Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (known from 1995-2003 as Warner Bros. Television Animation) is the successor to the original Warner Bros. Cartoons established in 1944, which was known before as Leon Schlesinger Productions. The studio was established in 1980.
Even before the studio's establishment in 1980, WB was already using special logos (most of them a variant of the Warner Bros. Television logo) for animated productions.
On October 11, 2022, Warner Bros. Discovery announced that as part of a cost-cutting restructuring, Warner Bros. Animation will merge with Cartoon Network Studios, with their respective name and output continuing to be in use in the future productions.
1st Logo (October 11, 1960-1967)
Logo: A generic variant of the 1955 Warner Bros. Television logo with Looney Tunes characters.
- On The Bugs Bunny Show, the WB shield is seen on a red background. After a short fanfare, Bugs Bunny (voiced by Mel Blanc) appears, and says, "This folks, is a Warner Bros. Television production." The shield closes. At the end of the show, the Warner Bros. Television logo appears.
- A Spanish version of the line was used in the Warner Bros. Cartoons logo for Latin Spanish releases, Bugs says "Esto amigos, es una producción de la Warner Brothers para la televisión".
- On The Porky Pig Show, during the credits the classic Warner Bros. Cartoons logo is seen on a bumper tire. As the camera zooms in, the tire opens like a door. Porky (also voiced by Blanc) appears and utters his famous catchphrase, "Th-th-th-that's all, folks!" The door closes, but shortly after Porky is shown saying "We've been brought to you by..."
- On The Road Runner Show, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are seen on two different sides of the shield.
Technique: It depends on the variant. For The Bugs Bunny Show and The Porky Pig Show, it's hand drawn animation. None for The Road Runner Show.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show. On The Road Runner Show, we hear the Road Runner's distinctive "Meep meep!" and tongue-popping-out sound effect.
Availability: Rare. It's seen on TV broadcasts of The Porky Pig Show and The Road Runner Show.
2nd Logo (September 3, 1967-1970)
Logo: Another generic variant of the TV logo of the era, this time for the 1967 WB-SA TV logo.
- Some episodes of The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show have the shield on a red background. The color of the shield is yellow, and the company name is absent. Suddenly, Bugs Bunny (once again voiced by Mel Blanc) pops out of the shield, and says the following: "This has been a Warner Bros. Seven Arts-". Road Runner then appears on screen and says: "Beep, beep!". Bugs then continues: "Like the bird says, this has been a Warner Bros.-Seven Arts television presentation". The shield then closes.
- The Bugs Bunny Show uses the first few seconds of The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show variant, before cutting to the previous logo's animation. Once Bugs finishes his line, the aforementioned beginning is shown again, in reverse.
- Mein Name ist Hase (a German version of The Bugs Bunny Show) replaces the "W7" mark with "BB" (Bugs Bunny's initials) in a fancy font.
Technique: None. Traditional animation for The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show variant.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
- It's usually seen on The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show.
- Later used for the 1971-75 run of The Bugs Bunny Show, as well as its 1980 French dub.
3rd Logo (September 1972-1984)
Logo: Same as before, except the LT characters stand beside the 1972 WBTV logo (the Big "W" logo) with the company name on top (in the Warner Communications custom typeface) and the byline "A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY" below.
Variant: On the 1979 Bugs Bunny Valentine Special and the 1981 special Bugs Bunny: All-American Hero, the font in the logo is seen in a black color.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Quite rare, it's seen on episodes of The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show and The Sylvester and Tweety, Daffy, and Speedy Show, as well as other Looney Tunes specials during the era, though most specials plaster it with the 8th logo.
4th Logo (September 28, 1979-November 20, 1980)
Logo: We see the concentric circles with red rings and a blue center "WARNER BROS. INC." is on the top. Then the WB shield zooms in.
Closing Logo: On the concentric circles "That's all Folks!" writes itself on the screen, this is the same as the 1959-1960 Merrie Melodies closing.
- At the end of Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century, the center in the closing logo was colored pink (the final scene of that cartoon) and Marvin the Martian saying the closing words, "Don't worry folks! After all, it's only a cartoon.". Right after saying that, his helmet visor drops down over his eyes.
- On The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, a custom opening was used. Here, the closing logo plays shortly after the Warner Bros. Pictures logo, but Bugs Bunny pops in from the left side of the screen and looks at the viewer, unimpressed as he twitches his nose twice. He then goes back offscreen and pushes the concentric circles off screen revealing a blue backstage behind them. He examines the script as he twitches his nose twice again before splitting "That's" and "all Folks!" and using his ears to insert "NOT" in between them (the phrase now reads "That's NOT all Folks!"). Bugs Bunny then raises his eyebrows twice before exiting left. The concentric circles come back the studio logo plays as normal. Afterwards, Bugs Bunny pulls up the concentric rings while resting on the phrase "Bugs Bunny" as he bites on his carrot as usual.
