duckside (WHV, 1992)
Looney Tunes the Collector's Edition: Porky and Daffy (WHV/Columbia House, 2001)
Angels with Dirty Faces (WHV DVD, 2005)
Warner Bros. Pictures Gangsters Collection boxed set (WHV DVD, 2005)
Warner Bros. Pictures Gangsters Collection Vol. 1 boxed set (WHV DVD, 2005)
Porky Pig 101 (WHV/Warner Archive DVD, 2017)

The Daffy Doc (1938)RC 1968 1995

Fired by his boss Dr. Quack, Dr. Daffy Duck tries to find himself a patient to operate on. He finds happy-go-lucky Porky, who isn't sick at all.

PUBLIC DOMAIN

Daffy Duck: The Nuttiness Continues... (WHV, 1985)
Marx Brothers Collection boxed set (WHV DVD, 2004)
Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Five (WHV DVD, 2007)
The Essential Daffy Duck (WHV DVD, 2011)
Porky Pig 101 (WHV/Warner Archive DVD, 2017)

Daffy Duck in Hollywood (1938)TA

Daffy wreaks havoc on a movie director's set, and then splices together his own film to show to the head of the studio.

Daffy! (MGM, 1988)
Daffy! & Porky! (MGM Laserdisc, 1988)
The Golden Age of Looney Tunes (MGM Laserdisc, 1991)
The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volume 9: Hooray for Hollywood (MGM, 1992)
The Golden Age of Looney Tunes VHS boxed set (MGM, 1992)
Looney Tunes the Collector's Edition: Tex-Book Looney (WHV/Columbia House, 1999)
Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Three (WHV DVD, 2005)

Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur (1939)CJ

Casper Caveman and his pet brontosaurus go duck hunting. Daffy eludes them with a gigantic inflatable duck.

PUBLIC DOMAIN

Daffy Duck Cartoon Festival Featuring "Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur" (MGM, 1986)
Inside Termite Terrace Volume II: Tokio Jokio (Bosko Video, 1988)
Daffy Duck and Company (MGM, 1990)
The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volume 3 (MGM Laserdisc, 1992)
Cartoon Explosion Vol. 1 (Front Row Entertainment DVD, 2001)
Cartoon Craze Presents Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur (Genius Entertainment DVD, 2004)
Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Three (WHV DVD, 2005)
Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection 7 (WHV DVD, 2009)

Scalp Trouble (1939)RC 1968 1995

Indians attack Porky's cavalry headquarters, where Daffy the captain (sporting a Napoleon hat) has a bad physical reaction to ammunition.

PUBLIC DOMAIN

Porky Pig 101 (WHV/Warner Archive DVD, 2017)

Wise Quacks (1939)RC 1995

Drunken Daffy becomes a father, and Porky has to defend the ducklings from a squad of vultures.

Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Five (WHV DVD, 2007)
Porky Pig 101 (WHV/Warner Archive DVD, 2017)


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