The name Looney Tunes is a variation on Silly Symphonies, the name of
Walt Disney's concurrent series of music-based cartoon shorts. Looney
Tunes originally showcased Warner-owned musical compositions through the
adventures of cartoon characters such as Bosko and Buddy. Later Looney
Tunes shorts featured popular characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck,
Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Tweety, Marvin the Martian, Taz, Wile
E. Coyote and Road Runner, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Pepé
Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, and many others. Originally produced by Harman-Ising
Pictures, Looney Tunes were produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions from
1933 to 1944.
Schlesinger sold his studio to Warner Bros. in 1944, and the newly renamed
Warner Bros. Cartoons continued production until 1963. Looney Tunes were
outsourced to DePatie-Freleng Enterprises from 1964 to 1967, and Warner
Bros. Cartoons re-assumed production for the series' final two years.
From 1942 into the 1960s, Looney Tunes was the most popular short cartoon
series in theaters, exceeding Disney and other popular competitors.