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I looked out the window at the pouring rain. It looked like someone had turned a hose on the glass. The day looked like I felt. Oh, I look happy enough. I always look happy, what with my eternal grin, emerald hair and dead-white skin. I look like a clown for Pete's Sake! But what is on the outside is the opposite of the inside.

I had spent the whole week with a new therapist who loves to bring out the memories I have hidden away in my mind. The ones about my past, my childhood, even the ones about my wife. Those are the most painful.

It all started a decade ago, when I was twenty-four. I had just met the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. We talked for awhile which, amazed me because I had never been a ladies' man at all. Everything I said she laughed at, and not in the mocking way I was used to. This woman actually cared about my feelings!

The tall, red-haired lady told me her name was Jeannie. I smiled and told her that I was Jack Napier. "Oohh," she had replied. "I like that name!" I was flattered of course. Normally people don't bother to ask me my name.

Jeannie and I became fast friends. Over the years, our friendship turned into love. I ended up marrying her when I was twenty-seven. The only thing wrong is that I had quit my job as a lab assistant to become a comedian. I thought I had the talent to pull it off. Boy was I wrong!

Jeannie and I lived in poverty for a few years, trying to make ends meet. Then came the fateful day when she told me she was pregnant. Sure, I happy at the time. Ecstatic, really. But with no money, how were we going to bring up a child?

I came up with the idea to pull off some big crime, get rich quick. I got in touch with two men whom I thought could help me. Everything was going fine until Jeannie died.

I was with the men when I received word of my wife's death. They just told me when to be at the crime scene when a cop walked into the bar, looking for me. The cop brought me outside to tell me the news. The night had been gray and dismal. The clouds looked like they were going to burst any second, shedding tears for my beloved Jeannie. My whole life ended that day.

I somehow made it back to the bar to tell the gangsters that I wouldn't be involved with the robbing of the Ace Chemical Plant anymore. But they told me I was involved. They didn't care about Jeannie's death. All they cared about was getting in, getting out, and getting rich. I told them that they didn't understand. "My wife just died," I told them. They told me that I was the one who didn't understand.

With cruel laughs and a not so reassuring pat on the back, they got up and left. I just sat there, watching my whole world tumble down, feeling utterly alone and terrified. Feeling the tears rise, I let my head drop to the table.

A sudden roar of thunder brings me back to the present, away from the screaming, crying, horrible memories. I blink, trying to force the tears away. It never helps...

The End
By: Emilia "The Joker" Farmerie

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Tiny Toons: How I Spent My Summer Vacation Quiz

Here's the quiz of all Tiny Toons Quizzes! It's a quiz on the feature length movie "How I Spent My Summer Vacation". Watch it as many times as you want, every question is answered.

HINT: Watch many of the scenes extremely closely. The answers will be posted in the next issue of The Looney Bin.

ATTSROTW (Asst. to the SROTW)

The Commercial:

1. When Hamton thinks Buster's rabbit hole is dirty, what does he use to clean the rabbit hole?

2. When all the toonsters jump onto the couch, the couch expands to fit all of the characters, what show (on the FOX Network) may this idea have been taken from?

3. When all the toonsters are on the couch, one character sticks his head out from under the couch. Who is it?

4. Each toon is (supposedly) writing an essay. How is Shirley writing her essay?

5. How is ACME written on the clock before the song? (What is the shape?)

6. & 7. Name 2 items Plucky puts in his knapsack.

8. What happens to Buster and Babs after they sing "Books" and throw the books up in the air?

9. What is 1 of the things drawn on the board near the door?

10.-12. Name 3 items that around Buster's desk that he is either holding or is sitting on the floor.

13.-15. Name 3 locations on the travel posters in the main title theme. ( We almost went Looney from counting days till Juney...)

16. At the beach scene at the end of the opening, who is the only toon not wearing sunglasses?

The Trip To Happy World Land Starts:

17.-19. Name three items on the top of the Pigs' car.

20.-21. When "Ole Bessie" is about to hit 100,000.00, 20) who pulls out the stage lights? 21)the cassette recorder with the microphone?

22.-25. Plucky's first diversion includes a lot of signs, what are four of those signs?

The Water Fight:

26.-27. Name two items that Babs pulls out of the beach pail.

28.-31. Identify 4 items that Buster pulls out of the refrigerator.

32.-34. Besides the water gun, name three items that fall out of the closet.