Technique: Hand drawn animation.
.Music/Sounds: The 1955-1964 version of "Merrily We Roll Along".
- On Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century, the 1955-1964 version of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" is used instead.
- On The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, "Merrily We Roll Along" is arranged by Dean Elliott.
Availability: Seen on many shorts at the time including The Fright Before Christmas, Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol, and Freeze Frame. Also seen on The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie.
Legacy: This is a well-known logo for many Looney Tunes fans.
5th Logo (January 10, 1984-1986)
Logo: Same as the 3rd logo, except with Bugs Bunny (on the left) and the Road Runner (on the right) standing beside the WB shield (albeit without the banner) with the company name on top and the Warner Communications byline below. This is all on a red background.
Variant: In the early days, the name and the byline were in the custom Warner Communications font. In late 1984, the font was updated to reflect the new WBTV logo introduced at the time.
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Extinct. Seen on The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour and the last few seasons of The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show during the era.
6th Logo (September 13, 1986-March 8, 1992)
Logo: Same as before, but with Bugs Bunny (on the left) and Tweety (on the right) on a purple background with the WB logo with a maroon background inside. The text and byline are in Friz Quadrata (the font used in The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show's credits at the time).
- September 13, 1986-1990: "A WARNER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY"
- 1990-March 8, 1992: "A TIME WARNER COMPANY"
Variant: By no later than 1990, the top byline was changed to "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION INC."
Music/Sounds: The closing theme of the show.
Availability: Extinct, it was only seen on earlier seasons of The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, with later seasons replacing the logo with the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logo. These seasons were last seen on Teletoon in Canada.
7th Logo (November 20, 1987-September 23, 1988)
Logo: On the concentric circles, the text "WARNER BROS. CARTOONS INC." and "Present", in classic fonts, are there. Then, the WB shield zooms in. A few seconds later, it fades to Daffy Duck's head.
Closing Logo: On the concentric circles "That's all Folks!" writes itself on the screen.
Technique: Hand drawn animation.
Music/Sounds: "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" (1946-1955 "goofy" version) or "Merrily We Roll Along" (1945 version).
Availability: Seen only on The Duxorcist and The Night of the Living Duck.
Legacy: This logo and the shorts it appears on, are homages to the golden age of WB cartoons.
8th Logo (September 17, 1990-1992)
Logo: Over a royal blue wallpaper of little WB print shields, we see Bugs Bunny in the spotlight, prompted on top of the company name "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION INC." in yellow-green.
Technique: Hand drawn animation.
Music/Sounds: The sound of Bugs munching his carrot, usually played over the closing theme of the show.
- On Merrie Melodies Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends, an announcer says "Merrie Melodies is a production of Warner Bros. Animation, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television" (the last part is heard over the 1990 Warner Bros. Television Distribution logo).
- On some Looney Tunes videos of the early 90s, no background music is used, just the sound of Bugs munching his carrot.
Availability: Appeared on syndicated episodes of Merrie Melodies Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends, as well as various Looney Tunes TV specials (often plastering over older logos from the 1970s and 1980s, in many cases the 8th logo but sometimes even the 6th Warner Bros. Television logo on any specials originally using it).
9th Logo (August 15, 1990-1992)
Logo: The same as the 6th Warner Bros. Television logo, but the text above reads "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION INC.", and the fonts are different.
Music/Sounds: The ending theme of the show.
Availability: Only seen on Happy Birthday, Bugs: 50 Looney Years, Bugs Bunny's Creature Features, and Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes.
10th Logo (September 14, 1990-September 15, 1995)
Logo: On a cloud background, we see the standard WB shield in a small, different looking design. The banner reads "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION".
- 1990-1992: "A TIME WARNER COMPANY"
- 1992-1995: "A TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY"
- On the intro of Batman: The Animated Series, it's bylineless. It also fades into the two spotlights on the police blimp.
Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the show. On Taz-Mania, it has the last 4 notes of the Taz-Mania ending theme. On Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, it's the finishing of the end-title theme.
- It's seen at the beginning of every episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
- The byline variants were seen at the end of Taz-Mania and Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation.
- This was also seen at the beginning of some reruns of Beetlejuice, when it was on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.
- It also appeared at the end of The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show's 7th season (1992).
- It does not appear on Animaniacs or the main Tiny Toon Adventures series.
