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Gossamer (also called Rudolph) is a character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.

Background

Official Description

The character is often seen a hairy, red monster, although in The Looney Tunes Show, he was more of an orange tone in color. His rectangular body is perched on two giant tennis shoes, and his face is composed of only two oval-shaped eyes and a wide mouth, with two hulking arms ending in dirty, clawed fingers. The monster's main trait, however, is his orange hair. In fact, a gag in the 1980 short "Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century" lampoons this by revealing that Gossamer is, in fact, composed entirely of hair.

Development

Voice

Characterization

Personality

Physical appearance

Powers and abilities

History

The director Chuck Jones introduced the monster character in the 1946 short "Hair-Raising Hare". In it, Bugs Bunny is lured to the lair of Dr. Lorre who wants to use the rabbit for his experiments. The monster serves as the scientist's henchman, trying desperately to capture Bugs. This plot was then repeated in the 1952 Jones short "Water, Water Every Hare" (here called "Rudolph").

The monster would remain dormant for many decades until Jones used the character once more in "Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century" in 1980. This is the first cartoon where the character is called "Gossamer." Gossamer is unusual in the sense that unlike most Looney Tunes characters who were unnamed during their debut and later given their names during the classic shorts era, Gossamer was given his name years after the classic shorts era.

He was in a 1990 episode of Tiny Toon Adventures ("Duck Treck"), and he appears briefly in the 1996 movie Space Jam. He is also featured in a number of episodes of The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries.

In recent years, Warner Bros. marketers seem to have seized upon the character. Gossamer's image is available on all sorts of Warners merchandise, from T-shirts to ballcaps to plush toys. This sort of marketing helped propel the Tasmanian Devil to newfound stardom, and it is seemingly helping Gossamer's popularity to some extent. It remains unclear whether Gossamer will become one of the more popular Looney Tunes characters.

A clip in the deleted scenes featurette on the Looney Tunes: Back in Action DVD features Gossamer being harassed by Kate Houghton, suggesting that Gossamer was planned to make an appearance in the film, but it was deleted. However, a full look at this scene is not shown in the full deleted scenes clips on the DVD-ROM.

He starred in the 52-episode series The Looney Tunes Show, voiced by Kwesi Boakye. He is portrayed as the young son of Witch Lezah.

Appearances

Shorts

Hair-Raising Hare

Water, Water Every Hare

Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century

Television

Tiny Toon Adventures

Tiny Toons' Night Ghoulery

The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries

The Looney Tunes Show

Films

Space Jam

Looney Tunes: Back in Action

Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas

Online shows

Looney Tunes Webtoons

Printed media

Miscellaneous books

Comic books

Video games

Theme Parks

Relationships

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Warner Bros. Entertainment Wiki has an article focusing on the relationships of Gossamer.

Quotes

WARNER BROS. WIKI LOGO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Wiki has a collection of quotes said by Gossamer.

Gallery

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Warner Bros. Entertainment Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Gossamer.

Filmography

WARNER BROS. WIKI LOGO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Wiki has a listing of the appearances by Gossamer.

Trivia

Notes

  • Despite being named Rudolph in "Water, Water Every Hare", he was widely known as The Tennis-Shoe Monster until being renamed Gossamer in 1980.

References


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Franchises: Show-logo-looneyTunesMerrie Melodies logo

Shorts:
Television: The Bugs Bunny ShowThe Porky Pig ShowThe Road Runner ShowThe Merrie Melodies ShowSylvester and TweetyThe Daffy Duck ShowThe Daffy/Speedy ShowLooney Tunes on NickelodeonMerrie Melodies Starring Bugs Bunny and FriendsThat's Warner Bros.!Bugs N' Daffy
Feature Films: The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner MovieThe Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny MovieBugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit TalesDaffy Duck's Fantastic IslandDaffy Duck's QuackbustersSpace JamThe Looney Tunes Hall of FameLooney Tunes: Back in Action
Specials: Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie GhouliesCarnival of the AnimalsBugs Bunny's Easter FunniesBugs Bunny in SpaceBugs Bunny's Howl-o-Ween SpecialA Connecticut Rabbit in King Arthur's CourtBugs Bunny's ValentineBugs Bunny's Looney Christmas TalesHow Bugs Bunny Won the WestThe Bugs Bunny Mother's Day SpecialBugs Bunny's Thanksgiving DietDaffy Duck's Easter SpecialBugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All OverThe Bugs Bunny Mystery SpecialDaffy Duck's Thanks-For-Giving SpecialBugs Bunny: All American HeroBugs Bunny's Mad World of TelevisionAn Ounce of PreventionBugs vs. Daffy: Battle of the Music Video StarsBugs Bunny's Wild World of SportsHappy Birthday Bugs! 50 Looney YearsBugs Bunny's Overtures to DisasterBugs Bunny's Creature FeaturesBugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes

