Looking for Looney Tunes

Another day in Manchester over the weekend and this time I was on the Looney Tunes art trail. Now to be honest until last week I’d never heard of Space Jam and hadn’t a clue what it was supposed to be but apparently it was the first full-length film produced by Warner Brothers featuring a combination of human actors and well known Looney Tunes cartoon characters.
To celebrate 25 years since its 1996 release, and ahead of the new Space Jam film coming to cinema screens next month, several Looney Tunes characters have been painted in different locations around the city by street artist Captain Kris in collaboration with Warner Bros. UK and Manchester Business Improvement District, and for those with smart phones each piece of art includes a QR code (whatever that is) leading to a virtual map of the trail.
Now, I don’t have a smart phone and nor do I want one, so I had the fun of seeking out these artworks for myself. Armed with a list of characters and locations and the street knowledge gained from many hours spent roaming round the city centre over the last few months I set off from Victoria Station with my first stop being inside the Printworks where I found Bugs Bunny, Marvin the Martian, and Daffy Duck.
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Next on the list was Daffy Duck at the nearby Exchange Square tram stop but I wasn’t sure if he would actually be there. The art trail only officially opened last Wednesday but a report in the Manchester Evening News on Thursday said that Daffy had already vanished – apparently he had been mistakenly removed by a council cleaning team. Luckily the artist had reinstated him fairly quickly and there he was, on one of the platform’s central pillars.
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Round at the top end of Market Street I found Bugs Bunny popping out through the front wall of Primark then over in the NQ I found Marvin the Martian and Lola Bunny on the front of a pizza restaurant in Edge Street. A short walk through the streets took me to the Pen And Pencil bar where Porky Pig was doing battle with a leaking pipe on the outside wall then I found Sylvester stalking Tweety Pie round the corner of 111 Piccadilly. 
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Next on the list was another Bugs Bunny in Canal Street then a walk to Circle Square found Wile E. Coyote chasing Road Runner round Symphony Park. A short walk from there took me to First Street where I found the Tasmanian Devil bursting out through the wall of Junkyard Golf then another short walk found the Looney Tunes gang skateboarding through Deansgate Square.
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After another visit to Castlefield across the main road (more of that in a future post) I had quite a trek along Deansgate to look for Speedy Gonzales somewhere in Spinningfields. He took some finding as Spinningfields is a big area – 23 acres apparently – and just like the website details for the flower installation at Deansgate Square earlier this month the location details for finding Speedy bore no relation to where he actually was. Thanks to a patrolling security guy who knew what I was talking about I finally found him sliding down the rail at the top of some steps and I got my last Looney Tunes photo – that was it, I’d found them all.
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According to the website the Looney Tunes art trail actually started with Speedy Gonzales and finished with the characters in the Printworks so technically I’d done it the wrong way round but it didn’t matter in the slightest; I’d been to all eleven locations and happily I’d found all the characters. Making my way back to Victoria Station I popped into a cafe in the Royal Exchange Arcade for a coffee and a snack then stopped off in the Corn Exchange for a quick bit of photography there before catching the train back home – after almost five hours walking round the city centre it was definitely time for a rest.

8 thoughts on “Looking for Looney Tunes

  1. Well done on finding all the characters, they are all excellent paintings. I don’t have a smart phone either and see those QR code things popping up in many places now but I would imagine it’s more fun searching out the cartoon characters your way.

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  2. I wouldn’t know what a QR code looks like, or even what QR stands for, but I can only assume that they must somehow be embedded in the paintings as there was nothing obvious anywhere. The artworks were certainly very well done though it made me smile when I read about Daffy Duck being cleaned off just days after being painted. Thanks to my recently gained knowledge of the streets I knew the best way to get from one to another and it was fun going round finding them all 🙂

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  3. What a great set of images – but how on earth can a council team “accidentally” remove one of them?

    You must have been cream-crackered after such an excursion.

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  4. I suppose it maybe comes down to who owns a particular property and if it’s council owned and in a prominent place like the tram stop then any ‘graffiti’ will be routinely cleaned off. Maybe the council cleaning team weren’t aware that Daffy was part of a project as not everyone knows about it – or maybe they just didn’t like Daffy 🙂 🙂

    After three months of regularly trekking round the city centre I’m getting used to it so I wasn’t particularly cream-crackered on this one – my second day round the flower show was seven hours and about 9 miles 🙂

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  5. I suppose it depends how detailed a picture is – a simple one won’t take long where others could take a couple of days. I’d never heard of this particular artist until now but his work is certainly very good.

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