Introduction : Looney Tunes and Merry Metonyms / Kevin S. Sandler -- A short critical history of Warner Bros. cartoons / Barry Putterman -- From Disney to Warner Bros. : the critical shift / Timothy R. White -- Charlie Thorson and the temporary Disneyfication of Warner Bros. cartoons / Gene Walz -- From vaudeville to Hollywood, from silence to sound : Warner Bros. cartoons of the early sound era / Hank Sartin -- The image of the hillbilly in Warner Bros. cartoons of the thirties / Michael Frierson -- The view from Termite Terrace : caricature and parody in Warner Bros. animation / Donald Crafton -- Darker shades of animation : African-American images in the Warner Bros. cartoon / Terry Lindvall and Ben Fraser -- "Ah, love! Zee grand illusion!" : Pepé le Pew, narcissism, and cats in the Casbah / Kirsten Moana Thompson -- Gendered evasion : Bugs Bunny in drag / Kevin S. Sandler -- Selling Bugs Bunny : Warner Bros. and character merchandising in the nineties / Lindy Simensky -- Fans versus Time Warner : who owns Looney Tunes? / Bill Mikulak -- Hybrid cinema : the Mask, masques, and Tex Avery / Norman M. Klein
This collection of essays looks at the history of Warner Bros. animation. It compares and contrasts the two studios, charts the rise and fall of creativity and daring, and analyzes the ways in which the studio was for a time transgressive in its treatment of class, race and gender.