still can't stop thinking about this "favorite looney toons characters, by state" map the official looney toons account posted on july 4th. it's like some sort of missive broadcasted from a parallel universe. i can't look away

forms.gle/KtyACLXbwZJcpWtw8 OKAY HERE WE GO. we're running our own Favorite Looney Tunes By State poll. results in, uhhhh mmmmmm how about a week? we'll see in a week. spread this sucker around

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OKAY HERE WE GO. POLL RESULTS THREAD TIME. WARNER BROTHERS, IF EITHER OF YOU ARE ON MASTODON, TAKE NOTE

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We received 590 responses from 46 states and 8 Canadian provinces. (No responses from any outlying American commonwealths, unfortunately!) While I realize that wasn't an intensely big sample size, I figured it'd be big enough to give us some clear-cut results. I Was Wrong!

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Predictably, areas with higher population density gave us more responses, which meant less of a chance for ties to occur-- for example, California and New York went for Bugs, Texas turned up for Daffy, and Ontario voted for Wile E. In rural areas, less responses meant more ties.

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Only five people in Kansas voted, and they all voted for different characters, which is how write-in candidates Speedy Gonzalez and Spike the Bulldog (not to be confused with Spike the Bulldog from MGM's Tom and Jerry shorts) got a spot on the map. This also happened in Quebec.

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If we're just grading the data as a straight-up popularity contest, Wile E. Coyote won handily with 105 responses, followed by more predictable faves Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. We stan an overconfident moron who claims he's a genius while buying his way to success, I guess???

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(Also, it's wild that the Roadrunner isn't even half as popular as Wile E. is? I'm sure he'd be tickled to know that he caught up to R.R. in the polls, at least.)

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Other interesting observations from the front of the pack: A lot of characters who didn't get a lot of cartoon time, like Marvin the Martian, Foghorn Leghorn, Taz, Gossamer and Speedy Gonzalez edged out mainstays like Porky Pig, (eugh) Tweety, and literally every human.

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(Actually, wait. Does Witch Lezah count as a human? Are we talking Lord Of The Rings rules, where magic users are technically a different species than mankind? Also what's up with her being referred to as Hazel in some cartoons and Lezah in others? Show some RESPECT, WB.)

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Also BIG ups to Lola Bunny, a character who didn't even exist until 1996, nabbing the #5 spot, and to Pepe Le Pew, a write-in who wasn't on the original Twitter Account At-Sign W B Looney Tunes issued map, nabbing eight votes! THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: America demands more basketball girls and horny skunks.

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MORE WRITE-IN FUN: Several people suggested Marc Antony and Pussyfoot, two characters whose names made a lot more sense when Pussyfoot was named "Cleo" in the concept art. Also shout out to Ralph Phillips and Tina Russo, two of the most weirdly mundane-named L.T.'s in existence.

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(Tina Russo is apparently Daffy's love interest from the early '10s sitcom The Looney Tunes Show. Can you imagine how weird it must be to be named Tina Russo and meet another duck named Daffy Duck? That's like meeting someone named "Silly Human" and thinking "oh yeah, date time."

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I've never seen the show, so I don't know if they call this out in context. But still! What??? Also I'm SORRY, but there's literally no way Daffy and her aren't mutual beards for each other. Just because most other sitcoms are heteronormative doesn't mean you have to be, L.T.S.!)

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Also, shout out to whoever wrote in "the fat horse bugs rode on in drag in kill the wabbit". You're thinking of "What's Opera, Doc?", but yes, you're empirically correct, she is the best Looney Tunes character and anyone who says otherwise can go sit and spin.

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WHERE WAS THE FIRST PLACE PEOPLE HEARD ABOUT THE LOONEY TUNES?? Unsurprisingly, most folks saw the original cartoons first. I thought more people would've first heard of them through merchandising, but I guess WB has been pretty good at keeping the ol' IP alive.

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Also, to the one person who wrote this in: This sounds horrifying. I am fascinated.

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HOW DO PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THE LOONEY TUNES? In true bell curve fashion, most people are either ambivalent or mildly enjoy the LoTo's! Wow! "Fine, I guess"! Neither an exciting nor surprising result. If the Looney Tunes had a pH, they'd be a perfect 7, like water.