11th Logo (February 8, 1991-November 14, 1997)
Logo: On the red/blue concentric circles, with "WARNER BROS. PICTURES", "WARNER BROS. CLASSIC ANIMATION" and "WARNER BROS ANIMATION INC." on the top and "Presents" (or simply "Present") on the bottom, a red and white WB shield (or often the shield is blue and yellow) zooms in, then it fades to Bugs Bunny's head or none.
Closing Logo: On the concentric circles "That's all Folks!" writes itself on. Either "A WARNER BROS. CARTOON" or the copyright stamp and the IATSE logo appears below.
- In Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers and (Blooper) Bunny, Bugs Bunny would sit on the WB shield and much some carrots. Then he would pull the Looney Tunes title down like a window-shade (a la the 1942-1948 opening). Plus, the circles are orange and the background is black.
- In From Hare to Eternity, Superior Duck, Pullet Surprise and Father of the Bird, the circles are blue and the background is red.
- In Box-Office Bunny, the circles are purple/green and the background is orange.
Technique: Hand drawn animation.
Music/Sounds: "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" was used until 1993. Starting in 1994 with Chariots of Fur, the theme "Merrily We Roll Along" is used, orchestrated depending on the composers of Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and more (such as Richard Stone, George Daughtery or Cameron Patrick). In the 1991 short (Blooper) Bunny, the theme "What's Up Doc?" is used.
Availability: Seen on Looney Tunes from the era, notably Carrotblanca, Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers, and (Blooper) Bunny, among others.
12th Logo (September 9, 1995-December 18, 2002)
Logo: Over a set of clouds, we see a very metallic rendition of the WB shield, with the banner reading "TELEVISION ANIMATION", and the byline at the bottom. Underneath is the byline, "A TIME WARNER ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY".
- On some Animaniacs episodes (such as "The Presidents Song/Don't Tread on Us/The Flame Returns" and "Birds on a Wire/Scoring Session/The Animaniacs Suite" (the final episode)), the logo is bylineless and it is a bit darker.
- On both The New Batman Adventures and Superman: The Animated Series, the logo is a bit darker.
- On Road Rovers, the logo appears in the beginning as well as the end on the last few episodes.
- Classic Variant: On the Looney Tunes anthology series That's Warner Bros.! (1995), Bugs 'N' Daffy, and The Daffy Duck Show (Kids' WB version), the words "TELEVISION ANIMATION" (on the banner) are replaced with "CLASSIC ANIMATION" and there is no byline.
- Starting in 1998, all WB animated series broadcasted on Kids WB! (with the exception of Animaniacs, which had the post credit scene followed by the Amblin Television logo and this logo after the split-screen credits) has the logo appeared in a split-screen, due to the block's own split-screen credits.
Music/Sounds: Silent or the ending of the show's theme.
- It survives on DVD releases of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, Pinky and the Brain, Freakazoid and Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain.
- It was last seen on the series finale of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries.
- It is also seen on almost every Warner Bros. Animation series from 1995 to 2001, including Detention, Histeria!, Road Rovers, seasons 3 through 5 of Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain and its ill-fated spinoff, Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain.
- The "Classic Animation" variant appeared on That's Warner Bros.!, Bugs 'n' Daffy, and The Daffy Duck Show. It is also intact on Boomerang's streaming print of the 1962 short Prince Varmint (due to said print being taken from an episode of Bugs 'n' Daffy).
- It was seen on Batman Beyond and on The New Batman Adventures (a.k.a. the 4th season of Batman: The Animated Series and originally one half of The New Batman/Superman Adventures on original Kids' WB broadcasts) on The Hub (now Discovery Family).
- However, when reruns of Animaniacs aired on Nickelodeon from 2001 until 2003 and on Nicktoons TV from 2002 until 2005, this logo was plastered by the "Distributed by" version of the 2001 Warner Bros. Television logo.
- Modern digital releases of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries (i.e., Boomerang, HBO Max) plaster this logo with the 2001 Warner Bros. Television logo.
- This logo has been cut out of the HBO Max print of Superman: The Animated Series, as while the Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logo is intact, they cut the closing logos.
Legacy: This logo is a favorite among fans of the Kids' WB shows.
13th Logo (November 6, 2000)
Logo: On the red concentric circles with "WARNER BROS. CLASSIC ANIMATION" on the top and "Presents" on the bottom, a red and white WB shield zooms in, then it fades to the Road Runner's and Wile E. Coyote's heads.
Closing Logo: On the concentric circles with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner's heads (in their Baby Looney Tunes versions) "That's all Folks!" in a childish font writes itself in on the top. The Baby Looney Tunes logo and "A WARNER BROS. CARTOON" are on the bottom.
