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The Looney Tunes Treasury: 144 Hardcover – 21 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (21 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762440449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762440443
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 24.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Don Hahn, Producer - The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast "Andrew Farago had captured lightning in a bottle with this amazing tribute to the Looney Tunes legacy." Bill Morrison, Creative Director, Bongo Entertainment, Former Futurama Art Director "I've been waiting for a book of this quality on the Warner Bros. animation studio. I own previously published books about the studio, but I can tell this is going to be the one I refer to most often from now on." Dan Piraro, creator of Bizarro "For fans of Looney Tunes, this book is the bible; jam-packed with miracles and eternal salvation." -- Hans Teensma, Animate & Impress "What a joyful blast through my youthful past! Each character spoke to me exactly the way I knew them. ... They're alive I tell you, alive! ... I'm going right upstairs now and try again to order something out of the Acme catalog-there must be an 800 number there somewhere. You've got a treasury there. And we must place one in a time capsule or send it into space. The universe has to know about it." Brian Walker, Cartoonist Hi and Lois and Cartoon Historian This colorful compendium is a fun and educational nostalgia trip. It inspired me to pop some of my favorite cartoons in the DVD player and look at them with renewed appreciation. Karl Cohen, ASIFA-SF President "LOONEY TUNES TREASURY" is a lot of fun for any fan of Bugs Bunny and friends... The world doesn't need another serious book about Termite Terrace so Andrew has provided us with a lighthearted tour of the world of my favorite cartoon stars. Mark Waid Editor/writer, BOOM! Studios' The Incredibles comics You can dive into this book and swim around happily for hours in its anecdotes, its insights and its wonderful toys. The graphics are breathtaking, the writing is hilarious, and the whole package is a joy. Bookviews by Alan Caruba, 11/28/10 "If I could have just one book in my Christmas stocking it would have to be THE LOONEY TUNES TREASURY...If you loved Looney Tunes, you will love this wonderfully entertaining book about them." Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness, 11/29/10 "...what a treasure it is. As one would expect, it's filled with art and text, but also with inserts like a Tasmanian Devil mask, a Tweety and Sylvester comic, a facsimile script for Bugs Bunny's "Rabbit Hood" and much more... We need more laughs today, and this book delivers. Journal Sentinel, 12/3/10 Compiled by the curator of The Cartoon Art Museum, the book's contents sproing out at you like Road Runner after too much java. This is a caa-ray-z insider's look at Looney Tunes, with 200 pieces of concept art, a shooting script to Bugs' "Rabbit Hood" and other memorabilia. Bonus materials include a Tasmanian devil mask and an all-important Yosemite Sam Wanted Poster. Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy, 12/16/10 "...When I tell you that each of the articles is supposedly written by the "star" in his or her own voice, you'll understand that this is not a serious historical tome: it's meant as a celebration. Oodles of original artwork, photos of vintage memorabilia, and even staff caricatures fill its pages, and it's great fun to go through."

About the Author

Andrew Farago is the curator at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. He is a columnist for Animation World Network and a regular panel moderator at Wondercon. He lives in San Francisco. Ruth Clampett is the owner and creative director of Clampett Studio Collections, and former Vice President of Design at Warner Bros. Studio Stores, which developed 2,000 WB-related entertainment products per year. She is the daughter of legendary animation director Bob Clampett. She lives in Los Angeles.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:17 Mins
This book is a great tribute to the some of the most classic animation characters ever created - the Looney Tunes gang - from Bugs Bunny to Marvin the Martian. It brings back good memories of watching these cartoons back in the past. Although I can't remember exact stories, I still can remember the crazy antics of the characters.

The author Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, has done a great job in putting this treasury together.

The book is filled with art, animation stills, and funny autobiographies written by the Looney Tunes characters themselves. You can read in their own words about their rise to fame, the jealousy among cartoon co-characters, and other hilarious jokes. I still get a chuckle out of seeing Tweety in Sylvester's sandwich, knowing seconds later Tweety would somehow escape.

Also included are some mementos like postcards, sticker book, Porky Pig mini-comic, a Tasmanian Devil mask and other cool stuff.

This book is a blast from the past. Recommended for fans of classic animation.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2014
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'The Looney Tunes Treasury' is the perfect gift for all fans of the classic Warner Bros characters.

It's a chunky volume, and visually stunning. The pages are littered with lots of high quality graphics, extras like cartoon scripts and original character act. But what makes it more so unique and interesting is the removable memorabilia, which includes vintage Porky Pig/Sylvester and Tweety comic books, Speedy Gonzales' postcards, Pepe Le Pew Valentines Day cards, a Tasmanian Devil mask and even an 'ACME products' catalogue.

Whilst it doesn't completely provide a factual history of these legendary characters (i.e: a wealth of background information), writer Andrew Farago has decided to let the toons themselves tell their own stories first hand. Staying true to their nature (and using actual quotes from the shorts), reading the writings of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, Granny and all the gang made me laugh out loud, and I could practically hear Mel Blanc's voices for each of them in my head. This was a very entertaining way to read up on the stars of the shorts, but perhaps it might have been a good idea to include a least of brief run down of each character, providing the basic statistics.

I was particularly excited to see contributions from minor/one-off characters like Michigan J. Frog, Ralph Wolf & Sam Sheepdog and Witch Hazel, all of which are showcased and sandwiched between the famous toons, and it should be noted that Andrew is very good about crediting the directors and artists who were behind the scenes.

This beautifully presented book will appeal to both adults and children alike, it's fun and interactive, and above all an affectionate celebration of all things Looney Tunes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Muppet on 15 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Wow! A truly wonderful book crammed full of informative pages with plenty of beautiful illustrations of all of your favourite characters and more! Each chapter is dedicated to a particular character which I personally think is superb. Also contained are envelopes with mystery extra's inside (I won't spoil your fun & tell you what they are), and other extra goodies too. It's also a nice size book being approx 24cms x 29cms, a good thick size too. All in all, fantastic value for money and a great treat for all fans of Looney Tunes, young and old alike. Grab it while you can and enjoy it, I know I am!
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