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Al Pearce and His Gang

The character of Elmer Blurt, a traveling salesman whose catchphrase was "Nobody home, I hope, I hope, I hope...", was referenced in several cartoons:

  • "Little Red Walking Hood": When he arrives at Grandma's house, the Big Bad Wolf says to the audience "I hope the old grandma's t'home, I hope, I hope, I hope."
  • "Porky's Hero Agency": When Porky arrives at the Gorgon's lair, he says "I hope she's t-t-t'home, I hope, I hope, I hope."
  • "Porky's Five & Ten": While sailing the ocean, Porky writes "I hope, I hope, I hope" in his log.
  • "Jungle Jitters ": The salesman character is based on Blurt.

The character of Lizzie Tish, a crackpot cook whose catchphrases were "Hello, folksies" and "...or should you?", was referenced in a few cartoons:

The Burns and Allen Show

  • Looney Tunes - "Easter Yeggs" - The voice and mannerisms of the Easter Bunny is based upon the Happy Postman, a distressed man whose catchphrase was "Remember, keep smiling!" Both characters were voiced by Mel Blanc.[1]

Fibber McGee and Molly

The "T'aint funny, McGee" running gag is referenced in several cartoons:

  • "A Sunbonnet Blue": When the mouse villain is defeated and trapped in a knight's helmet, he shouts the phrase.
  • "Daffy Duck & Egghead" - Egghead tries to use a female duck decoy, but Daffy tosses it back and places a sign reading "T'aint funny McGee."
  • "Holiday Highlights" - For April Fools' Day, the announcer says that there is no picture. The management does not find this amusing and places a side frame reading "T'aint funny, McGee."
  • "We, the Animals - Squeak!": With her kitten returned to her, giving Kansas City Kitty no more reason not to chase the mice gang, the gang's leader flashes a nervous smile as Kitty rolls up her sleeve and says "T'aint funny, McRat!"

Several shorts reference the line "Is that you, Myrt?", a running gag in which Fibber would try to call someone and it would inevitably be his unheard friend Myrt:

  • "The Wabbit Who Came to Supper": Bugs Bunny tries to call Elmer's Uncle Louie to tattle on him before and tries to speak to the operator before realizing it's Myrt.
  • "Daffy - The Commando": Von Vulture tries to call his assistant Schultz on a payphone before somehow reaching Myrt.

The character of The Old-Timer, who said the catchphrase "That ain't the way I hear'd it" and kept calling Fibber "Johnny", was referenced in several cartoons:

  • "Pied Piper Porky": The Rochester-sounding mouse says to Porky "That's very good, sonny, but that ain't the way I heard'd it!"
  • "The Hardship of Miles Standish": The grandfather character is a parody of The Old-Timer.
  • "The Ducktators": When the narrator tells Father Time not to go so fast, he replies "Oh, alright. But time flies, don't it, Johnny?"
  • "Tortoise Wins by a Hare" - Bugs Bunny dresses as an old man, speaking like the Old-Timer, to learn Cecil Turtle's secrets to beating him at the race,

The character of Teeny, a child who often punctuates her sentneces with "I bet'cha", was referenced in a few cartoons.

  • "Porky at the Crocadero": The telegram delivery man says "I bet'cha" at the end of all his sentences.
  • "The Sneezing Weasel": The sick baby chick says "Oh boy, ma, he was a big worm. He was this long, I bet'cha."
  • "Porky's Hotel": A talkative duckling annoys an old goat, saying "I bet'cha" at one point.
  • "Sioux Me": When an Indian asks his son why he didn't get any water, he replies "Look, me got rain pills. They make plenty water, I bet'cha".
  • "Shop, Look and Listen": Blabbermouse says "I bet'cha" at one point during one of his rapid-fire spiels. Incidentally, the W.C. Fields-like mouse character was voiced by Fibber regular Bill Thompson recreating his role of Horatio K. Boomer.

Take It or Leave It

  • Merrie Melodies - "Rookie Revue" - A soldier has trouble remembering which number comes after three. When he correctly guesses "four," the sergeant asks him if he wants to try for the $32,000 question. While he is thinking about it, one soldier offscreen says "You'll be sorry!", a catchphrase shouted by the studio audience when the contestant was deciding whether to keep their winnings or try for a higher amount.
  • Looney Tunes - "Daffy's Southern Exposure" - As soon as Daffy Duck decides not to fly south for the winter, many ducks appear and shout "You'll be sorry!"
  • Looney Tunes - "Buckaroo Bugs" - In response to Red Hot Ryder finding out that Bugs is the Masked Marauder, Bugs lights up a cave with a candle and says "That's it! That's it! You won the $64 question!", in reference to this radio show.
  • Looney Tunes - "The Ducksters" - An audience member shouts "You'll be sorry!" and Daffy Duck promptly shoots him with a shotgun.

