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The Hole Idea
(McKimson, 1955)
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Camera? Man!
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The Man and the Camera   The cameraman for the special Warner Pathe newsflash is Selzer - a reference to Eddie Selzer, the business manager. Note also that the narrator is "Moray". This refers to Norman Moray who was the executive in charge of the Vitaphone short subjects department which disributed the Warner Bros. cartoons and other shorts. His name also appeared in Rocket Squad in 1956.
[A big THANKS to J. Lee for the details on Norman Moray ].

Ready, Set, Zoom!
(Jones, 1955)
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The Selzer Mine   Wile E Coyote zooms out of the abandoned mine owned by the "Selzer Mining Co." - named after the producer Eddie Selzer.

Knight-mare Hare
(Jones, 1955)
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A Knight-time Story?

To Knight   A book on "Knighthood and Gallantry" is authored by "Burton". This is a reference to the WB production manager, John Burton.

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Time for a visit

Hey Merlin? The mailbox for the ancient wizard reads "Merlin Monroe" - a play on the name of the ever-popular actress Marylin Monroe.

One Froggy Evening
(Jones, 1955)
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A Shoe-in?
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Love 'Dem Shoes!   As Michigan's owner is thrown outside, you can see a business behind him named "Gribbroek Theatrical Shoes". It's a reference to layout artist Robert Gribbroek.
[Thanks to Jack for pointing out this one! ].

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A Good Foundation?
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A Froggy Deposit   Michigan J. Frog was placed into the foundation block for a new building called the "Tregoweth Brown" building. This was a small tribute to Tregoweth (or Treg) Brown who was the sound effects man for the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies films.

Rocket Squad
(Jones, 1956)
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Who's who?
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What a selection!   The computer has several buttons ready for action. Among the names shown are
John Burton (production manager)[this button is only partially visible]
Tedd Pierce (story writer)
C. M. Jones (director) (a.k.a. Chuck Jones)
Mel Blanc (voice actor)
Norman Moray (head of WB short subjects distribution)
Eddie Selzer (business manager).

Heaven Scent
(Jones, 1956)
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Selzer Bottles
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Another Selzer Sighting   Behind the cat and dog is a bottle shop run by "M. Edourd Selzer". This obviously is a nod to a Mr. Edward Selzer - one of the bosses there at the WB cartoon organization.

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Drawing a Blanc?

Building Interest   This building is called "Blanchisserie" which appears to be inspired by the name of the voice actor for so many LT&MM characters, Mel Blanc.

Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z
(Jones, 1956)
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Sign him up?
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A Gee-Whiz Sign   Another entry in the long series of hidden Eddie Selzer references - along the top of the billboard which serves as the title card, you can find the following text: "Selzer Sign Service".

Stupor Duck
(McKimson, 1956)
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Name Association
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A Familiar Name   On the building behind "Stupor Duck", a window is labelled "McKimson Associates" - a reference to the film's director, Robert McKimson.

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Mild Pills

What's Up, Doc?   The "Dr Pierce's Mild Pills" apparently get their name from Tedd Pierce, the writer for this cartoon.

Rocket-Bye Baby
(Jones, 1956)
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Ain't it a Stinker(toy)?
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Stinker Toys   Amongst the toys in the martian baby Mot's room could be found one interesting product: "Stinker toys" - an obvious play on the name of the ever-popular Hasbro "Tinkertoys" product.

Deduce, You Say
(Jones, 1956)
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Burton's Bock
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Burton's Bock Beer   On the wall of the pub there's a sign for "Burton's Bock Beer". This is a reference to John Burton, a production manager at Warner Bros.

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Selzer's Water

Selzer's Water   Another sign on the wall is for "Selzer's Water" - an play on words for "seltzer water" and a reference to the Eddie Selzer, the producer.

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Family Entrance

Slasher's Mom   When the slasher's mom enters the pub, the door behind her says "Family Entrance".

The Honey-Mousers
(McKimson, 1956)
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Lost Wages
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Lost Wages, Nev   The mice are using poker chips for their dinnerplates, and they say "Lost Wages, Nev" - a nice bit of humor which plays on the name of Las Vegas and the fact that so many lose their money there.

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Hey Ralph!

Pierce's Beer   While Ralph raids the 'fridge, you can see a bottle of "Pierce's Beer" behind him. This would be a reference to the writer of this cartoon, Tedd Pierce.






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