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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published February 24th 2013
A Game That Will Have You Singing Merrie Melodies


Planning a party? Want some good party games? Not surprisingly, some of the most popular are drinking games, which involve watching a show and drinking when particular events happen.

I've been in a bit of a cartoon mood lately, so I thought I would merge the two together. What's that, you say? Watch cartoons? This isn't a children's party.

It is true that most people consider cartoons as a realm made for children, but back in the Golden Era of Animation, cartoons were actually aimed at an adult audience; this is particularly true of Warner Brothers's Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. Watch the early episodes and you will see that the animators used sexual themes, racial stereotypes (such as blackface), and had characters smoking and drinking; these are things that are completely inappropriate for children to watch. There were also many Merrie Melodies cartoons that used caricatures and made contemporary cultural references that no child would understand today.

For adults cartoons give us the chance to let out our childish side, but keep all the suggestive adult material, which is just perfect for a drinking game. Looney Tunes has a wealth of gags and catchphrases that appear time and time again, meaning that you can end up drinking an awful lot. It could end up being a bit boring drinking the same thing all the time, so why not vary things a bit? Perhaps an Allegria cocktail for a Bugs Bunny event (Allegria has carrot juice in it), or an 'Earthquake' cocktail for a Wile. E. Coyote event. If a caricature appears on screen, sip a martini.



The best source of Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies are from the Looney Tunes Golden Collection on DVD. You could also search the kids' channels for some episodes, but you won't find any of the more adult themed ones.

Here is a list of suggestions for when to have a drink:

Bugs says 'What's up, Doc?'
Daffy says 'You're despicable.'
Bugs takes a wrong turn at Alberquerque
Bugs dresses in drag
A character breaks the 4th wall (speaks to the audience)
Daffy goes looney (you can be as loose or strict with this interpretation as you want)
You see an ACME product
An 'Eat at Joe's' sign appears
You see a caricature of Humphrey Bogart
Michigan J. Frog sings
Elmer Fudd speaks with a lisp
Elmer Fudd is fat (the early cartoon design)
You see more than one dodo
Yosemite Sam fires his gun
Wile. E. Coyote off a cliff
A character performs opera
Tweety Bird is naked (no feathers)
Bosko performs vaudeville
It's duck season
A character drinks
Carl Stalling does not appear in the credits for the music
*You see a voice credit other than Mel Blanc
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