The animated anarchy of Looney Tunes hit the mid-twentieth century like one of those falling anvils dropped by the Coyote on the Roadrunner. Throughout the 1930s and 60s, the Warner Bros Entertainment Company produced one animated nugget of comedy gold after the other, introducing us to a cast full of icons. From Bugs Bunny — the slick rabbit that could smooth talk his way out of — to Daffy Duck, the despicable duck who’d find a way to talk his way into death, the characters are memorable mostly because they are so outrageous. But where can you watch the vintage adventures of Porky Pig, Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, and, the biggest badass of the bunch, Tweety Bird?
If you do a cursory look online, you might only see the newer stuff. So where can you find the older stuff? Here’s a brief guide. To watch, all you need is internet access, and in some cases, a willingness to check out a website that isn’t 100 percent licensed. (We promise the shadier website option ins’t full of porn, just Looney Tunes.)
So, here are two places online to watch classic Looney Tunes; one that costs money and one that doesn’t. Plus shout-outs to a few classic shorts to check out while you’re browsing.
With a Boomerang subscription of $5 a-month, you and your kids can watch a library of classic Looney Tunes episodes from the original series, going all the way back to the original Bugs Bunny short. Boomerang’s lay out is kid friendly too, so kids can log in and see some of your favorite picks of the original show. Here are some shorts to check out here.
Main character: Daffy
Arguably one of the most mind-bendingly original animations of all time is the Looney Tunes episode ‘Duck Amuck’ which features Daffy facing off against a sadistic animator, who tortures Daffy throughout the short. Parts of Daffy gets erased, his background disappears and reappears, he has to fight a copy of himself and his mental stability completely breaks down. And it’s all for our amusement.
“What’s Opera, Doc?”
Main character: Bugs Bunny
Half musical, half madcap chase movie. In ‘What’s Opera, Doc,’ Looney Tunes’ resident hunter Elmer Fudd tries to track and kill Bugs Bunny which would be fairly standard Looney Tune fare except that the entire episode is set to the musical score of classical operatic numbers.
Here’s that Boomerang link again.
The plus of Super Cartoon’s website is that it is completely free and offers loads of classic Looney Tune shorts. The minus is that there’s no way to look up specific shorts because there’s no search bar, and instead you have to click through pages of content to find what you’re looking for. And when you do find a video, there’s no navigability, you can’t pause, fast forward or rewind. But hey, there’s a lot of free content here, and the site at least organizes the videos by character so if you’re interested in Porky, you don’t have to click through tons of Marvin the Martian videos. Here’s where you can start.
“Dough for the Dodo”
Main character: Porky
Porky flies to Africa and ends up in a Dali-esque dreamscape to capture a Dodo bird for prize money worth trillions of dollars. But this is Looney Tunes we’re talking about, and in the Looney Tunes no hunted animal goes down easy, and the dodo bird is no exception. Instead, Porky has a very, very surreal time.
“Bad Ol’ Putty Tat”
Main characters: Tweety and Sylvester
‘Bad Ol’ Putty Tat’ features one of the first pair-ups of Sylvester and Tweety. In it, Sylvester is hungry and wants to eat Tweety, which would be a lot easier if Tweety wasn’t held up high in a birdhouse. Throughout the short Sylvester tries and hilariously fails to dine on Tweety, setting up the status quo their relationship for the rest of time.
Here’s that Super Cartoons link again. Remember, of the two links, this one is cheaper, but it’s also not official at all. You’ve been warned. Many times now!
The next official Looney Tunes movie is a rumored sequel to Space Jam, which we all really hope will star LeBron James alongside Bugs and the rest of the gang. But, as of now, no one knows for sure.