Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (partially found original title cards for animated shorts; 1930s-1940s)
Original title card for 1946 short "The Mouse-Merized Cat", sourced from a black and white 16mm print.
Status: Partially Found
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were widely-popular short animated subjects created by Warner Brothers, being released from 1929 to 1969. However, in September 1943, Warner Brothers began re-releasing various shorts from 1935 to 1948 as "Blue Ribbons". These replaced the original titles of the short being reissued due to Jack Warner thinking it could save money. In their place, the Merrie Melodies logo was displayed on a red background with a blue ribbon (hence the name of "Blue Ribbon") and a trophy for the Grand Shorts Award. Then, on the same background, the title of the short would be displayed. The versions with the original titles are now hard to find and can only be discovered through duplicates, due to Warner Brothers directly splicing the Blue Ribbon titles into the original negative of the shorts that were reissued. Most of them have only been found through The Looney Tunes Golden Collection, while very few were found by collectors and historians.
- A list of shorts with Blue Ribbon reissues. Retrieved 20 Aug '16
- Misce-Looney-ous blog on the original short's title cards. Retrieved 20 Aug '16