Technique: Same as before.
Music/Sounds: An orchestrated rearrangement of the shortened "Merrily We Roll Along", arranged by Richard Stone.
Availability: The only cartoon to use this was Little Go Beep.
14th Logo (November 17, 2001-April 7, 2009)
Logo: There were two main variants of the logo:
- 2001-2003: Same as the Warner Bros. Television logo of the time, but the banner reads "TELEVISION ANIMATION". Underneath is the byline, "An AOL Time Warner Company" and the "www.warnerbros.com" URL.
- 2003-2009: The banner was changed to read "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION" across with the "www.warnerbros.com" URL underneath. This was most likely due to the closure of Warner Bros.' Feature Animation division, and the former television/direct-to-video unit became Warner Bros.' main animation department, akin to the Termite Terrace/Warner Bros. Cartoons days.
Trivia: On one episode of Duck Dodgers, the end credits cut to black in the place where the logo should be. The reason for this is unknown, though it may be due to bad editing. The almost exact subject happened on What's New, Scooby-Doo?, but the last credit is somehow frozen and the logo doesn't appear at all.
- Every show and DTV movie produced by Warner Bros Animation from this period would feature an in-credit variant of the 2001 and 2003 shields, sometimes the latter would plaster over the 2001 in-credit shield also.
- Some series didn't feature the Warner Bros. URL under the AOL Time Warner byline.
- On Chill Out, Scooby-Doo!, a variant of the 2003 logo was seen with the Warner Bros. URL missing, just the shield on the clouds. This variant was also seen on The Batman episode "Night and the City", the Tom and Jerry Tales episodes "Fire Breathing Tom Cat / Medieval Menace / The Itch" and CBBC UK airings of What's New Scooby Doo?, early second season episodes of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, Krypto the Superdog, The Batman, ¡Mucha Lucha! and Baby Looney Tunes.
- In September 2007, a variation was introduced with the byline "A TimeWarner Company" on the bottom. Last seen on Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword.
- On Tom and Jerry: The Karate Guard, a rare version is seen where the shield is much smaller, and underneath it is the byline "A TimeWarner Company" and the "www.warnerbros.com" URL. It is also a bit off-center.
- On Season 2 of Johnny Test, the logo is cropped on both the 4:3 and 16:9 prints. This version has the URL slightly edited upwards. Oddly enough, Warner Bros. never was involved in the show during this season. A narrowed version of the variant also exists, and it is seen on French 4:3 prints of early season 2 episodes of said show.
- On Kids WB! broadcasts of all WB animated shows until 2008, the logo appears in a split screen due to the block's own split-screen credits.
Music/Sounds: It's usually the outro of the show's theme music, but is also seen silent on some direct-to-video movies (typically if it follows a DC Entertainment logo, a Hanna-Barbera credit, or a dedication in the credits).
Music/Sounds Variant: On CBBC UK airings of What's New Scooby Doo?, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, Krypto the Superdog and Baby Looney Tunes, the last note of the show's theme music is heard.
- The 2001 version can be found on early episodes of Justice League and first season episodes of Teen Titans, among other shows. However newer HD prints of shows that used this logo have plastered it with the 2003 variant thus making it a bit harder to find. SD prints however often keep this variant. (both on-screen and in-credit)
- This appears on various shows on Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Kids' WB, including Teen Titans, Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, Loonatics Unleashed, Tom and Jerry Tales, Xiaolin Showdown, Ozzy and Drix, Krypto the Superdog, The Batman, Legion of Super Heroes, Duck Dodgers, Baby Looney Tunes, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, the first two seasons of Johnny Test, and on various direct-to-video productions from the studio, such as Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas.
- This logo can also be seen on the Looney Tunes cartoons produced by Larry Doyle in the 2003-2005 time frame.
Legacy: Like the 12th logo, this is a favorite for those that are fans of the Kids' WB shows, especially the WBA-produced Cartoon Network shows.
15th Logo (2003-2004)
Logo: On a black background, a green center zooms up as some red rings zoom out one-by-one and arrange themselves into the famous "bullseye" backdrop. Then a large, metallic, ugly-looking red-and-gold WB shield comes from the center of the screen, zooms up to a huge size, overshooting its mark and then backs up to its usual spot on the bullseye (this was borrowed from the 1953 3D LT short Lumberjack Rabbit). Then over it, "WARNER BROS. PICTURES" "wipes" onscreen over the shield in an ugly font, and underneath is "PRESENTS" in the same font.
