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Looney Tunes

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Looney Tunes is a series of theatrical cartoon shorts, produced by Warner Brothers since the late 1930s, early 1940s. These cartoons are famous for launching characters like Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety & Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, the Tasmanian Devil, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn,... and many others. Since the 1950s the cartoons continued their popularity broadcast on television. Looney Tunes, as one of the most influential cartoon series of all time, has naturally been referenced in The Simpsons many times.

References to Looney Tunes in The Simpsons[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
2 27 Principal Charming Marge tells her sister Patty that she has to wax the mustache on her upper lip because, "...you don't want to go out on your first date looking like Yosemite Sam". Yosemite Sam is a villainous cowboy in the Looney Tunes universe, known for his large moustache.
3 39 "Bart the Murderer" Two horses in the race are named Sufferin' Succotash and Ooh, Ain't I a Stinker?, which are catchphrases of respectively Sylvester the cat and Bugs Bunny.
Homer Alone Looney Tunes Bart.pngHomer Alone Looney Tunes Homer.png 3 50 "Homer Alone" The Brat'us Don'thaveacow'us & Homo Neanderthel'us scene makes a reference to a typical way many Road Runner cartoons start off, where the Coyote and Road Runner freeze frame during a chase while a subtitle gives their supposed Latin names for a few seconds.
4 69 "Lisa's First Word" When toddler Bart hears Lisa say her first word, he exclaims: "Sufferin' succotash!", Sylvester's catchphrase.
Bart's Inner Child Looney Tunes.png 5 88 "Bart's Inner Child" The scene where Homer dumps the trampoline of a cliff is a parody of the Road Runner cartoons.
Rock Bottom Correction - LBJ - Yosemite Sam.png 6 112 "Homer Badman" One of the corrections made by Rock Bottom is "Lyndon Johnson did not provide the voice of Yosemite Sam".
Hark to the Tale of Nelson.png 127 "Lemon of Troy" While Martin sings "Hark to the Tale of Nelson", he prances and skips around Nelson in the same way as Chester the terrier with Spike the bulldog in the shorts Tree for Two and Dr. Jekyl's Hide.
7 146 "The Day the Violence Died" The Itchy and Scratchy cartoon appearing near the end of the episode has Itchy chasing Scratchy in a desert landscape at super speed, resembling the Road Runner cartoons.
Alfline up.png 8 163 "The Springfield Files" Marvin the Martian appears in a line-up of aliens and utters his catchphrase This makes me so angry, when he and the others aliens are told to leave again.
167 "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" June Bellamy, the voice of Itchy and Scratchy, claims she did the voice of the Road Runner, but the studio had her record only one "meep". To avoid having to pay her more (to record two "meep"s), the studio then doubled the "meep" in playback to produce the Road Runner's characteristic "meep-meep". June Bellamy herself is a parody of Looney Tunes voice actress June Foray.
Warner Brothers Network.png 9 181 "Lisa's Sax" Michigan J. Frog appears as the mascot of The Warner Brothers Network, which he was in reality too at the time.
11 228 "Brother's Little Helper" Chief Wiggum says to Bart "That's the end of your Looney Tune, Drugs Bunny!"
Los Souvenir Jacquitos.png 13 282 "The Old Man and the Key" One of Los Souvenir Chaquitos wears a Tasmanian Devil jacket.
283 "Tales from the Public Domain" In the "D'oh, Brother Where Art Thou?" segment Captain Horatio McCallister plays the Greek sea god Poseidon and torments Homer's ship by creating a wave. McCallister then grins: "Ain't I a stinker?" This is a direct reference to the classic Warner Brothers cartoon "Duck Amuck" (1953), in which Daffy Duck is tormented by an invisible animator, who turns out to be Bugs Bunny in the end, grinning: "Ain't I a stinker?"
There's Something About Marrying Looney Tunes.png 16 345 "There's Something About Marrying" After Bart and Milhouse's attempt to get a seedless watermelon dropped on Barney Gumble by using a can of Duff Beer as bait backfires, Barney says to the boys "Now, as the Road Runner said to the coyote..." then jumps up ala the Road Runner saying "Meep-meep!" and zips off with a ricochet sound effect.
Hugs Bunny ep.png 17 363 "The Last of the Red Hat Mamas" The rabbit at the Easter celebration is called Hugs Bunny, a reference to Bugs Bunny. Later, Homer mentions the Road Runner, surprised to learn there is an actual bird by that name.
G.I. D'oh Looney Tunes 1.pngG.I. D'oh Looney Tunes 2.pngG.I. D'oh Looney Tunes 3.pngG.I. D'oh Looney Tunes 4.png 18 383 "G.I. (Annoyed Grunt)" The scene where Homer is getting chased by the helicopter drone is a parody of Looney Tunes. Homer fools the drone by reading a newspaper, dressing like a female drone, using soap suds to disguise himself as an old man in the bath (which prompts the drone to hold up a sign saying "Sorry, sir") and then sneaking around, hiding behind objects and luring the drone into a dark cupboard full of TNT and when the drone lights a match to see, it explodes. The monitor that the Army colonel is watching this on then says "That's All Folks!"
Smoke on the Daughter Looney Tunes.png 19 415 "Smoke on the Daughter" The couch gag shows Wile E. Coyote paint the couch on the wall. The family run into and gets hurt as Maggie zooms in and exclaims the Road Runner's one words "Meep Meep".
417 "Apocalypse Cow" One of the chickens is named "Leghorn", a reference to Foghorn Leghorn.
Aint-I-A-Stinger.png 22 476 "Homer the Father" The Itchy & Scratchy cartoon is titled "Ain't I a Stinger?", punning one of Bugs Bunny's catchphrases.
Coyote.pngRoad Runner.png 479 "The Scorpion's Tale" A Coyote and Road Runner appear in the desert in a parody of the Road Runner cartoons.
THOHXXII Patty Selma Looney Tunes.pngTHOHXXII Falling Rock Looney Tunes.pngTHOHXXII Ned Flanders Looney Tunes.png 23 489 "Treehouse of Horror XXII" Ned Flanders killing Patty and Selma with a rock is a parody of the Road Runner cartoons. He then runs off with a "meep meep".
24 513 "Penny-Wiseguys" Bart mentions Bugs Bunny recognizing theme song.
Mixed Martian Arts.png 520 "Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing" Marvin the Martian appears in the fighting video game Mixed Martian Arts.
Luca$ - Looney Tunes Reference.png 25 547 "Luca$" A parody of Road Runner.
The Yellow Badge of Cowardge - Looney Tunes Reference.png 552 "The Yellow Badge of Cowardge" Edwin Moses falls off a cliff in a parody of the Road Runner cartoons.
30 643 "Treehouse of Horror XXIX" The song Lisa sings in "Multiplisa-ty" is "You'll Be Trapped", a parody of "This Is It", the theme song for The Bugs Bunny Show, written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston.

