It's amazing what turns up on the Internet. Before Six Flags, the Looney Tunes characters were mascots for the two Marriott's Great America theme parks. I never knew this before today and a quick Google search turned up some interesting pieces of information.
- "In 1976, the Looney Tunes characters made their way into the amusement business when they became the mascots for the two Marriott's Great America theme parks (Gurnee, IL and Santa Clara, CA). After the Gurnee park was sold to Six Flags, they also claimed the rights to use the characters at the other Six Flags parks, and continue to do so to this day."
The Looney Tunes characters appeared in a number of live stage shows for the parks. These were fairly big budget affairs as you can see in this YouTube clip. From professional dancers to what will be most interesting to us Looney Tunes buffs --- Mel Blanc doing all the character voices.
The same Google search turned up an entire website that lists every stage show that ran at the Marriott park. The page for 1983's Bugs Bunny's Las Vegas Review includes surprisingly high quality MP3 downloads of the entire half-hour show. Don't miss Bugs singing "One of Those Songs" with the Tasmanian Devil and Wile E. Coyote (!) or Daffy doing a Sammy Davis Jr. impersonation (oddly, the folks behind the show failed to speed up Porky and Daffy's voices).
Enjoy these "lost" Mel Blanc performances: Click here