Foghorn Leghorn was based on a character on Fred Allen's radio show, Senator Claghorn (played by the show's announcer, Kenny Delmar). Supposedly, Warner Bros. then trademarked Foghorn Leghorn, and Delmar had to get permission from them to continue to do the original character!
"Little 'Tinker" (1948). (Not technically a Looney Tune, but I'm not starting a separate thread for MGM cartoons!) Can't find the whole thing, but this is the funniest bit anyway.
The premise: a lonely skunk keeps trying to find a mate (and doesn't seem particular about the species), but fails for the obvious reason. The other premise, pertaining to this segment: in the '40s, Frank Sinatra was frequently mocked by comedians for being so skinny.
First time I saw this (as a teenager), I almost passed out from laughter.
the way I always heered it Mel was offered sole screen credit by special arrangement. I don't know if this means he got it instead of money or instead of MORE money but I do know that Art, Freeberg and June Foray loom large in geek-dom as a result. it's nice when their FINE work is mentioned & that's not to take away from Mel who was a star and deserved to be treated like one.