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Today's episode was certainly interesting in the trivia department. Someone asked about the chronological range of cartoons in the MeTV library, which led to the following cartoons being shown as answers (more or less):

"Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!" (1931)

It should be noted that this was the earliest cartoon sold to Associated Artists Productions for television syndication, and the second of the Merrie Melodies series. I guess MeTV is uneasy about the Bosko shorts (though I do recall at least one such cartoon- "Bosko's Knight-Mare"- airing some time ago). "Lady, Play Your Mandolin!", the inaugural Merrie Melody, has rarely been shown in the past 91 years since its debut (August 2nd).

"Attack of the Drones" (2004)

Basically, the Larry Doyle era of Looney Tunes (2003-04), which was cut short due the underperformance of Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Which would mean they aren't including the two Tom and Jerry shorts from the 2000s ("The Mansion Cat" and "The Karate Guard"), neither of which I've seen on MeTV anyway. It seems only Looney Tunes has anything post-1971 being shown on the network.

EDIT: It was actually "The Queen Was in the Parlor" that I (partially) saw some time ago, not "Bosko's Knight-Mare". Oh well.
 
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"Attack of the Drones" (2004)

Basically, the Larry Doyle era of Looney Tunes (2003-04), which was cut short due the underperformance of Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Which would mean they aren't including the two Tom and Jerry shorts from the 2000s ("The Mansion Cat" and "The Karate Guard"), neither of which I've seen on MeTV anyway. It seems only Looney Tunes has anything post-1971 being shown on the network.
I don't even think those shorts aired on Cartoon Network or Boomerang
 

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I don't even think those shorts aired on Cartoon Network or Boomerang
I remember seeing both of the Tom and Jerry ones on CN's Tom and Jerry block in the 2010s. IIRC (from what I've read before), "The Mansion Cat" premiered on Boomerang in 2001.

Although for Looney Tunes (again on CN), I don't remember any 2003-04 shorts on their block at the time, which is probably not surprising. The latest cartoon I saw on there was "From Hare to Eternity" (1997).
 

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I hope MeTV replays the episode Bill's Legs Fall Asleep soon because it has the characters doing random dancing and Bill doing his dance moves while his legs sleep.
 

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A “Bugs Bunny Block Party“ will air next Sunday, consisting of a total of 30 Bugs Bunny cartoons!
 

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Also, tomorrow's episode:

THE CLAMPETT CARNIVAL
"Bill and Toony celebrate the work of the great Looney Tunes director, Bob Clampett."

I noticed his daughter appeared in the "On the next..." promo.
 
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Today's episode included a guest appearance from Cheryl Chase, best known for voicing Angelica on Rugrats. Ms. Chase was also the crowned "Super Tooner" for the week (a common aspect of Fantastic Fridays), since she's really into cartoons, having been, IIRC, president of a Bugs Bunny club in school. I also noticed a poster of Merrie Melodies on the wall behind her (pretty sure it was for "Greetings Bait").
 

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Today's episode included a guest appearance from Cheryl Chase, best known for voicing Angelica on Rugrats. Ms. Chase was also the crowned "Super Tooner" for the week (a common aspect of Fantastic Fridays), since she's really into cartoons, having been, IIRC, president of a Bugs Bunny club in school. I also noticed a poster of Merrie Melodies on the wall behind her (pretty sure it was for "Greetings Bait").
She's also legendary animation researcher Jerry Beck's wife, who I believe has been on the show a few times himself.
 

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She's also legendary animation researcher Jerry Beck's wife, who I believe has been on the show a few times himself.
I may have read that somewhere before, but didn't recall it at all. Oh well.

I remember seeing Beck on the show at least once: as one of the guests for the Bugs Bunny birthday week event (as I described earlier on here).
 

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Sorry for the double post, but I thought this was worth bringing up:

One of the Popeye cartoons shown today- "Blunder Below"- had the WB warning about politically incorrect material being shown. I don't know if this has been done before on MeTV (I know it's been a thing overall since at least 2005), although I've read that it's happened at least once on MeTV+ (the Daffy Duck cartoon "Ain't That Ducky").
 

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Let's look on the bright side. Maybe we can get Yogi Bear and other HB animal shorts on MeTV?

Hey, it's a long shot. But if they're only allowed to air WB-owned shorts most of the time, not counting the DFE library from MGM, then maybe some good old-fashioned Daws Butler could be enough to expand their horizons.
 

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