In "Geriatric Park", one of the Los Souvenir Jacquitos has the Tasmanian Devil on his jacket.


Comics[edit]

Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
Simpsons Comics #72 Homer's Run When Bart's pager starts beeping, Homer says, "Hey there's a Road Runner on the island. We eat tonight! Lisa, go get me a giant slingshot, anvil and some dynamite."
Elmer.png Simpsons Comics #179 Itchy & Scratchy in Mousery The Elmer award is a statue of Elmer Fudd and is named after him.
Bart Simpson #38 Milhouse's Guide to Keeping it Cool Milhouse hops around Bart and acts like the character Chester the terrier with Spike the bulldog in the shorts Tree for Two and Dr. Jekyl's Hide.
Be Vewwy Vewwy Quiet.png Bart Simpson #68 The Great Springfield Gold Rush In Ranger Todd's puppet show about the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, John Sutter says, "Shhh! Be vewwy, vewwy, quiet ... we're hunting gold!" in the same style as Elmer Fudd.

Books[edit]

Picture Book Reference
Bart Simpson's Guide to Life The Tasmanian Devil is mentioned as having come from the state of Tasmania, Australia.

Games[edit]

Picture Game Reference
The Simpsons Game The chasm death cliché in the level Bargain Bin is a reference to Wile E. Coyote.
Hugs Bunny.png The Simpsons: Tapped Out Hugs Bunny is a character in the game.

Special guest voices[edit]

Cast[edit]

Picture Name Role in Looney Tunes Role on The Simpsons
June Foray.jpg June Foray Provided the voice of Granny in Tweety & Sylvester and Witch Hazel in Bugs Bunny. Voiced the receptionist for the Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Babysitting Service in the Season 1 episode "Some Enchanted Evening".

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