Looney Tunes

Colonial Theatre Phoenixville, PA


Linda Simensky

Vice President of Children’s Programming at PBS

Looney Tunes— The rules of cartoon physics

When a cartoon character runs off a cliff, they won’t fall – until they look down and realize they’ve run off the cliff. And when they do fall, they’ll just get up again and walk away. How does that work? Linda Simensky, vice president of children’s programming at PBS, explains the rules of cartoon physics, along with their origins at Termite Terrace (aka Warner Bros.).

Colonial Theatre Phoenixville, PA

Film Synopsis

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

Looney Tunes, the indelible series of short cartoon films produced by Warner Bros. from 1930 to 1969, helped define the golden age of American animation, introducing audiences to a cast of unforgettable characters: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig, Tweety and Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, and many others. Propelled by anvil drops, Acme rockets, and an endless supply of inspired zaniness, Looney Tunes and its companion series Merrie Melodies reigned for two decades as the most popular animated shorts in movie theaters. 

Image courtesy of Photofest

About the Speaker

Before joining PBS, Linda Simensky was Senior Vice President of Original Animation for Cartoon Network, where she oversaw development and series production of The Powerpuff Girls, among others. She began her career working for nine years at Nickelodeon, where she helped build the animation department and launch the popular series Rugrats, Doug and Rocko’s Modern Life. Linda also teaches animation history at the University of Pennsylvania.