Sunday, October 21, 2007

Back from vacation/ cool bedspread

Well, I'm back from my week-long vacation, and what a vacation it was. My parents and I went to our old favorite place...the New Jersey shore. It was sort of a 50th birthday present to my mom, who grew up in Pennsylvania. To top it off, my dad snagged tickets to see Bruce Springsteen at Madison Square Garden in new York City...ironic that I was creating a Looney-themed music video of a new song by the guy and had NO idea what my dad had planned for us!

Anyway, the house my folks rented had a fun addition to the room I stayed in. It was clearly designed as a kids' room by the owners, and had a bedspread featuring a certain gang of cartoon characters...






The bedspread was, apparently, from 1996, and used old drawings and model sheets rather than the standard publicity poses of the era...one of the only Looney Tunes items I've ever seen that did that.

To see more of the bedspread, check this out:

More bedspread picts

Another interesting LT-related fact...Avalon, NJ is home to a wonderful fish market called "Sylvester's", (the founders' last name was "Sylvester") which, sadly, was not open at this time of year. But there's an infamous story about a Warner Bros. executive who vacationed there in the late 1980s, who threatened to sue if they didn't remove their wonderful sign featuring the iconic Looney Tunes "puddy tat". the Sylvester family obliged, and by the early 90's, the sign (and great drawings on the take-out menu I remember coloring as a kid) were gone. I last visited Sylvester's about 3 years ago, and they still had a stuffed Sylvester doll perched on the rafter inside...in "quiet defiance", as an employee pointed out.

Here's a photo, from the Sylvester's website, of the old sign, circa 1986:

7 comments:

jbwarner86 said...

Nice bed - I think I can identify all the model sheets and animation drawings that those poses came from (just about all of them were reprinted in "That's All, Folks!" by Steve Schneider). Although I note that in the Daffy "Rabbit Fire" walk cycle ("No more buwwets? Here, lemme see that thing..."), Elmer's gun seems to have been replaced with a baseball bat.

Yokota said...

Hi Matt: it seems that you had a wonderful time with your parents...and it had been much more funny with all these Looney Tunes Stuff, which a good fanatic ( like us!) would sure photograph!

Jill Santi said...

cool pics! I love that bedspread!

Jon Cooke said...

This looks like something that probably came from the WB Studio Store originally.

Anonymous said...

I had those when I was kid! I loved them! It was a sad day when my mom said I was too "old" for those bedsheets...but it was and still is awesome in my eyes.

Thad K said...

I had actually had those until I was 17 (more out of laziness than anything). I had to get rid of them when I realized I couldn't get laid with Bugs Bunny bedsheets.

jill santi said...

Ups...I forgot! I fell sorry for that poor Sylvester and his family...That sing was a original piece!

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