I feel sorry for my kids and others these days, since they don't have ready exposure to the classic cartoons that we grew up watching. As every cartoon connoisseur knows, the best classic cartoons—the only ones, perhaps—are those produced by Warner Brothers during the post-war Golden Age of Cartoons. In the late '40s and 1950s, the Warner Brothers animation crew elevated cartoon shorts to a high art unsurpassed by anyone to this day (sorry Pixar).
Fortunately for us, YouTube has tons of Warner Brothers Cartoons hidden amongst its offerings. I've decided to showcase some of my favorites to create an online cartoon museum of sorts that you can share with your kids so they don't grow up deprived.
First up is my favorite cartoon of all time, 1951's Chow Hound, a Merrie Melodies offering directed by the immortal Chuck Jones. This seven-minute demented delight doesn't feature any of the stock Warner Brothers cast of characters (Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, et al.), but is no less hilarous. Basically, a big hungry bully of a dog uses a hapless cat to bilk its clueless "owners" of food, usually a nice big porterhouse steak (that's what I always fed my cat…). When he simply can't get enough to eat, the dog resorts to a crafty scheme to get more food, which culminates in the immortal line "This time, we didn't forget the gravy."
Chow Hound bears repeat watching, if only for the genius music cues from Warner Brothers' cartoon composer Carl Stalling. If you'd rather watch Chow Hound on a larger screen, it's available on DVD as part of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. 6.