Cartoonfanatic201 wrote:I find that very hard to believe because if you watched that video I posted a link to, all those things that were in the original show opening/closings would have been the DVD releases of the show if WB really restored it but instead, they used the changed opening/closings that were shown in the reruns of the show on CN and boomerang. those original opening/closings aren't publicly available on DVD or shown on TV anymore, so it's a rare glimpse on how the show originally aired that you probably won't see anywhere else.
The show, and the openings were filmed in color. But back then a lot of cities didn't even have three TV stations, and ABC was usually the odd network out, reduced to trying to get stations in those smaller markets to bump low-performing NBC or CBS shows once a night for one of their higher-rated series, even if it ran 3-4 days after it had aired in the larger markets. Because of that, and full ABC affiliates who for whatever reason weren't showing the episodes the night they went out over the coaxial cable, so called "bicycle prints" were struck in black & white, to be shipped to the affiliates to run on a time-delayed basis.
That's what you're seeing here, and what you saw in the B&W excerpts from "The Bugs Bunny Show" on the Golden Collections. Those were the B&W prints struck to be shipped out to the affiliates (since there was no point in ABC footing the bill for color negative prints if the affiliates only had B&W telecine equipment), and many of those prints have found there way into the collectors' markets. So what you're seeing it how viewers watching the show time-shifted back in 1960-62 saw it; if you were watching it in real time back then, there were a few things left out (such as the ABC Network identifier at the end of most of the B&W bicycle prints).