Sunday, December 19, 2010
It Takes A Looney Tunes Village
I know people that have devoted entire rooms to lighted, collectible "village" displays. I am not one of these people. But I understand the appeal, and the fact that the Warner Brothers Studio Store and Catalog wanted in on the action in the late 1990s.
The Looney Tunes Lighted Holiday House Collection was from the 1999 Warner Brothers Studio Store Catalog. What I love the most about this is the special offer that the Catalog had. You could get a Speedy Gonzales and Senorita on a Park Bench for free if you bought two buildings.
Speedy Gonzales would occasionally appear on Warner Brothers Studio Store merchandise, but Senorita was especially rare. It would be fun to see a Speedy Gonzales Feliz Navidad Mouse Village! They could have a large Sylvester figure (and Daffy Duck, too---remember when Speedy and Daffy were seen as foes?).
Then there's the new piece for 1999, the Town Hall & Wedding Chapel. It looks like Penelope the cat finally said "yes" to the suave skunk, Pepe Le Pew, after years of what could be seen as harassment (to paraphrase comedian Chris Rock, it's harassment if he's unattractive).
The Looney Tunes characters have also appeared in other collectible villages, including pieces for Department 56, providing many opportunities for collectors to have a Merry Melodies Christmas.