Why was "Looney Tunes" so dark, whereas Hanna-Barbera and Woody Woodpecker were warm-hearted and fuzzy?
In "Looney Tunes," there was always some mean-spirited conflict among the characters, Daffy hating Bugs, Yosemite vs Bugs, etc.
In "Tom and Jerry" yeah the cat chased the mouse but it always was business - never personal.
Bugsy and Mugsy too always trying to hurt Bugs and Daffy.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Because Warner Bros. wanted to not just entertain kids but also entertain adults. It's not just kids watching kids shows. It's adults, especially back in the date when they were run at nickelodeons and like trailers are now before movies. So Warner Bros. had all that you call "dark" written into cartoons in a manner meant to go over kids' heads but not over adults' heads, adults then being entertained by them rather than annoyed by them, as kids shows so often do because they are, by design, inane and infantile.
You see, Warner Bros. had the notion to write cartoons that kids would enjoy but that adults would enjoy too, or at least wouldn't be annoyed by. I mean, if you've ever sat and watched a kids' show not written with adults in mind, you know how it can be beyond annoying, even rise to what is nothing less than absolute torture.
Keep in mind that kids aren't really the consumers of these cartoons. They're the end users. Their parents are the consumers. It's their parents' consumer dollars. It's their parents making the purchases. It's their parents ultimately deciding what to buy. So if a parent is given a choice between spending money on a cartoon that's going to drive them completely up the wall or on a cartoon that won't, that they can actually get into too, which one is the parent going to buy? Which won is the parent going to try to steer their child towards?