Characters
Main characters: Barnyard DawgBeaky BuzzardBugs BunnyCecil TurtleCharlie DogClaude CatDaffy DuckElmer FuddFoghorn LeghornGossamerGrannyHector the BulldogHenery HawkHippety HopperHubie and BertieLola BunnyMac and ToshMarc Anthony and PussyfootMarvin the MartianMichigan J. FrogMiss PrissyPenelope PussycatPepé Le PewPete PumaPorky PigRalph WolfRoad RunnerSam SheepdogSpeedy GonzalesSylvesterSylvester Jr.TazThe CrusherTweety BirdWile E. CoyoteWitch HazelYosemite Sam

Minor characters: Blacque Jacque ShellacqueBoskoThe CrusherGiovanni JonesYoyo DodoTasmanian She-DevilMelissa DuckHugo the Abominable SnowmanSpike and ChesterNasty CanastaThe GremlinPrivate SnafuPetunia PigPlayboy PenguinShropshire SlasherCount BloodcountMama BuzzardColonel ShuffleEgghead Jr.Owl JolsonToro the BullRocky and MugsyMinah BirdInkiBeansLittle KittyHam And ExOliver OwlPiggyGabby GoatBuddyHoneySlowpoke RodriguezThe Three BearsFoxyK-9A. FleaSnifflesConstruction WorkerFrisky PuppyRalph MouseHoney BunnyRoxyThe Martin BrothersRalph PhillipsClyde BunnyFauntleroy FlipDr. I.Q. HiGruesome GorillaSloppy MoeHatta MariBusinessmanThe WeaselWiloughbyThe Two Curious PuppiesCool CatBabbit and CatstelloInstant MartiansBobo the ElephantColonel RimfireSmokey The GenieJose and ManuelMerlin the Magic Mouse and Second BananaConrad the CatAngus MacRoryBanty RoosterThree Little PigsTom TurkeyGoopy GeerNelly the GiraffeAla BahmaDr. LorreCottontail SmithBunny and ClaudeClaude HopperThe Hep CatThe Drunk StorkThe CatSinging CatSouthern SheriffOld Woman's CanaryOld Woman's CatBluebeardPorky's Drunken FriendsOld WomanLittle Red Riding Hood's Grandma • Little Red Riding Hood (Little Red Walking Hood/Little Red Riding Rabbit/Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears) • Goldilocks (The Bear's Tale/Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears) • The CrowKing ArthurKing Arthur's Knights

Studios
Warner Bros. CartoonsDePatie-Freleng EnterprisesFormat FilmsChuck Jones EnterprisesReel FX
People
Dave BarryWarren BatchelderMel BlancTed BonnicksenArthur Q. BryanBill ButlerBob ClampettRuss DysonMilt FranklynFriz FrelengManny GouldGeorge GrandpreKen HarrisHugh HarmanRochelle HudsonRudolf IsingUb IwerksChuck JonesCarman MaxwellNorman McCabeChuck McKimsonRobert McKimsonTom McKimsonWillian LavaLou LillyMichael MalteseTedd PierceHawley PrattTom RayVirgil RossLeon SchlesingerRob ScribnerEddie SelzerCarl StallingLarry Storch
Music/Songs
A Hot Time in the Old Town TonightWhistle and Blow Your Blues AwayI Think You're DuckyThe Merry-Go-Round Broke DownMerrily We Roll Along
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DC Comics: JokerLex LuthorDeathstroke
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Warner Bros. Cartoons: The CrowBeaky BuzzardBluebeardRocky and MugsyYosemite SamElmer FuddMarvin the MartianWile E. CoyoteGossamerThe CrusherWitch HazelToro the Bull
Animated Productions
Animated films: RuberMr. SwackhammerKent MansleyThraxLord BusinessHunterKralahomeDrakeDarla DimpleRockyKing SalazarQueen GnorgaKing LlortMouse KingMouse Queen