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NOW WE GET TO THE REAL FUN STUFF. You'd think the people who care the most about the Loon'Tunes these days would be furries, right? And sure enough, nearly half of all responses came from folks who proudly identify as members of the furry fandom.

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(This also probably isn't surprising considering my follower base, lol.) BUT WAIT! Are furries really more interested in the Looners than everyone else? Turns out: Maybe a little??? More furries DISliked the Looney Tunes than the other two groups, too, so who knows.

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What's more interesting is which characters in PARTICULAR were more popular with furries-- Wile E. and Lola were BIG with them, for example, while Marvin and (bizarrely) Bugs were more popular with people who weren't furries. Weird!

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Finally, because I had to ask: most of the folks who identified as furries overwhelmingly hailed from California, Ontario and Washington, with slightly lower populations in New York and Massachusetts.

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Is this because these are also major population centers with historically queer communities? Or is it because there are more terminally online geeks living there who are interested in webcomics enough to follow me and see this stupid poll? Your call!

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Anyways, we've had a lot of fun discussing the Looney Tunes here today, but you know what's really loony? The fascist nightmare police state that we live in. Find ways to help your community here: blacklivesmatter.carrd.co Remember, all lives won't matter until Black lives matter.

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@irisjaycomics fun 10 minutes in a spreasheet calculation: the original state of the toonion map has only 5 states that match with your accurate data. 3 of are only because "they guessed at least one participant in a tie." the other 41 states of the toonion are all wrong

@irisjaycomics Wile E. would totally be my second choice after Lola, tbh

he's got clearly defined goals, he tries his best and is defeated by some combination of luck and his own hubris, and he's got a bit of a mad scientist bent. good character all around.

@BestGirlGrace he's fun! it's easy to laugh at him, but also it's easy to identify with him.

@irisjaycomics whomst among us has not fancied ourselves "Wile E. Coyote, Suuuuper Genius" at some point

@irisjaycomics @BestGirlGrace i think part of it is that roadrunner never shows any characterization at all. roadrunner is basically just a very strange bird. coyote, meanwhile, coyote is CONSTANTLY emoting. every single mistake he makes we read it all over his pained face

@irisjaycomics thanks for all the work. Up with egghead an outlier like me.

@irisjaycomics This reminded me of a couple of friends of mine who had Pepe and Penelope cake toppers at their wedding just to be a bit silly, which led to a bunch of folks giving them Pepe and Penelope housewarming gifts, which led to more people thinking they actively collected Pepe and Penelope memorabilia, and eventually they had a whole room full of it that they couldn't get rid of because "well, it was a gift."

They're divorced now.

@irisjaycomics Also if New Mexico was split with 33% of 3 votes, what was the third one which would also be 33%, by my reckoning?

I had considered answering for NM since that's where I grew up but the phrasing made it sound like I should answer based on where I live now.

@fluffy Oh my god, I tweeted about this but forgot to crosspost it here: Most weirdly, only three people in New Mexico voted and one of them voted for Mickey Mouse, who is a Disney character and therefore DOESN'T FRICKING COUNT. That's why Taz and the Roadrunner couldn't clinch 100% of the combined New Mexico tally.

@irisjaycomics Cartoon Network exists ENTIRELY because the Turner Network Television cartoon block did so well and they realized they were leaving money on the table by only limiting those to the occasional hour!

I mean, channel drift has seen most of the classic stuff and a LOT of mid-to-late-20th-century Hanna-Barbera chaff has been relocated to Boomerang, but hey, it's nice that there is somewhere that still actually regularly airs some gat-dang cartoons.

@Ferrovore heh, more like BOOMERang, am i right? no but seriously i'm glad they're still airing those somewhere

@irisjaycomics @Ferrovore boomerang was always my family's go-to channel when my parents needed us to just be quiet and watch tv for a while

@Ferrovore @irisjaycomics I'm old enough that Loony Tunes was my daily dose of culture on broadcast TV when I got home from school, on a UHF station that would later become a Fox affiliate (back before Fox was a broadcast network). That and The Brady Bunch.

@irisjaycomics If that's the cartoon I've seen a huge load of clips out of, there actually is a lot of little things, like Daffy admitting that white thing around his neck is his grandmother's pearl necklace, and Bugs and Daffy being roommates in the "oh my god they were roommates" sort of way.

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