1945: Why So Few Looney Tunes? - Forum.
Ian L.
  • Ian L.
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Something I noticed while making a custom "LT on home video" guide for myself: 1945 only had eighteen shorts, far fewer than was standard at the time (typically between 25-30 shorts). Was there a specific reason for this? Did it have to do with World War II, or something else?

Apologies if this has been answered ad nauseum.
I believe this was the case with more cartoon studios. There is a reason for it, that I forgot. Must have something to do with the war.
Yup, my ol’ pal Fox is right. All the film studios were affected by the Technicolor shortage that occurred during WWII, which explains why so few shorts were able to be put out that year. Make no mistake: production was still going at the same rate at all the studios - it’s just that the films couldn’t be put out because Technicolor was such a valuable thing. This also explains why Warners put out a handful of cartoons in Cinecolor durning 1946-1949 - because it was cheaper and it could get the films out faster. Make sense?
Ken Layton
Many of the Technicolor cameras were tied up at major studios for feature films. Remember, there were only so many Technicolor cameras available.
It wasn't much of a problem with Screen Gems. It was so low budget, that they released black and white shorts right near the end of its' run.