Anvils, Mallets & Dynamite
The Unauthorized Biography of Looney Tunes
by Jaime Weinman
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Pub Date 05 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 03 Apr 2023
Sutherland House, Sutherland House Books
Surreal, irreverent, philosophical, and riotously funny, they have maintained their power over audiences for generations and inspired such giants of the cinema as Mel Brooks, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas. Here, finally, Weinman gives Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Tweety, Sylvester, and the whole cast of animated icons their long-awaited due. With meticulous research, he takes us inside the Warners' studio to unlock the mystery of how an unlikely band of directors and artists working in the shadow of Walt Disney created a wild, visually stunning and oh-so-violent brand of comedy that has never been matched for sheer volume of laughs. The result is an unexpected and fascinating story that matches the Looney Tunes themselves for energy, humor, and ingenuity.
A Note From the Publisher
About the author: Jaime Weinman is an expert on television and popular culture; he has written for Vox, Vice, Maclean's, Literary Review of Canada, and Canadian Screenwriter.
"Jaime Weinman has produced a comprehensive, enlightening, and thoroughly entertaining history of these incredibly funny cartoons and the great artists who created them. This book is the definitive study of what made “Looney Tunes” one of the greatest contributions America has made to all of cinema. When it comes to celebrating Bugs, Daffy, Tweety, Sylvester, Foghorn, Speedy and Porky…'That’s all, folks!'" -- Michael Price, writer/producer, The Simpsons & co-creator/executive producer, Netflix's F is For Family
"A wildly entertaining account of the invention of Looney Tunes, the rude, irreverent Bugs Bunny of the animation industry. In this brilliant and insightful analysis, Jaime Weinman makes a case for animation's warped underdogs and their subversive effect on the culture." -- Emily Nussbaum, television critic, The New Yorker, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for criticism
“Jaime Weinman’s delightful book is a must for anyone who’s ever watched a Looney Tunes cartoon — and at this point, that’s pretty much everyone. Each chapter teems with solid research, thoughtful insight, and the sheer joy of burrowing into the world of the funniest cartoons ever made.” -- Jack Lechner, chair of the Columbia University graduate film program; author, Can't Take My Eyes Off of You: One Man, Seven Days, Twelve Televisions
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