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I Taw A Putty Tat
(Freleng, 1948)
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Fine Products?
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Shelf Life   Tweety hides in a cupboard where some products with familiar names can be found. There's "Grandma Champin's Oatmeal Cookies" (named after the granny of animator Ken Champin) and "Ross Raisins" (as in the animator Virgil Ross).

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More Goodies?

More Friz   A canister of some unnamed product (maybe salt?) is the next in a series of fine "Friz" products - named after Friz Freleng of course. There's also a baking soda box from with the brand name "Hadley Pert & Co." which is most likely a play on the name "Hawley Pratt" - who was a layout artist for the Freleng unit.

Bugs Bunny Rides Again
(Freleng, 1948)
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Name carvings
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Wood Be Gags   Behind Bugs there are several names and initials carved into the door frame. On the right are Mike, Friz and Ted for Michael Maltese, Friz Freleng and Ted(d) Pierce.
Then on the left we see the initials "P.J." for Paul Julian - a background artist. His initials and name made it into a number of films including Ain't That Ducky (Freleng, 1945) and Ballot Box Bunny (Freleng, 1951).

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The Locals

Animator's Funny Businesses   In the background on the right end of the picture there is a local business with the sign "Ken Champin, Veterinary". Ken was one of the animators in this film.
And then right behind the dancing Sam there is another establishment which sports a sign for "G. Chiniquy, Blacksmith". Gerry Chiniquy was another animator on "Bugs Bunny Rides Again". I would assume that a blacksmith shop in a Warner Bros. cartoon would have an ample supply of anvils, wouldn't you?

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One More

More Funny Businesses   And now there are two more businesses to check out. The red "Hadley & Pert Feed & Grain" building is another joke based on the name of Hawley Pratt, the layout artist. Now check out the creme colored building to the right of that. It is labelled as "J. C. Melendez Pulqueria". Melendez was an animator also. But what is a Pulqueria? It's a place where you can enjoy an alcoholic beverage called pulque - a traditional native fermented beverage of Mesoamerica derived from juice of the maguey. It's not well know outside of Mexico because it is difficult to store or preserve.
Note that you can catch some recent commentaries by Melendez along with clips and interviews with him in some of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVDs.

House Hunting Mice
(Jones, 1948)
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Wright or Wrong?
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What's Wrong with this picture?   The "House of Tomorrow" is designed by "F. Lloyd Wrong". This is a play on the name of the famous architect "F. Lloyd Wright".

Kit For Cat
(Freleng, 1948)
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Kitty and Pratt
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In the can   Next to the kitty in the can is a bottle labelled "Pratts Cocktail Sherry" - apparently a reference to Hawley Pratt (layout artist).

Hare Do
(Freleng, 1949)
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Is it Soup?
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Friz Sighting   Behind Bugs is a billboard for another in a long line of fine "Friz" brand products (named after Friz Freleng). The latest offering is "Friz the wonder soup".
[Thanks to Haretonic for the pointer and an image of this gag. ].

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Adverse Reaction?

Mighty Sight   The marquee announces "The Mighty Warner Epic, "Anthony Adverse". There's also a "Dick's Malt Shop" across the street - perhaps a nod to Dick Bickenbach.

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Name Dropping

Building a Name   Atop a building behind the inverted Elmer is a sign which reads "Hadley & Pert". This is another fun variation on Hawley Pratt's name they slipped into the scenery. Pratt was the Freleng unit's layout artist.

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See Backwash

Don't Miss It   A poster in the background is advertising a new feature called "Backwash" starring "Pete Burness". Pete was an animator at Warners.
[Thank you to Martin Juneau for hot tip about this gag.].

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Love The Names

Name That Building   Behind Elmer this time are two more buildings with names on the roof. For the building on the right, it reads "H Love", while on the left it is "Batchelder's". Harry Love and Warren Batchelder were two animators at Warner Bros.

High Diving Hare
(Freleng, 1949)
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Catch Frizby!
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The "Magician"   Behind Bugs is a poster advertizing an act by "Frizby the Magician". Frizby was another nickname for Friz Freleng.

Bad Ol' Putty Tat
(Freleng, 1949)
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Friz on a Crate

Friz sighting   Another entry in the spot-the-Friz (Freleng) series: on the side of the crate there's a Friz label.

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Badminton, anyone?

Two characters? The two badminton players show a striking similarity to the caricatures of Michael Maltese and Tedd Pierce that were used in Wackiki Wabbit (Maltese is on the left, Pierce on the right).

[Thanks to Jack for pointing out this one. ].

Fast and Furry-ous
(Jones, 1949)
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The place to stay?
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Jones Motel   Chuck Jones slipped in a little self-reference on the billboard behind the coyote: "Jones Motel".
[Thanks go to Pat for pointing out this one.]

Bye Bye Bluebeard
(Davis, 1949)
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So Many Bottles...
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The Right Stuff?   Bluebeard goes through Porky's medicine cabinet in a hurry giving us a peek at some interesting bottles. Many of the labels have the names of people: "Frizby Mixture" (Friz Freleng), "Maltese Minestrone" (Michael Maltese), "Ted Pierce's Medicine" (Ted Pierce), "Dr. Foster's Panache" (Warren or Don Foster), "Lydia Hokum" and (Chuck) "Jones Laxative". There are also interesting items like "Castor Erl", "Little Liver Pills" and "Alky Haul".

A Ham In A Role
(McKimson, 1949)
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Leaving the studio
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The studio   As the shakespearean dog heads home, the studio name is visible - Warner Bros.

An Egg Scramble
(McKimson, 1950)
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Prissy Pauses
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Looking for Eggs?   Prissy finds herself outside of a shop called "Foster's Eggs". This is a most likely a reference to Warren Foster, the writer of this cartoon.
Note: see the "By Word of Mouse" entry for another appearance by "Foster's Eggs".

Golden Yeggs
(Freleng, 1950)
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A Crate Scene
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Daffy on the Hadley Seat   The little black duck finds himself seated on a wooden crate in this scene. If you look closely the crate reads "Hadley Scotch".
The layout artist Hawley Pratt often used words derived from his name and Hadley was one of his favorites variations.

Canary Row
(Freleng, 1950)
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Friz and more

Buildings With Familiar Names   First, there's a "Friz" sighting - Friz Freleng liked to slip his nickname into the background scenery. This time Friz is a soft drink and the sign simply implores "Drink Friz! Six Delicious Flavors". But wait, there's more - you can also see where another staff member gets a building named after him. This time it's "Champin's 5 and 10" named after animator Ken Champin. And finally, there's also a "Mike's Grill" to the far right, perhaps a Mike Maltese nod?

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Potter's Field

Potter's Field   At this point in the film, a sign can be seen in the alley behind Sylvester which says that there are auto races July 26 at "Potter's Field". The term "Potter's Field" is used to refer to a graveyard for the poor or unclaimed bodies. Not a likely place for a racetrack...

Pop 'Im Pop
(McKimson, 1950)
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Hippety Hops By...
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Hopping By   Hippety Hopper bounces down the sidewalk past some posters - one of which is covered partially but appears to say "Bugs Bunny in Person".

Rabbit of Seville
(Jones, 1950)
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Concert Sign
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Three Familiar Names   The sign advertising the summer opera "Barber of Seville" features the names of three people: Eduardo Selzeri, Michele Maltese and Carlo Jonzi. Those three are better known as Eddie Selzer (the producer), Michael Maltese (the writer) and Chuck Jones (the director).






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