TV Shows

DuckTales

The Flintstones

  • Duck Dodgers - "Shiver Me Dodgers" - Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are seen in the line of pirates wanting to join the crew of Long John Silver the 23rd. However, in keeping with the theme of the episode, they were shown in pirate form.

The Honeymooners

Three shorts parody the TV show:

I Love Lucy

The Jack Benny Program

  • "Goofy Groceries": A dynamite explosion makes Jack Bunny blackface. He then mimics Eddie Rochester by saying "My, oh my! Tattletale gray!"
  • "Bacall to Arms": A cigarette explodes in Bogie's face, making him don a "blackface" appearance. He then mimics Eddie Rochester by saying "My, oh my! I could work for Mr. Benny now!"
  • "The Mouse That Jack Built" parodies this radio/TV program, even going as far as to have the original cast play characters in the cartoon (and Jack Benny himself making an appearance in live-action at the end).

The Jetsons

Klondike Kat

  • Duck Dodgers - "Old McDodgers" - While Dodgers was trying to blast the Martian gophers, he says, "Klondike Kat always gets his mouse." This is a recurring line from the 1960s television cartoons starring Klondike Kat.

The Lucy Show

  • Star Warners: While pitching her pilot, Slappy says her show "is like The Lucy Show, but with a squirrel."

Mickey Mouse Club

Samurai Jack

Scooby-Doo

Seinfeld

  • Pinky and the Brain - "Star Warners": Spacefeld is a parody of Seinfeld.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Star Trek

The Twilight Zone

Wacky Races

Real People

Lauren Bacall

Humphrey Bogart

Main article: Humphrey Bogart

Charlie Chaplin

  • In "Hollywood Capers", his animated version makes a cameo in this 1935 short.
  • "Frigid Hare" - according to Bugs Bunny: 50 Years & Only 1 Gray Hare, Charlie's "waddling" gait served as the inspiration for Playboy Penguin

Abbott and Costello

Walt Disney

Errol Flynn

Laurel and Hardy

Scarlett Johansson

Michael Jordan

  • He was parodied in the Animaniacs episode, "Hooray For North Hollywood Part II."
  • Michael also stars with the Looney Tunes in the movie Space Jam.

John Kricfalusi

Groucho Marx

Barones Orczy

Hal Roach

Charlie Sheen

  • He is mentioned in the Animaniacs segment "Spellbound", in a spell Brain used throughout the episode.
  • In the Pinky & The Brain episode, "Calvin Brain",  he is mentioned by Pinky, when Brain says that they are going to a place where females are paid to change constantly. Pinky responds by asking whether this place is Charlie Sheen's house.

Authors

Frank Buck

  • Looney Tunes - "Porky's Hero Agency" - The "bring-em-back-alive" needle Porky uses to make the statues human is a pun on hunter Frank Buck's best-selling novel Bring 'Em Back Alive.

Charles Dickens

Dr. Seuss

Mark Twain

  • Bugs Bunny In King Arthur's Court - an obvious spoof of A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court

Jules Verne

Fictional Characters

Batman

  • Looney Tunes - "Gee Whiz-z-z-z-z-z-z" - Wile E. Coyote uses an ACME Batman costume to try to catch The Road-Runner.
  • Tiny Toons - "Superbabs" - When changing into her Superbabs costume, Babs first accidentally changes into a Batman costume.
  • Tiny Toons - "Bat's All, Folks", "The Just-Us League Of SuperToons", "The Return Of Batduck" - Plucky poses as Batduck, an obvious parody of The Caped Crusader
  • Tiny Toons - "Bat's All, Folks" - the main antagonist, Question Mark (voiced by Charlie Adler), is an obvious spoof of Batman villain The Riddler
  • Taz-Mania - "Comic Madness" - At the end of the episode, Taz starts a comic book company called "TZ Comics." One of the comics featured is "Bat-Taz," a parody of Batman.
  • The Looney Tunes Show - "Reunion" - Daffy claims he is Batman. In the end, it is revealed that Bugs Bunny is Batman.
  • The Looney Tunes Show - "Another Bat Idea" - Wile E. Coyote uses an ACME Batman Costume to try to catch The Road-Runner
  • The Looney Tunes Show - "SuperRabbit" - In the end of the episode, Bugs changes his superhero persona from Superman to Batman.

Dick Tracy

The Green Lantern

Popeye the Sailor

  • Looney Tunes - "Porky's Garden" - A chick eats spinach and makes a Popeye impression so he can beat up a hen to eat a watermelon.
  • Looney Tunes - "Porky's Hero Agency" - Porky gives the broken Venus de Milo statue a set of Popeye arms. The first few bars of Popeye's theme song are heard on the soundtrack.
  • Merrie Melodies - In "The Major Lied 'Til Dawn", the Major consumes spinach and says "By jove, if it's good enough for that sailor man, it's good enough for me!"
  • Looney Tunes - "Scrap Happy Daffy" - After the goat smacks Daffy with a hammer, Daffy says "Oh, what I'd give for a can of spinach now!"
  • Animaniacs - "Cat on a Hot Steel Beam" - Buttons stops to let a parody of Popeye the Sailor chasing a baby named “Green Bean” by.