The Beach:

35. What is the name of the hotel behind Fowlmouth?

36.-39. Identify four of the volleyball players.

40.-42. As Johnny Pew's limo passes Shirley's stand, name three of the stores that you see.

43.&44. How much does it cost to get 43) lemonade? 44) palm's read at Shirley's stand?

The Trip Back From Heck:

45. What song were the Pigs singing?

46. There are 10 tongue joke throughout the movie. The first one is in this segment. What is the first tongue joke?

47.-48. When Plucky realizes that he has just drunk, what are of the four colors that he turns?

49.-51. At the end of the tunnel, everyone but Uncle Stinky let's go of their breath. When the car explodes, name 3 of the items/people that fly up.

52.&53. We finally learn what colors Plucky is two of them.

54. The second tongue joke appears in the painting scene, what is it?

The Possums:

55.&56. As Babs battles with the possums, she screams several things...what are things she screams?

Fifi & Johhny Pew:

57.-61. There are stars galore in the Acme Resort Hotel, identify 5 of them.

Fourth Of July:

62.-65. Babs' song is very tasteful... name four food items she mentions.

66.-68. What do each of the gatorettes get to prepare for the wedding?

Elmyra At The Zoo:

69.-71. As Elmyra enters the Wild Safari Zoo (and goes into it a bit), there are many signs... what do 3 of them read?

72.-74. Name three of the animal species Elmyra has captured.

Water! Water!:

75.-78. Tongue jokes number 3-6 happen at the gas station. What are they?

79. What song is playing on K-FUDD radio?

80.-82. After picking up the hitchhiker, he reveals himself as the maniac (at least to Plucky). What are 3 food products that the maniac shouts?

The Movie Theater:

83.-85. Movies, Movies, Movies. Every movie imaginable is playing at the Megaplex. Identify 3 of them.

86.-90. Once again, stars galore. Identify 5 that Fowlmouth gets his snacks from.

Hamton & Plucky...Arrival at Happy World Land!:

91.-95. Happy World Land has lots of rides (6 thrill rides, but still other rides)... Identify five of them.

Escape From Delta Burke:

96. What swamp do Buster & Babs enter?

Return From Happy World Land:

97.-100. The last 4 out of the 10 tongue jokes happens here, what are they?


101.-102. There are little slips of paper in some of the lockers. What is pictured on 101) Buster's locker? 102) Shirley's locker?

103. Earlier in the movie, before they left Acme Loo, there were two drawings on the blackboard, are they still there?

As in the words of Plucky after the return from his trip..."I'm Free! Free! Free at last! Absolved, released, escaped! I've flown the coop! Ha Hoo Hoo!

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Dot Warner Suspected

The late afternoon of the 1st of April the CEO ordered all the funding for the "Animaniacs" show to be suspended. The Warner Brothers and Warner Sister rushed into the office by cannon through the window.

Yakko says, "Dot tried to be cute and sweet and started with the watery eyes routine. When that didn't work, Dot pulled a club out of Wakko's bag." It was actually a club sandwich with ham, bologna, beef salami, tomato, lettuce, and American, Swiss, cheddar and cottage cheese, mayo and mustard with those seeds that get stuck between your teeth, Wakko verified that. "Dot was going to beat him with it," continued Yakko. "But I was bagged and couldn't use my X-Ray goggles in time to see what happened."

Wakko saw everything else without X-Ray goggles. After an hour of bribing him with another 12 foot club sandwich, he gave us the story. Burps were omitted from the dialogue. "Dot was furious. I was hungry so I fried two eggs and a sausage above her head. Just as she swung the club sandwich back to whack the CEO into the anti-world, she hits me and I was knocked silly. When I woke up, I was devastated...My sandwich was gone!!! Oh, Dot and the CEO disappeared also."

Dot Warner was held for questioning. After the police chief threatened to use "The Thingy" on her, Dot pleaded, "Please! No, not 'The Thingy'! It wasn't me!...It was the laughing man. The Joker did it, I tell you. The Joker!!! Ha! Ha! Ha!" Police officials did find the joker, both of them in the deck of cards in the office.

With the help of the Warner Brothers, Yakko and Wakko, Batman was able to catch the real suspect. Yakko reveals the true story to us. "It wasn't Batman who hid in the Joker's sleeve. It wasn't Batman knocked the Joker in the head with a mallet until we saw stars. It was I, Sir honorable handsome Yakko and Sir bottomless stomach Wakko...All Batsy did was just smack the cuffs on him taking allllllll the credit for his capture and obtaining the video tape of the kidnapping."