Closing Logo: The same concentric circles background as before, but with "LOONEY TUNES" above the center of the rings and "That's all Folks!" tracing itself on the bottom of the bullseye. Porky Pig (voiced by Billy West) appears in the center and stutters, "Bee-ba-da-ba-bee-da, That's all, folks!".
Technique: All the animation in these logos, be it clips or the logo itself, is hand drawn.
Music/Sounds: A remixed version of "Merrily We Roll Along", arranged by Walter Murphy. In Whizzard of Ow, the explosion sound effects corresponding with the classic clips shown can be heard.
- All six cartoons using this logo have been released on the Looney Tunes: Back in Action Blu-ray and were made available to stream on HBO Max until January 2023, and at least two of them have occasionally aired on MeTV's Toon In With Me program.
- Three of the cartoons were also released on standard-definition DVD in North America: Whizzard of Ow on the Looney Tunes: Back in Action DVD release, Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas on The Essential Bugs Bunny 2010 DVD and Attack of the Drones on The Essential Daffy Duck 2010 DVD (also released in 2010).
- The cartoons have also aired in Canada and other international TV markets. A possible reason why these Looney Tunes shorts took a long time to receive a USA release is that these cartoons were six of over 30 shorts Warner Bros. had in production for theatrical release (some of them Looney Tunes, others Tom and Jerry).
- However, Looney Tunes: Back in Action's failure at the box office forced Warner Bros. to reorganize their entire animation unit (while these shorts were produced by the television/direct-to-video animation unit, the feature animation division was shut down after failure). This ended up shutting down production on these shorts in 2004, with only 11 of these shorts (six of them the aforementioned Looney Tunes shorts) completed (however, the cancelled Tom and Jerry shorts were completed in 2006 as Tom and Jerry Tales shorts).
16th Logo (September 27, 2005-October 2, 2007)
Logo: The logo is very similar to the 1953 MGM Cartoons logo, but instead of using Tanner the lion with baby blue ribboning, it was replaced by a Warner Bros. shield, and instead of "A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer", it's "A Warner Bros. Animation". The word "CARTOON" is still used, and it still takes place in a blue background.
Music/Sounds: The opening music.
Availability: It's first seen in The Karate Guard and was last seen in Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale.
17th Logo (November 14, 2008-May 5, 2015)
Logo: On a red spotlight background, we see the standard WB shield much like before, with Bugs Bunny (drawn in his 1940s style) on the left, munching his carrot. The shield is more computer-generated. Below the shield is "Presents" in white script.
Trivia: The CG shield animation for The Looney Tunes Show variant was made by Wut It Is with Autodesk 3D Studios Max 9. Also, the alternative logo was made by Mark Marek.
- On the alternative variant (this time without Bugs Bunny), a small light flickers out of darkness on a partially gray background. The bottom part of a B&W WB shield becomes visible as the light slowly edges out some the dark sides, while the rest of the uncolored WB shield slowly zooms in on the background, with "Presents" fading in and becoming visible. The background then becomes a tad red as the logo slowly zooms in even more, becoming clearly seen before fading out.
- There are two prototype versions of the alternative variant:
- First one has the shining shield with rain and fog pouring.
- Second one is only got a fog on it while the B&W WB shield becomes visible like the normal one.
- There are two prototype versions of the alternative variant:
- As a closing logo, Bugs does not appear and the TimeWarner byline appears below.
- On The Looney Tunes Show, the closing variant is modified in 3D, but then the WB shield opens up (ala the opening to The Bugs Bunny Show) to reveal Porky Pig inside, who says his trademark "T-th-th-that's all, folks!" line, and then fades out. Other variants feature different characters, such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Taz, Lola Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Granny, Dr. Weisberg and Mac & Tosh - The Goofy Gophers who would say Porky Pig's line and then chatter amongst each other as the logo fades out.
- On DVD trailers for The Looney Tunes Show, the end of the Porky variant is shown, with the byline blurred out. Also, the screen cuts to black directly on the last note of the variant's music.
- On split-screen credit airings of The Looney Tunes Show, the logo freezes just before the shield opens.
- On Batman: Assault on Arkham, "Presents" is removed in the alternative logo.
Technique: Hand drawn animation. None for the closing variant.
Music/Sounds: The opening variant plays a sped-up version of the very end of the 1945-1955 rendition of "Merrily We Roll Along" with Bugs munching his carrot, while the end variant uses the end theme of the show/movie or none.
- The alternative logo has no music (or often have the opening theme of the movie); however, they rarely have a music exclusively at Mark Marek's website, which sounds mysterious, dramatic and serious than the "Merrily We Roll Along" one, including the sound of a film projector at the beginning.
