Most modern audiences don’t realize that Looney Toons was originally produced in 1939. Even those in the know often assume that meant it was watched by children at home, but it was a different world back then- A world before television and even youtube.
In the late 30s, cartoons were not considered a child’s medium. Looney Toons itself was screened theatrically, or at rallies attended by thousands. Above we see Coyote and Roadrunner screened at the Fuddeodrome, a massive outdoor theater constructed just for the popular cartoons.
Tickets to the Fuddeodrome cost 5 cents, or adjusted for inflation, $750. A common family would only get to attend once or twice a year, often on Christmas, for which the crowd was massive as depicted above in this daguerreotype. Note also the uniformity and dark garb of those in attendance. This is unique to Christmas 1941 in mourning for the death of popular Looney Toons character Brian Griffin.