While noodling through Wikipedia, catching up on my notable deaths, I saw one for a 92 year old lady whom I had never heard of. The link there was about something called the “Sleepy Lagoon Murder” in 1942. The lady, I gathered, was an activist in the defense of the case. I had never heard of this incident of anti-Mexican bias in a murder investigation before, even though I try to keep well studied in famous murder cases.
Interesting enough, except that the name Sleepy Lagoon seemed familiar to me somehow. With some musing, it came to me. I remember a Daffy Duck cartoon where Daffy plays an agent who torments Porky Pig, a show producer, to hire his client: a short, slow-acting duck named Sleepy Lagoon. Sleepy Lagoon spends the entire cartoon licking a giant lollipop until the end when he breaks into a baritone singing voice, and then is overcome with a hacking coughing fit.
Sleepy Lagoon never appeared in another Warner Brothers cartoon that I know of. But still, naming a one-off character after a controversial murder case? How very South Park-esque. I wouldn’t expect that in a Forties cartoon, not even from Warner Brothers.