Looney Tunes

Feb 18


Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA


Melissa Franklin

Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics, Harvard University

Looney Tunes— Science on Screen Jr. presents: Cartoon physics

Harvard physicist Melissa Franklin explores how Looney Tunes stretches—and snaps—the laws of physics.

Coolidge Corner Theatre Brookline, MA

Film Synopsis

Eh, what's up, doc? Classic animated shorts featuring America's favorite wabbit and friends.

Looney Tunes, a series of animated comedy short films produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1969, helped define the golden age of American animation, introducing audiences to a cast of indelible cartoon characters: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Tweety, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Tasmanian Devil, Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, and many others. The animation studio rose to great fame following the addition of directors Tex Avery and Chuck Jones and voice actor Mel Blanc. From 1942 to 1964, Looney Tunes and its companion series Merrie Melodies were the most popular animated shorts in movie theaters.

Image courtesy of Photofest

About the Speaker

Melissa Franklin, the first female tenured faculty member in Harvard University's department of physics, is an experimental particle physicist who is working on studies of hadron collisions produced by the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory with the Collider Detector Facility and the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. She works in a collaboration of more than 600 international physicists who discovered the top quark at CDF, and 3000 physicists at ATLAS, where she studies particle interactions and symmetries at the highest energies now available. Professor Franklin, born and raised in Canada, received her B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and her Doctorate from Stanford University. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Champagne/Urbana, and was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard, before joining the Harvard faculty in 1989.