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"So long" vs "that's all folks".

Discussion in 'Warner Bros.' started by Nathan Persad, May 13, 2015.

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    At the end of the pilot "Talk-Ink Kid", Bosko says "So long, folks". When the series was picked up by Schlesinger, the very first short "Sinkin..." ends with the now familiar, legendary and still-known-to-billions-around-the-world "That's All Folks".
    A year later when Merrie Melodies were introduced, they revert back to the original "So long, folks" and what then happens over the nest several years is that "so long" is exclusive to MM and "that's all" is exclusive to LT.
    One exception is "Torch song", which ends with Garbo saying "Dat's all folks". My guess is that the animators thought her accent would be funnier and get a bigger laugh saying that instead of "so long folks".
    So my question is what was the very last episode to end with a character-specific "so long" before the Merrie Melody jester was introduced. My other question is which is the first one to feature the jester?
    Sadly this is a frustrating period for WB collectors as the 1933/4 transnational ones (the Buddy era) are seldom transmitted and poorly represented on legit DVD releases.
    People have bootlegged them and tacked on their own clumsy endings which annoys the heck out of us enthusiasts.
    I have seen a very interesting ancient print of "Buddy's Theater" though, which features a black-and-white Merrie Melody title card and the jester signing off. Could this be a genuine mistake on WB's part? There are certainly no shortage of non-Blue Ribbon shorts in later years with such mistakes as different coloured rings at the beginning and end and titles which read "Merrie Melodies" but play the "Looney Tunes" theme instead.
    Anyway the very last Merry Melodie I have seen with a character-specific sign-off is "Going To Heaven On A Mule". So at least we definitely know that all the ones before that must surely have character-specific sign-offs. I hope they still exist in the WHV archives. I think there are about 4, maybe 5 other shorts before the permanent switch to colour. I would love to see restored versions of those.
    What a mystery!
    Thanks for reading this far and not falling asleep. Any screen-grabs, personal recollections or info much appreciated! Well, unless it's "Buddy sucks" or "those 1934 cartoons were terrible", ha ha! Granted, most were awful/boring but I really like some of 'em!

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