Looney Tunes Characters

Friday, September 23 by Russell Deza

These wacky “Looney Tunes” characters entertained audiences for generations with their silly capers and hilarious escapades. Appearing in countless television shows, theatrical releases and comic books, these “Looney Tunes” characters can also be spotted in a myriad of products and merchandise.

  1. Bugs Bunny. The flagship character of the “Looney Tunes” universe, Bugs Bunny first appeared opposite Porky Pig in 1938. Almost always playing the part of a trickster, this crazy hare pretty much gets what he wants thanks to his determination, fearlessness and creativity. Aside from his regular television appearances, Bugs Bunny has also been seen in several movies and films. This “Looney Tunes” icon even top-billed a movie with the legendary Michael Jordan as they battle nefarious aliens on the basketball court in "Space Jam".

  2. Porky Pig. The lovable pig with the somewhat exaggerated stutter was actually the go-to-guy for Warner Brothers during the early years. Porky Pig was the “Looney Tunes” star attraction in the 1930s, but his popularity waned following the release of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck. This plump Pig is often depicted as temperamental and bashful. At times, creators tend to dumb him down ,but he can also be very clever when he needs to be. Porky Pig was also a huge part of Dell Comics' impressive twenty year run, which showcased the entire cast of “Looney Tunes” characters.

  3. Daffy Duck. Daffy Duck first appeared as foil to Porky Pig in the 1937 "Looney Tunes" release “Porky's Duck Hunt”. Although he was an unnamed character then, he introduced himself as “Daffy” in his second animated feature, “The Merry-go-round Broke Down”. Among his most popular roles was his hilarious parody of “Buck Rogers” in “Duck Dodgers in the 24½ Century”. This attention seeking “Looney Tunes” character is frequently shown as being greedy, insecure and a is bit of a braggart.

  4. Tweety Bird. A bright, Yellow Canary, Tweety Bird made his debut in 1942. Before being Sylvester Pussycat's arch-nemesis, he had to defend himself against two relentless cats named Babbit and Catstello. After establishing himself as a first-tier “Looney Tunes” character, he made his way into print media appearing opposite the devious Sylvester Pussycat in their very own comic book title. Tweety Bird has a very sweet and innocent demeanor but when challenged, he turns into a very formidable adversary.

  5. Marvin the Martian.  One of the most popular "Looney Tunes" characters isn't even from this planet. Although he started his career as a little-known backup character, Marvin the Martian eventually became one the the most popular “Looney Tunes” characters ever. This alien went head-to-head with Daffy Duck's “Duck Rogers” character when the two space travelers vied for control of the mysterious Planet X. With superior technology always on hand, the Martian is always cool and collected even under extreme duress.   

    -Russell Deza

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