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Joe Glow The Firefly
(Jones, 1941)
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Nap Time   The camper who Joe the firefly visits looks very familiar. He is definately a caricature of director Chuck Jones!

The Wacky Worm
(Freleng, 1941)
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What, a Peach?
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Binder Peaches   Henry Binder is memorialized here on a can of peaches - "Binder Brand Peaches".

Nutty News
(Clampett, 1942)
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Binder Caricature   The character in this scene is a caricature of Henry Binder, Leon Schlesinger's assistant.

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Two more

Cal and Ken   Cal Dalton (on left) and Ken Harris are caricatured in this scene.

[Note: I originally incorrectly identified the person on the left to be Leon Schlesinger (as did Cartoon Network) but these two caricatures are clearly based on the Dalton and Harris ones which appeared in a famous T. Hee Christmas card.]

Tortoise Wins By A Hare
(Clampett, 1943)
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What a design!
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A Better Tortoise Shell?   The new tortoise shell design has a few interesting notes on it. Near the bottom it has a airflow line labelled "passing wind". Under this is the name of the designer, Michael Sasanoff. This happens to be the name of a writer at the studio.

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Bye Bye Adolf?

The News Today   One of the headlines in the bottom right corner of the picture reads "Adolf Hitler Commits Suicide".

The Wise Quacking Duck
(Clampett, 1943)
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Buy Bonds
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Shielded From View   Daffy spins around a statue and for only a few frames you can see a message on the shield: "Buy Bonds". This cartoon was made during World War II - which was a time when the citizens were encouraged to buy war bonds.
[Thanks to Jon Cooke for pointing out this one to me.]

Yankee Doodle Daffy
(Freleng, 1943)
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A Friz Pic
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Friz sighting!   On the wall behind Sleepy Lagoon is a portrait of the director, Friz Freleng. If you look closely, it is signed "Love, from Uncle Friz".

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Two more familar faces

Portraits of the Looney   In this scene you can see two stars of the cartoon caricatured in portraits here - Bugs and Elmer. Now considering the fact that Warner Bros. wouldn't win their first cartoon Oscar for another 4 years, one might wonder why they have one placed between the portraits...

Wackiki Wabbit
(Jones, 1943)
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Castaways
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Mike and Tedd   There are two castaways in this cartoon which are modelled on the writers, Michael Maltese (the short one) and Tedd Pierce (the taller one). They even provided the voices for the characters.

Daffy The Commando
(Freleng, 1943)
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What's that?
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Bunker artwork?   On the wall of the German bunker is a poster which was most likely not put there for children - but which would be on the minds of the average soldier. It has the title "Kaiserhof" over an image of a woman in her birthday suit.






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