Wednesday, August 22, 2007

First Looney Tunes Reference

Earlier I wrote that a scene from Kitten With a Whip (1964) was "one of the first references to Warner Brothers cartoons in a non-WB movie." I'd forgotten about the ending of the 1958 Paramount production The Geisha Boy:

Of course since Frank Tashlin wrote and directed this movie, you could argue that this is more of a Looney Tunes insider reference than anything else. But still, it might be the first time that Looney Tunes cartoons were referred to as a general cultural reference instead of Warner Brothers plugging itself (e.g. My Dream is Yours).

Jerry Lewis's delivery of the Porky Pig line isn't all that good, by the way. He doesn't seem to realize that he's not supposed to stutter on "folks."


Michael Jones said...

When Jerry stutters on "folks" it sounds kind of rude.

Anonymous said...

Technically, I suppose George Pal's use of Bugs in 1944's "Jasper Goes Hunting" was the first time you got a Warner Bros. reference in a Paramount Picture, but the studio was still under Leon Schlesinger's ownership at the time, so he could do whatever he wanted with the character.