Animated television: MandarkSnowballDelightful Children From Down The LaneRed GuyMojo JojoHIMFuzzy LumpkinsThe Gangreen GangFatherTerrenceKing SandyJokerLex LuthorAlexander Luthor Jr.DeathstrokeBlackfireMr. FreezeMr. FizzPrincess MorbucksThe Rowdyruff BoysMr. BossCree LincolnChad DicksonQueen Tyr'ahneeHella, Ramona and AngelicaWinifred ChanticleerNew CadetDrake DarkstarArchduke ZagCounselor DishCatapoidsSinestroRona VipraGeorgiaHelgaEmiliaMartian CenturionCaptain LongThe FuddMartian Commander X-2QuackerCrazy Robot

Live-action Productions
Live-action films: Léon RomMr. ChairmanJokerLex LuthorDeathstrokeLord VoldemortQuirinus QuirrellNaginiThe BasiliskThe Mountain TrollThe Hungarian HorntailDolores UmbridgeDraco MalfoyLucius MalfoyShang TsungFulton GreenwayDorian TyrellThomas GriffinThe Grand High WitchJack TorranceOliver PorterPennywisePazuzu
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Mr. Chairman


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Bugs Bunny | Lola Bunny | Daffy Duck | Porky Pig | Michael Jordan | Elmer Fudd | Sylvester the Cat | Tweety | Tasmanian Devil | Mr. Swackhammer | The Nerdlucks | Yosemite Sam | Granny | Foghorn Leghorn | Marvin the Martian | Stanley Podolak | Wile E. Coyote | Road Runner | Pepé Le Pew | Speedy Gonzales | Sylvester Junior | Pete Puma | Toro the Bull | Henery Hawk | Porky's Drunken Friends | Hector the Bulldog | Gruesome Gorilla | The Crusher | Mama Buzzard | Witch Hazel | Three Bears | The Martin Brothers | Spike and Chester | Sniffles | Rocky and Mugsy | Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot | Ala Bahma | Angus MacRory | Barnyard Dawg | Beaky Buzzard | Bobo the Elephant | Slowpoke Rodriguez | The Weasel | Little Red Riding Hood | Michigan J. Frog | Charlie Dog | Cecil Turtle | Claude Cat | Giovanni Jones | Gossamer | Owl Jolson | Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog | Hippety Hopper | Angus MacRory | Juanita Jordan | Jeffery Jordan | Marcus Jordan | Jasmine Jordan | James Jordan | Jordan's Housekeeper | Bill Murray | Larry Bird
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Theme Song | Fly Like an Eagle | The Winner | I Believe I Can Fly | Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem) | I Found My Smile Again | For You I Will | Upside Down ('Round-N-'Round) | Givin' U All That I've Got | Basketball Jones | I Turn to You | All of My Days | That's the Way (I Like It) | Buggin'
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Moron Mountain | Looney Tune Land | The Tune Stadium | Schlesinger Gym
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Shows: Tiny Toon AdventuresThe Plucky Duck ShowPinky, Elmyra & the Brain

Film and Specials: How I Spent My VacationSpring BreakTiny Toons' Night Ghoulery

Video games: 1991 LCD video game1991 NES video gameCartoon WorkshopBabs' Big BreakTrouble in WackylandMontana's Movie MadnessBuster's Hidden TreasureBuster Busts Loose!Cancelled Atari Jaguar video gameWacky Sports ChallengeACME All-StarsBuster and the BeanstalkThe Great BeanstalkToonensteinPlucky's Big AdventureBuster Saves the DayDizzy's Candy QuestWacky StackersBuster's Bad DreamDefenders of the Universe (cancelled)

