I think that there is a serious core fan base, much like there is one for Woody Woodpecker and the Lantz cartoons as well of which i am both rabid fans of. Granted it is not as large as that for LT, but that could be from volume of output as well?
No, largely from T&J's image as Itchy & Scratchy, ie., seen as the "violent" slapstick cartoon that didn't have the pathos of Chuck Jones or the screwball wit of Tex Avery, or even the universal Keaton-ism to its falling anvils of Wile E. Coyote. Yes, there are some folks who see the "genius" in it (and I never found Woody remotely sympathetic, m'self), but it's a fringe even with animation buffs. Most go out of their way say how well animated, or well directed, the MGM studio era was, but you don't find most folks rushing to T&J's defense whenever stories what had to be censored come up--On that front, it wasn't exactly a martyr.
But with this way of thinking it makes one wonder if this “conscious of political correctness “ will follow over into the future LT platinum collections, are they to be absent of Foghorn Leghorn, clearly a Loudmouth Southern “Redneck” or Speedy Gonzales, because of what he may or may not represent.
No, and that's the point: LT is rescued by that indefinable quality called "wit", where the gags are slapstick enough, but the characters have enough personality to speak for themselves, and we identify with them. (Well, except for Speedy, of course, since Friz Freleng found ethnic stereotypes hilariously funny in and of themselves.) Consider for example that Bill & Joe stole...er, borrowed
all their old MGM players when the studio closed down to turn them into the first Hanna-Barbera characters (eg. Yogi = the dancing bear, Huck = Droopy's slow-drawling wolf, The Flintstones = "The First Texas Badman", etc.), turned the cat-and-mouse battle into the Pixie & Dixie cartoons, and...well, admit it, who do you just end up sympathizing with more, Tom, or Mr. Jinks?
In a week after “Hollywood’s biggest night” and they are all ready to pat each other on the back and honor their Award recipient’s, just a note to WB, Tom and Jerry won 7 Oscars that is 6 more Oscars than Bugs Bunny, maybe that is why the snub
4 more, if you're talking about Warner/Looney in general. (Everybody always leaves out "Birds Anonymous" and "For Scent-imental Reasons".)