- The Looney Tunes Show variants have a few notes of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" (the show's theme music) followed by a drum solo. After the dialogue, the last saxophone note plays at the end.
- The standard version with Bugs Bunny appears on Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes, and MAD, and the ghouly version w/o Bugs appears on Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated on Cartoon Network (though the standard logo did appear on the first episode as a sneak preview, and later episodes have no opening logo), but also seen on Boomerang, HBO Max and other streaming services and the entire series of said show was on DVD still had this variant intact.
- The alternative logo appears on Young Justice (though the standard logo appeared on the first two episodes), and DC Universe Original Animated Movies made after 2008, such as Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight, and other PG-13 movies.
- It also appears on Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur, as well as all DC Showcase shorts.
- Although the opening with Bugs Bunny appears on Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword, they strangely used the 3rd version from the 14th closing logo instead.
- The opening logo does not appear on The Looney Tunes Show, which uses the 20th logo.
- The closing logo does not appear on the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special or the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise.
- The opening logo isn't seen on the newer WB Animation programs such as ThunderCats (2011 series), Green Lantern: The Animated Series, and the first season of Teen Titans Go!.
- The logo was last seen on Scooby-Doo! and the Beach Blanket Beastie, oddly not using the 22nd or 23rd logo.
18th Logo (July 30, 2010-June 10, 2014)
Logo: On a black background, a series of 3D orange circles come flying into the screen, arranging itself into the famous "bullseye" backdrop. Then a large, metallic WB shield zooms in at a fast pace, overshooting its mark and nearly crashing into the screen (again, ala Lumberjack Rabbit), and then bounces back to its normal position, as "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION" appears above it, and "Presents" below it, in the classic fonts. The logo then comes apart and zooms away. No series logo or closing titles appear.
- On I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat and Flash in the Pain, the circles are green, they don't fly, and the background is red. Also, the shield zooms in and stops as normal (ala the 1930s-1960s Warner Bros. cartoons). The text fades in one-by-one and instead of coming apart and zooming away, the logo just fades to a black screen.
- On Daffy's Rhapsody, it is the same as the I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat variant, but the circles are red and the background is blue.
Technique: CGI animated by Reel FX.
Music/Sounds: A remixed, short version of "Merrily We Roll Along", arranged by Christopher Lennertz. On the 3D shorts, when the shield zooms in, we hear the "twanging" sound from the 1945-1955 Merrie Melodies theme; however, in the I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat variant had a different "twanging" sound.
- The first cartoon featuring this logo was Coyote Falls, seen in front of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and was also shown on Fur of Flying, seen in front of Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Rabid Rider, seen in front of Yogi Bear, I Tawt I Taw a Putty Tat, seen in front of Happy Feet Two, and Daffy's Rhapsody, seen in front of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
- It was also last seen on Flash in the Pain, which is a limited release.
19th Logo (September 6, 2010-December 2, 2013)
Logo: On a selective yellow background, the WB shield (similar to the 1985 Warner Home Video shield) is at the center, and on the bottom, the byline reads "A WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT CO.". Below the company byline is the "www.warnerbros.com" URL. The logo gets covered up with the MAD logo all over and wipes to the left for the after-credits scene.
Variant: On the episode "KoBee Movie/Law and Ogre", the logo is drawn on a flip book, like the credits were.
Music/Sounds: The ending theme of MAD.
Availability: It's only seen after the end credits of MAD.
20th Logo (May 3, 2011-August 31, 2014)
Logo: At the start of the show, we start on a black background with a dark blue light. Then, a large WB shield in the design of the 18th logo, accompanied with the words "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION" and "Presents", in the same fonts as the 18th logo, zoom in (with the shield once again zooming in closer than the letters and overshooting its mark, crashing into the screen, then quickly pulling back-again, a la Lumberjack Rabbit). Around the same time the shield appears, a colorful, painted orange/yellow bullseye "zooms" behind it. Then a quick second later, the shield zooms out, and the camera follows the shield, seguing into the opening intro of the show.
Technique: 2D computer animation.
Music/Sounds: The opening theme of the show (a fast-paced jazzy remix of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down", arranged by Andy Sturmer).
- It can be seen on the series The Looney Tunes Show, which currently airs on Boomerang.
- It's also available on the Boomerang streaming service, HBO Max, and other digital download/streaming platforms, and the first season is also on DVD as well.
Legacy: This logo is a favorite among fans of The Looney Tunes Show.
21st Logo (September 28, 2012-June 23, 2015)
Logo: Similar to the 16th logo. Once again, the logo is very similar to the 1953 MGM Cartoons logo, but instead of using Tanner the lion with baby blue ribboning, it was replaced by a Warner Bros. shield from the 18th logo, and instead of "A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer", it's "A Warner Bros.". The word "CARTOON" is still used, and it still takes place in a blue background.
