Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
A parody of Pathé, whose symbol was a French rooster -- the company was originally French -- who supplied newsreels for Warner Brothers. Warners eventually purchased the newsreel operations in 1947, shutting them down in 1956.
Parodies using this gag and similar gags can be seen in Buddy’s Theater (Hardaway, 1935), Tokio Jokio (McCabe, 1943) and others. Porky’s Snooze Reel (Clampett/McCabe, 1941) uses the rooster logo in conjunction with the slogan “The Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat of the World”, a play on the slogan of Paramount News. The Hole Idea (McKimson, 1955) uses a Warner Pathé newsreel.