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Time Capsule: 1935

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Mel Blanc took over as Porky’s voice in 1937, because his predecessor, Joe Dougherty, had a real stutter, which led to recording sessions overrunning

LOONEY TUNES’ PORKY BRINGS HOME THE BACON

Inspired by Walt Disney’s success with Silly Symphonies, Warner Brothers wanted to create their own animated short musical films. The result, Looney Tunes, ran from 1930 to 1969 and became one of the key components of the golden age of American animation. It became beloved for a host of enduring characters – including Bugs Bunny, Roadrunner and Daffy Duck – but the first to earn widespread appeal was Porky Pig. Introduced in 1935, Porky was known for his stutter and his shy, naïve personality, which made him the ideal sidekick to some of the studio’s wackier figures. Mel Blanc, one of the most prolific voice actors for Looney Tunes, asked for Porky’s signature phrase at the end of each cartoon to be included on his gravestone: “That’s all folks”.

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“Don’t let every little feeling be read in your face and seen in your manner.” Queen Victoria certainly took her own advice. But her personal feelings have since been revealed through her diaries and letters, and this issue we ask the celebrated historian Lucy Worsley how these private words have shed light on Victoria’s life and deeds. Plus: the tale of how modest Oxford don JRR Tolkien was inspired to create Middle Earth, an ancient Athenian whodunnit, our A-Z of executions, the most brilliant beards in history, and more.