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Associated Artists Productions (a.a.p.) was a company that purchased the color Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies library from before July 1948 plus all the B&W Harman-Ising Merrie Melodies (except Lady, Play Your Mandolin!) from Warner Bros.

Unlike WB's sales of the B&W Looney Tunes cartoon library (excluding the Harman-Ising Merrie Melodies) to Sunset Productions, a.a.p. was allowed to keep the WB references intact where they just insert the a.a.p. logo before each cartoon (resulting Merrie Melodies cartoons to have the Merrie Melodies opening music playing twice, while Looney Tunes cartoons have both the Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes opening music). Despite this, a.a.p. hacked off the original openings of three cartoons from the pre-1948 Looney Tunes library upon purchase: Pop Goes Your Heart, Bars and Stripes Forever and The Bear's Tale (although these three cartoons got their original openings restored in the Turner "dubbed versions" in 1995, but have their original ending cards hacked off by Turner in return).

These cartoons eventually changed hands to United Artists in 1958, then to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1981.

In 1986, Turner Entertainment bought MGM, but within a short time sold the entire studio. However, Turner kept MGM's pre-May 1986 MGM film and television library and selected UA content, including the a.a.p. library.

In 1996, the rights to the cartoons returned to Warner Bros. via Turner Entertainment, which it had purchased the very same year.

In recent years, a.a.p. prints of some of the cartoons the company acquired have turned up on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, with most of them airing on the Latin American version of these channels.

Gallery

See also

List of pre-1948 Warner Bros. cartoons in AAP library

Logo Goofs

  • The original AAP logo had a pinkish tint. Some bootlegs have dark blue or light blue tints. Some VHS tapes have the a.a.p. logos in colored borders.
  • Because of the limited color palette used in the a.a.p. logo both Bugs and Daffy are miscolored in the a.a.p. logo; Bugs is miscolored white while Daffy's feathers and beak are miscolored red and white respectively.

Video

Associated Artists Productions (Looney Tunes Version) (1955)00:09

Associated Artists Productions (Looney Tunes Version) (1955)

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