The Looney Tunes cartoons are a classic piece of Americana. Originally, Looney Tunes shorts were meant to showcase Warner Brothers' original music compositions. But they introduced characters that Americans took to their hearts. Some of these characters became iconic, like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety Bird. Today, their images can be found on everything from bed sheets to car-seat covers.
But other Looney Tunes characters have faded into obscurity. (For that matter, so did "Merrie Melodies," Looney Tunes's sister series). Few people remember Bosko or Buddy, for example, two of the earliest Looney Tunes characters. And Cecil Turtle only appeared in three shorts before disappearing, while his co-star, Bugs Bunny, is a star to this day. For this reason, there's a lot of Looney Tunes lore to dig into. Did you know that Granny, the owner of Tweety and Sylvester, has a name -- and that she was a spy in World War II? Kinda cool, eh?
Only a true lover of the Looney Tunes cartoons will be able to ace our quiz on the major and minor players in the Warner Brothers' universe. If you consider yourself one such fan, settle in now and test your knowledge of Looney Tunes lore!
This was kind of a freebie, wasn't it? Bugs Bunny might be the most iconic Looney Tunes character of all time.
Porky Pig is known for his stutter. At Christmastime, you might hear a fantastic novelty version of "Blue Christmas" with Porky stuttering his way through the sentimental lyrics.
The hunter Fudd often shot himself in his pursuit of Bugs. He wasn't exactly a poster child for gun safety.
Yup, "Granny" owns all these pets. She's a true animal lover!
The "Road Runner" cartoons are some of the most comically violent ever aired. They are parodied as the "Itchy & Scratchy" cartoons on "The Simpsons."
Fun fact: Marvin makes a cameo of sorts in "Clueless." Tai's skill at drawing him freehand impresses Breckin Meyer's skater character.
Daffy Duck is black with a bright orange bill and feet. He's one of the staples of the Looney Tunes universe.
The Big Bad Wolf is an oddly snappy dresser, too. He's sometimes seen wearing a full outfit of clothes, suspenders, a hat and gloves. Snazzy!
Granny is taking it easy now, but she used to be a spy in WWII. We're impressed!
His name and middle initial are pronounced as "wily." He's anything but, though, if his lack of success at catching the Road Runner is anything to go by.
This rooster really is the cock of the walk. He struts around, drawling like an old-fashioned Southern gentleman.
When he's a Gold Rush prospector-type, he's "Yosemite Sam." But he's also been "Seagoing Sam," "Square Deal Sam," and more.
Who? We hear you: This character was only featured in three cartoons.
Other comics and cartoons have "l'il" versions of their characters. Looney Tunes had "Baby Looney Tunes" versions, including Baby Tweety and Baby Tazz.
The wrestler in question is Peter Senercia. He went by "Tazz" in the ring, and kept the name when he moved on to announcing for the WWE.
Speedy wore a sombrero and spoke in an exaggerated accent. Still, he loved pizza -- that's kind of multicultural!
This was part of the "Baby Looney Tunes"series. Baby Bugs is, we should also point out, ridiculously cute.
LePew is a classic ladies' man. Think of Christopher Walken's "The Continental" character on "Saturday Night Live" and you've got the basic point.
Tweety is another of Looney Tunes's most recognizable characters. He's bright yellow, with a large, bulbous head.
That's right, there was a bulldog with this name in both cartoon universes. Looney Tunes's Spike hung around with the smaller dog named Chester, though, not a mouse called Jerry.
Michigan was the mascot of the WB network. It became defunct in 2005.
This character is perpetually two years old. He causes a lot of destruction and breakage, perhaps not having learned to harness his strength and speed.
This character was introduced as a girlfriend to Porky. In fact, their faces are virtually identical, so it's a good thing she has that long black hair!
This character was in love with Pepe LePew. She would create a white stripe down her back, in order to look like a skunk.
Henery Hawk was a bold, confident chicken hawk that had never actually seen a chicken. Naturally, Foghorn Leghorn took the opportunity to mislead him.
If Foghorn Leghorn was the classic "Southern colonel," Miss Prissy was the stereotypical small-town spinster. She wore wire-rim glasses and a bonnet to underscore this.
Hector is another of animal-lover Granny's pets. He tries to protect Tweety from Sylvester, though he's fairly easily confused.
Perhaps the character of "Jessica Rabbit" informed the creation of Lola Bunny, Bugs's girlfriend. Seriously, look at those gams!
Baby Sylvester hunts Baby Tweety, a canary -- but leaves his larger bird friend, Baby Daffy, alone! Size does matter!
Poor Hugo. His time just hadn't come yet! He could have gotten that supporting role in "Frozen!"
Of course, it's Melissa Duck. Her blonde hair is styled in a retro, golden-Hollywood style.
Bosko was a creation of animators Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising. In images, he looks suspiciously like that era's version of Mickey Mouse.
Beans was supposed to be Looney Tunes's next big star. But it was Porky Pig who actually broke through.
Barnyard Dawg is a foil to Foghorn Leghorn. He guards the farm that Leghorn lives on.
Claude Cat was voiced by legendary actor Mel Blanc. His first speaking role was in "Aristo-Cat," not to be confused with the Disney moive, "The Aristocats."