After Dot's release, the police chief personally apologized for their mistake. Dot dropped a 2 ton anvil on his head. He again apologized for their mistake. Dot dropped a 10 ton anvil on his head. Then saying "That should keep him quiet. Heeellllooooo Nurse!!!!" She jumps into the arms of our favorite police officer, who won the "Best Looking Guy in the World" Award, Officer Whatshisname.

The next day someone dropped a giant anvil on the police station. Luckily, Officer Whatshisname was on a coffee break while all the other officers were working inside.

By: Nick Janceski

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The History of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: Part One

The year is 1929. Two men named Hugh Harman and Rudolph Ising have been let go by Universal Pictures, where they made a series of cartoons starring "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit." the two former employees of Walt Disney now had to find a movie studio to distribute their cartoons. They made a three-minute film called "Bosko the Talk-ink Kid" to show prospective studios. The cartoon was probably the first in which actual speech was synchronized with animated drawings. They couldn't find a buyer for their cartoons, until the met Leon Schlesinger. Leon was a close friend of the Warner Brothers, and persuaded them to distribute a series of Bosko cartoons. His selling point was that Warner Bros. could use the cartoons to promote songs from their feature films and several music companies.

"Looney Tunes" was the first series of cartoons made by Warner Bros. The first cartoon was called "Sinkin' in the Bathtub" and starred Bosko and his girlfriend Honey. Released on May 6,1930, it was basically a Disney-like cartoon, with the characters moving along with the music. The rest of the "Looney Tunes" continued in the same way, but they were popular. They were so popular in fact, that Warner Bros. decided to release a second series of cartoons, called "Merrie Melodies."

"Merrie Melodies" first cartoon was "Lady Play Your Mandolin," released in August of 1931. It starred a character named Foxy, the most flagrant Mickey Mouse clone. Foxy and other characters such as Piggy and Goopy Geer were the first "Merrie Melodies" stars, but they were soon dropped. For many years forward, "Merrie Melodies" was a series of "one shot" cartoons, which means the characters in them were never seen again, they were only used once. "Looney Tunes" is where WB stars such as Bosko and Honey, and those that followed made their living. Hugh Harman directed the "Looney Tunes," while Rudolph Ising handled the "Merrie Melodies," although animator Friz Freleng directed a few in both series.

This all continued nicely until mid-1933, when Harman and Ising split from Leon Schlesinger due to money differences. They went to MGM, where they continued to make cartoons. Their MGM cartoons continued to feature Bosko, who changed in appearance from a non-human character to a black boy, until 1938.

After the departure of Harman and Ising, Leon Schlesinger worked quickly to put together a new cartoon studio. He hired cartoonists away from Disney and other studios, and even lured back Harman-Ising personnel like Friz Freleng and Bob Clampett. Once in operation, the new cartoon studio pinned all its hopes in a character created by cartoonist Melvin "tubby" Millar named Buddy. Through 23 cartoons from 1933 to 1935, Buddy proved to be distinctly forgettable.

Probably more interesting from this time are the Merrie Melodies, which used lyrics from Warner songs to inspire a story. With the cartoon "Honeymoon Hotel," Leon Schlesinger made Warner Bros. first color cartoon. A few more color cartoons were made, but until 1936, they used a process called two-strip technicolor, which means that only two of the three primary colors were used--red and green. Walt Disney was under an exclusive contract with Technicolor at the time, so he could only use the three color process to make cartoons. Starting with the 1934 Merrie Melody "Those Beautiful Dames," all Merrie Melodies were made in color, but Looney Tunes continued in black and white until 1943.

The man assigned to most of the Merrie Melodies from this time was Friz Freleng. Probably the most important director, Isadore "Friz" Freleng directed more Warner Bros. cartoons than anyone else--about 266. He was also the man who directed the cartoon that would change the course of all future cartoons to come out of the studio. Called "I haven't Got a Hat," the cartoon starred a group of children putting on a show at their school. Among them were two puppies named Ham and Ex, Little Kitty, Oliver Owl, Tommy Turtle, a cat named Beans, and most important of all--a short, fat stuttering pig named Porky. It was Porky Pig who would really put Warner Bros. on the map.

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Editor's Note
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Dot Supreme Ruler of the World

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