Variant: On Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon, the logo is sepia-tinted and placed in a border surrounded by dragons.
Music/Sounds: The opening music.
Availability: It was used only in Tom and Jerry direct-to-video movies, starting with Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and His Merry Mouse.
22nd Logo (June 5, 2014-July 30, 2015)
Logo: On a black background, the WB shield used from the intro of the 2010 Looney Tunes shorts is displayed. Below the logo is a byline script that reads "Animation". Its lacking design and short life make could mean its just a placeholder logo for the next logo below.
Trivia: Despite the official logo not debuting until 2014, the print logo appeared in-credit on shows as early as November 11, 2011.
Music/Sounds: None or the closing theme of the show/movie.
Availability: Uncommon. This logo can be seen on the second season of Teen Titans Go!, the first season of Mike Tyson Mysteries, Tom and Jerry: Santa's Little Helpers, Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered!, and other WB Animation movies.
23rd Logo (May 4, 2015-)
Logo: The WB shield (from the 18th, 20th, 21st and 22nd logos) fades in with a dim shine over the shield and zooms in as the black background turns into a dark blood red background of Looney Tunes bullseye rings. After the WB shield is there, the script "Animation" is written in cursive writing.
- On some shows like Unikitty! and Little Ellen, the logo is still.
- At the end of some shows, the logo is sped-up.
- In 2019, the logo was enhanced.
Trailer Variant: On the trailer for Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, a still version of the logo gradually zooms in along with the DC logo.
Technique: 2D computer animation.
Music/Sounds: None, the closing theme of the show/movie, or whoosh sound effects starting in 2019.
Availability: Current and common.
- The logo was first seen in the trailer of the direct-to-video movie, Looney Tunes: Rabbit's Run.
- The full normal logo is currently seen on DC Original Animated Movies mid-2015, web shorts based on Batman Unlimited, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Wabbit, Bunnicula, Be Cool Scooby Doo!, DC Superhero Girls shorts and specials (as well as the 2019 series), seasons 2-4 of The Tom and Jerry Show (2014), Teen Titans Go! beginning with the third season, the Teen Titans Go!/The Powerpuff Girls (2016 reboot) crossover special "TTG v PPG", Jellystone! and Velma.
- The enhanced logo first appeared on the release of Netflix's adaptation of Green Eggs and Ham. It was later seen on the 2020 revival of Animaniacs and future DC Animated Movies starting with Superman: Man of Tomorrow. As of this writing, it is used in tandem with the normal logo.
- The logo with sound effects first appeared on Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, alongside other future releases from DC Universe Animated Original Movies.
- This is not seen on the Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship.
24th Logo (July 27, 2018-) (Movie Logo)
Logo: On a red background similar to that of the 2008 logo, we see the WB shield and the "Animation" script from the previous two logos. The shield opens up and Daffy Duck emerges from inside. He proceeds to bounce around the screen and interact with the logo, including taking "Animation" and flipping it like a flipbook, then using it to hit the shield like a gong. Daffy continues bouncing around until he runs smack into the camera and goes into a daze. The shield is opened again by an irritated Porky Pig, who grabs Daffy by the neck and pulls him back in before closing the shield, leaving one of Daffy's feathers to float down onto "Animation".
- Daffy Duck's personality and design in this sequence are a homage to his personality and design in the late 1930s Looney Tunes shorts.
- If you look carefully at the background behind Porky when he opens the shield, as well as Daffy when he emerges, you can see that it's a cartoon version of the WB backlot, complete with the iconic water tower.
Technique: 2D animation of Daffy and Porky and their interactions with the logo. This was directed and storyboarded by Pete Browngardt, and animated by veteran animator Eric Goldberg.
Music/Sounds: Various cartoon sound effects, including Daffy's trademark "Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo!" (voiced by Eric Bauza).
Availability: Current and is currently being used in tandem with the previous logo on movies. This was first seen on Teen Titans Go! To the Movies and later appeared on several direct-to-video releases from the company since.
Legacy: This logo is a favorite of many Looney Tunes fans.
25th Logo (June 11, 2019, March 23, 2020-)
Logo: Another recreation of the classic "bullseye" logo, with varied colors (such as red rings and a dark blue center, or green rings and a dark red center). On top is "WARNER BROS. ANIMATION" in its' classic font, and on the bottom is "Presents" in the script font and a production number. The WB shield (also in varied colors) zooms up normally this time. The size and colors of the text are different each time as well.
