The Ritz Five Cartoon Festival will take place at the Ritz Five Cinema Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. where it will feature 15 Warner Brothers cartoons.
Warner Brothers is honored for Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animations and characters. Icons like Bugs Bunny, Wile E. Coyote, and Foghorn Leghorn have been apart of American media history since they were originally created in 1933 by Leon Schlesinger Productions.
The cartoon festival will screen two of the Warner Brother’s best cartoons both directed by Chuck Jones. “The Rabbit of Seville” and “Rabbit Seasoning” spotlight Bugs Bunny and his conniving disposition.
Watching two assumingly adult characters pursue each others death under the guise of kiddie humor calls into question the history of children’s television. Filled with cultural mockery, absurd violence, and subtle innuendos the cartoons have longtime been revered as classic entertainment for our youth.
And we wonder how we’ve become so insensitive.
In 2021 however, the animations of Warner Brothers Cartoons have found themselves to be the center of controversy. In early March, it was announced that the character Pepe Le Pew would be removed from Space Jam 2 to distance themselves from the negative imagery of the character’s predatory nature.
The Ritz Five Cartoon Festival is a safe space to develop your own opinion on the influence of Warner Brothers Cartoons on our culture.