Characters
Main characters: Buster BunnyBabs BunnyPlucky DuckHamton J. PigDizzy DevilShirley the LoonFurrballSweetie BirdLittle BeeperCalamity CoyoteLi'l SneezerFifi La FumeElmyra DuffMontana MaxTyrone Turtle

Looney Tunes guest stars: Bugs BunnyDaffy DuckTweetySylvesterTasmanian DevilWile E. CoyoteMichigan J. Frog

Perfecto Prep alumni: Roderick RatRhubella RatDanforth Drake

Other villains: Duck VaderDr. Gene SplicerSilas WonderGotcha GrabmoreMr. HitcherTupelo ToadSandy Witch

Other notable characters: Ralph the GuardCooper DaVilleMelvin the MonsterMitziRoverMarcia the MartianGrovellySteven SpielbergBanjo the PossumJohnny PewOrson Whales

Episodes
Season 1: "The Looney Beginning" • "A Quack in the Quarks" • "The Wheel o' Comedy" • "Test Stressed" • "The Buster Bunny Bunch" • "Her Wacky Highness" • "Hollywood Plucky" • "Journey to the Center of Acme Acres" • "It's Buster Bunny Time" • "Stuff That Goes Bump in the Night" • "Looking Out for the Little Guy" • "Starting from Scratch" • "Citizen Max" • "Hare Raising Night" • "Furrball Follies" • "The Acme Acres Zone" • "Life in the 90's" • "Rock 'n' Roar" • "Prom-ise Her Anything" • "Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow" • "Cinemaniacs!" • "You Asked for It" • "Gang Busters" • "Wake Up Call of the Wild" • "Buster and the Wolverine" • "You Asked for It, Part II" • "Europe in 30 Minutes" • "The Wacko World of Sports" • "Rainy Daze" • "Fields of Honey" • "Sawdust and Toonsil" • "Spring in Acme Acres" • "Psychic Fun-Omenon Day" • "The Wide World of Elmyra" • "A Ditch in Time" • "Animaniacs!" • "Career Oppor-Toon-ities" • "Strange Tales of Weird Science" • "Inside Plucky Duck" • "The Acme Bowl" • "Dating, Acme Acres Style" • "Looniversity Daze" • "Best 'o Plucky Duck Day" • "Hero Hamton" • "Whale's Tales" • "Ask Mr. Popular" • "Son of Looniversity Daze" • "Mr. Popular's Rules of Cool" • "Fairy Tales for the 90's" • "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?" • "Tiny Toons Music Television" • "The Return to the Acme Acres Zone" • "The Acme Home Shopping Show" • "Weirdest Stories Ever Told" • "Viewer Mail Day" • "Son of the Wacko World of Sports" • "Pollution Solution" • "You Asked for It, Again" • "Brave Tales of Real Rabbits" • "How Sweetie It Is" • "New Character Day" • "Here's Hamton" • "No Toon is an Island" • "K-ACME TV" • "High Toon"

Season 2: "Pledge Week" • "Going Places" • "Elephant Issues" • "Hog-Wild Hamton" • "Playtime Toons" • "Toon Physics" • "Acme Cable TV" • "Buster and Babs Go Hawaiian" • "Henny Youngman Day" • "Love Disconnection" • "Kon Ducki" • "Sepulveda Boulevard" • "Take Elmyra, Please"

Season 3: "Thirteensomething" • "New Class Day" • "Fox Trot" • "What Makes Toons Tick" • "Flea for Your Life" • "The Return of Batduck" • "Toons Take Over" • "Toons from the Crypt" • "Two-Tone Town" • "Buster's Directorial Debut" • "Washingtoon" • "Toon TV" • "Grandma's Dead" • "Music Day" • "The Horror of Slumber Party Mountain" • "Sports Shorts" • "Weekday Afternoon Live" • "A Cat's Eye View" • "Best of Buster Day" • "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toon Christmas Special"

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Acme AcresAcme LooniversityWackylandMontana Max's mansion
See also
AnimaniacsPinky and the BrainFreakazoid!Histeria!


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