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Looney Tunes Hall of Fame 

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A highly distinguished and immensely enjoyable selection of 13 Warner Brothers cartoons made between 1948 and 1956, 9 of them by Chuck Jones. Leading off the program is Lumberjack Rabbit (1953), the only Warners cartoon in 3-D, and more a curiosity than a classic. The eyepoppers include two masterpieces of the same year, the modernist Duck Amuck and the wildly futurist Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century, as well as one of the most beautiful Road Runner cartoons (the 1956 Gee Whiz-z-z-z), a Tweety Pie cartoon in which Sylvester loses all nine of his lives (Friz Freleng's Satan's Waitin', 1954), and two hilarious character items from 1951, one starring the underrated Foghorn Leghorn (Robert McKimson's Leghorn Swoggled), the other featuring the Three Bears on Father's Day (A Bear for Punishment). There's also Freleng's pretty good Curtain Razor (1949), a Porky Pig version of Broadway Danny Rose before the fact. The others are simply OK: Freleng's Hare Do (1948), Bully for Bugs (1953), Feed the Kitty (1952), Rabbit Seasoning (1952), and One Froggy Evening (1955). (Music Box, Friday through Thursday, September 4 through 10)

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