Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
Aircraft manufacturing firm that had a plant in Burbank, not far from the Warner Brothers studio. It was said that during World War II, Jack Warner, concerned that Japanese bombers might mistake the studio for the plant, painted a sign on the roofs of the WB sound stages with an arrow and the message “Lockheed That-a-way”.
Lockheed is referred to in some wartime WB cartoons. The mother in Brother Brat (Tashlin, 1944) is a welder at “Blockheed”. Grandma has left a note for Red in Little Red Riding Rabbit (Freleng, 1944) that she is working the swing shift at Lockheed. The egg plant in Swooner Crooner (Tashlin, 1944) is named “Flockheed”. See also the references in the Avery MGM cartoons Big Heel-watha and Swing Shift Cinderella.