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Anvils, Mallets & Dynamite

"Wildly entertaining...brilliant and insightful." - Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker
Genres: Culture, History, Movies

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Looney Tunes cartoons, writes celebrated television critic Jaime Weinman, are the high-water mark of American filmed comedy. Surreal, irreverent, philosophical, and riotously funny, they have maintained their power over audiences for generations and inspired such giants of the cinema as Mel Brooks, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas.

Here, finally, Weinman gives Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Tweety, Sylvester, and the whole cast of animated icons their long-awaited due. With meticulous research, he takes us inside the Warners’ studio to unlock the mystery of how an unlikely band of directors and artists working in the shadow of Walt Disney created a wild, visually stunning and oh-so-violent brand of comedy that has never been matched for sheer volume of laughs.

The result is an unexpected and fascinating story that matches the Looney Tunes themselves for energy, humor, and ingenuity.

Jaime Weinman

Jaime Weinman is an expert on television and popular culture; he has written for Vox, Vice, Maclean’s, Literary Review of Canada, and ­­Canadian Screenwriter.

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