Closing Logo: Just "That's all Folks!" writing itself out in its' classic script font against the bullseye backdrop used in the short.
Trivia: If you look closely at the bottom of the screen in the studio logo, you can see the production number of the short. This also applies to most of the classic Looney Tunes shorts though the 1930s and 1950s.
- On certain shorts ("Pest Coaster" and "Basket Bugs", for instance), the series logo is slightly tweaked, with "LOONEY TUNES" in a font reminiscent of the 1935-38 series logos, and "CARTOONS" underneath.
- On one Sylvester and Tweety short ("Pain in the Ice"), the background in the series logo is green-cyan. Tweety is also a bit smaller and has been shifted slightly to the right.
- On another Sylvester and Tweety short ("Rhino Ya Don't!"), the screen fades much faster to the series logo.
- On one Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner short ("TNT Trouble"), the phrase "A LOONEY TUNES CARTOON" is on the top as opposed to the bottom.
- Starting with season 3, a near shot-for-shot remake of the classic Warner Bros. Cartoons variant where Bugs sits on the shield and pulls down the title card has been used on some Bugs Bunny shorts. Both the "classic" shield design used normally in this logo and the "modern" design used in other Warner Bros. Animation logos have appeared in this variant.
Technique: 2D animation.
Music/Sounds: A short orchestral remix of either "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" or "Merrily We Roll Along" arranged by Carl Johnson. The closing logo features an even shorter arrangement than what was heard in the classic shorts.
Music/Sounds Variant: On the smaller shorts like "Tunnel Vision" or "Cactus If You Can", it either uses an even shorter remix of "Merrily We Roll Along" or a generic fanfare that matches the theme of the short (examples include a fairy-tale fanfare in "Fleece and Desist" or a brass fanfare in "TNT Trouble").
- It first appeared on the new cartoonist/creator-driven Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts which premiered on HBO Max on May 27, 2020.
- However, it does not appear whenever one of the shorts (like "Pest Coaster", "Wet Cement", or "Tunnel Vision") is uploaded to YouTube since they are usually cut out.
26th Logo (April 6, 2023)
Logo: A recreation of the 1960s Looney Tunes opening sequences. On a black background, a series of lines zoom and swirl from the screen, three lavender and one orange. The lavender lines disappear one-by-one to form the 1963 "Abstract WB" graphic, rendered in lavender. As this happens, the orange line moves downward and back up before turning into an orange "PRESENTS", in a font very reminiscent of the actual 1960s logos. It then cuts to two lines swirling around and then sliding away to reveal the series logo, also including a small blue-and-yellow version of the WB shield from the 2014-present WB Animation logos, with "ANIMATION" underneath in the same strange font used for the rest of the lettering on the series logo.
Closing Logo: A recreation of the 1967 Warner Bros.- Seven Arts Animation closing sequence. On a brownish-black background, a purple "W7" shield is seen. "A WARNER BROS. ANIMATION CARTOON" appears letter-by-letter in front of the shield, complete with the "OO" in "CARTOON" turning red and jumping up and down three times like a cartoon eye take.
Technique: 2D animation.
Music/Sounds: An orchestral rearrangement of the 1960s Bill Lava version of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down", arranged by Joshua Moshier.
Availability: Seen on the Looney Tunes Cartoons short "Crumb and Get It", which is a parody of the 1960s era of the Warner Bros. cartoons, hence this logo sequence appearing.
Here is some information about the copyright stamps on the Warner Bros. Animation series:
- 1967-1970: ©[YEAR] WARNER BROS.-SEVEN ARTS INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
- 1972-1992: ©[YEAR] WARNER BROS. INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. (This was used after 1980 on shows based on classic WB properties, e.g. Taz-Mania.)
- 1980-1992: ©[YEAR] WARNER BROS. ANIMATION INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. (This was used on original shows.)
- 1992-1995: ©[YEAR] Warner Bros., A Time-Warner Entertainment Company (This was used on Animaniacs.)
- 1992-1993: ©[YEAR] Warner Bros. Animation, A Division of Time Warner Entertainment Co. L.P. (This was briefly used to replace the one for WB Animation Inc., and has been removed from many DVD and syndication prints.)
- 1995-1999: ©[YEAR] Warner Bros. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
- 1999-2003: © [YEAR] Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved
- 2001-: ©[YEAR] Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. (This is used on shows based on H-B properties, e.g. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.)
- 2003-: © [YEAR] Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (This is used on shows based on classic WB properties, e.g. The Looney Tunes Show.)
- 2003-: © [YEAR] Warner Bros. Animation Inc. (This is used on original shows.)