Sidney the Elephant

The Smurfs

  • Tiny Toons - "Working Pig": The Muffy Smuffs, a toy sold in the Acme Mall toy store, are a parody of the Smurfs.

Superman

Tom and Jerry

Movies

Bambi

Beauty and the Beast

  • Animaniacs - "Cutie & The Beast" - an obvious parody of Disney's animated adaptation of Beauty & The Beast

Casablanca

Citizen Kane

E.T.

Field of Dreams

Finding Nemo

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Lassie

  • "Kitty Kornered" - Porky Pig threatens to sic his (nonexistent) dog Lassie on his four cats to try and get them to leave, then impersonates the dog with his hands.

The Matrix

Planet of the Apes

Reefer Madness

The Spy Who Loved Me

Star Wars

To Have and Have Not

  • Bacall to Arms: The movie's title is parodied as "TO HAVE-TO HAVE-TO HAVE-TO HAVE-"...

The Treasure of Sierra Madre

  • "8 Ball Bunny": Humphrey Bogart appears and uses the "helping a fellow American who's down on his luck" quote from the film.

Wayne's World

  • Wayne and Garth made a cameo in the Animaniacs episode "Taming of The Screwy".

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

The Wizard of Oz

  • Star Warners: Pinky thinks Slappy Wanna Nappy will help him get a brain. The scene after shows the three skipping off to her house in a parody of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Whizzard of OW!: Title parody.

Movie Studios

Lucasfilm

  • Looney Tunes: Back In Action - In the film's final scene, Bugs fights the bubble gun-yielding Marvin with a carrot-shaped lightsaber whilst reading a book called "The Force For Dummies"
  • Attack Of The Drones - the title of the cartoon is a parody of the Star Wars film, "Attack Of The Clones."
  • A Quack in the Quarks - a typical Star Wars parody, complete with a villain named "Duck Vader" (voiced by Jeff Bergman)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

  • Bosko's Picture Show parodies MGM's roaring lion logo as "TNT Pictures." At first, nothing comes out of the lion's mouth, but suddenly a small sound does. The lion covers his mouth in embarrassment.
  • She Was an Acrobat's Daughter parodies both MGM's famous roaring lion logo and the Pathè logo by having the lion make the sound of a rooster.

RKO Radio Pictures

Walt Disney Pictures


  • Tiny Toon Adventures - The show has parodied many Disney films and cartoons including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?The Little Mermaid and Mickey Mouse Club. Roger Rabbit even made two cameo appearances in the show.
  • "Superbabs" - After Superbabs is unable to move from eating so much carrot cake, Wex Wuther reveals his plan to redraw Acme Acres as "Wutherland, the unhappiest place on Earth." This is a parody of Disneyland and its slogan "the happiest place on Earth."

Music

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

  • Duck Dodgers - "The Spy Who Didn't Love Me" features a character named Yoshimi, which is also the name of the title character from the album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, by the Flaming Lips, who arranged the series' opening theme.

Video Games

Frogger

  • The Tiny Toon Adventures episode "The Wide World of Elmyra" parodies the game in the segment "Turtle Hurdle" with the fact of Michigan J. Frog trying to help Tyrone Turtle cross the road.

Pac-Man

  • The game on KidsWB.com called "Taz-Man" is meant to be a parody of the game. Taz is in the role as Pac-Man and Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig play as the ghosts.
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode Gang Busters, Buster Bunny and Plucky Duck play Pac-Man using their eyeballs as the characters. Plucky was Pac-Man and Buster was the ghosts.
  • In the Tiny Toons episode Buster & Babs Go Hawaiian, Montana Max plays a parody of the game called Plane-Man.
  • In the game Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose, one of the minigames is a maze game that is similar to Pac-Man but has a different gameplay.
  • In the Taz-Mania episode "War & Pieces", Taz plays a video game very simular to Pac-Man, where Taz goes around a maze eating a bunch of Bugs Bunny's.
  • The mini-game "Temple Run" from Loons: The Fight for Fame is a parody of Pac-Man.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back In Action: The Video Game, sound effects from the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man can be heard several times at the casino.

Pong

  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Gang Busters" parodies the game with Buster and Plucky playing it using their eyeballs.

Space Invaders

  • The mini game Marvin the Martain in Galaxy Invaders from Loons: The Fight for Fame is a parody of Space Invaders.

Super Mario Bros.

  • The Tiny Toon Adventures episode "K-ACME TV" parodies the game as "Super Pluckyo Bros." with Plucky Duck as the role as Mario.

Companies

Domino's Pizza

THX

  • In Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation the THX logo is parodied as THUD: The Audience is Now Deaf.

References

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