Bugs Bunny gets the Boid

“Shh. I’m a-stalking a victim.”

Its Beaky Buzzard’s debut and he is sent by his mother to get food for dinner. (While she stays home and does who knows what) Beaky wants no part of this, but his mom kicks him out saying to at least get a rabbit. (We all know where this is heading) The Snerd bird sees Bugs and grabs him. Bugs says he must shower first, but Beaky catches on. He leaps into the hole only to find Bugs dressed as a woman. Bugs smacks him with his towel and runs. Beaky catches him and flies off. Bugs rips out one of his feathers and tickles him into letting go. Bugs lands in front of a skeleton and mistakes it for his own. On seeing his feet he realizes he is okay. He goes off but Beaky grabs him. They dance and Bugs puts him in front of the skeleton. Beaky calls for his mom and she is ticked. Bugs reveals that her “leetle keeler” is fine and she declares him a hero instead!

Personal Rating: 4

Feed the Kitty

“Don’t you dare bring one more thing into this house!”

A little kitten comes across a big dog. He tries to frighten her, but she treats him as her bed. Falling for her Marc Antony takes her with him to her new home. The mistress of the house decides the dog has enough material objects and warns him to not bring in anymore things. So now he must try to keep the kitten hidden. This lady never stops moving and frequently runs into it. Puppy has to pass it off as a toy and a powder puff just to keep it safe. When she comes into the kitchen he hides it in the flour bin. Wouldn’t you know it, she is about to make cookies. He tries to save her but the mistress throws him out. Unbeknownst to him, his kitty crawls out of the bowl but not before he thinks she has been beaten, rolled out, cut into shapes, and baked. The dog is reduced to a blubbering wreck and the woman tries to cheer him up with a cat shaped cookie. (seriously, who makes cookies shaped like cats?) He puts it on his back and cries but surprise! She’s alive! The woman finally gets wise and says if he takes care of it, he can keep it. A happy ending for all.

Rating: 5

Hair-Raising Hare

“Did you ever get the feeling you was being watched?”

You can probably tell from the title that Gossamer is in this one. He is and it’s his first appearance. Bugs is being watched by a Peter Lorre scientist who is trying to lure him into his lair to be the monsters dinner. He succeeds with a female rabbit decoy. “You don’t need to lock that door mac, I don’t want to leave” Bugs coyly remarks. Upon realizing he has been had, he tries to bid a hasty retreat, but Gossy won’t let him go that easily and what happens is a romp around the castle. Gossamer is a particularly nasty foe and Bugs has to dispose of him not one, but three times. Its a great short in a place where lamps dance, rabbits become manicurists, monsters are scared of people, and where the pictures watch your every move.

Personal Rating: 4

Fast and Furry-ous

“Beep-beep!”

Chuck Jones said that every Roadrunner cartoon would consist of 11 gags that would lead to a big finish. Since every one has the same plot, I will detail them in uh… detail, starting with the first one ever, this one. So (spoilers ahead) if you don’t want to know how it ends, don’t read. We start with a bunch of signs telling us the title of the short. Something zooms by ripping them out of the ground. We freeze-frame to see its a roadrunner (Acelerati incredibulis). Panning over, we see he is being watched by a predator, a coyote (Carnivorus vulgaris). He grabs some untensils and gives chase. The bird sees him and gives a burst of speed leaving the canine in the dust. Shocked at the speed, he decides to use strategy. First he holds up a pot lid. The r.r. stops short and seeing the c. he runs off. C. throws the lid down in frustration and begins to chase, but at the last second the r.r. returns and holds the lid up. C. crashes into it. Next he throws a boomerang and immediately gets hit by one thrown by the r.r. It runs off and c begins to chase, only to get hit with the one he originally threw. A school girl disguise doesn’t fool the bird and his rocket just fires him up into a cliff. Pulling a key stone out from under a rock just causes it to fall on him and a fake tunnel keeps turning real and fake again. He tries a detonator that just explodes in his face and tries his first acme product (a super suit) which was probably for fun only. He tries an easy to ski snow trail, but it just causes him to fall off a cliff. Next trying rocket shoes he nearly catches his prey but they short out just as he is about to reach it. He decides to take the shortcut. Hiding behind a rock he hears a beep sound and jumps into the road and is immediately hit by a bus. However he did hear the bird…it was riding in the back seat.

Personal Rating: 4

Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears

“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed, and here he is, still been sleeping in my bed.”

Once upon a time there were 3 bears and… whoa deja-vu. I swear I said this stuff before. Better stop just to be on the safe side. We find our ursine family being hungry when Henry gets an idea. They’ll lure Goldilocks home so they can fest on her flesh. (Well, they ARE bears.) But from the moment that Ma says they have no porridge and only carrots with which to make carrot soup, the title makes perfect sense. Bugs proceeds to carry out the story but can’t fool Ma who is ready to clobber him. He romances her and she falls for him, and now he can’t get rid of her. He also has to worry about Henry and Jr. who are still intent on having rabbit for dinner. Warner bros. did good work spoofing fairy tales. This, of course, is one of their better ones. The humor even continues after the iris out. (Briefly)

Personal Rating: 4

Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century

“Can you do it, Dodgers?”

This is probably the longest title for a Looney Tune made in the golden age. (Its sequel is longer.) And don’t worry, if you forget what you are watching, the short keeps reminding us. I’m sure everyone has seen this one. I mean, George Lucas showed it in certain theaters when “Star Wars” came out, and a clip appears in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” The plot is that in the 24th and a half century, the shaving cream atom (aludium fozdex) is alarmingly low. The only remaining source is on Planet X and Daffy and Marvin are both trying to claim it for their planets. For once, Daffy actually wins this battle but as Porky says, it’s not really a big deal. The fighting has only left a football sized planet left. Also interesting is the fact that this is the only short where Marvin did not appear with Bugs. (He really should have appeared more.)

Personal Rating: 5

The Scarlet Pumpernickel

“I’m simply furious!”

If there’s one thing I love, it’s seeing a whole lot of cartoon characters that aren’t usually together, together. That’s why I love this cartoon. It has a great cast: Porky, Daffy, Sylvester, Ma Bear, Henery hawk, and Elmer Fudd. (Interestingly, Fudd was voiced by Mel Blanc, I have no idea why) The humor here doesn’t disappoint either. Its just as funny as any other Looney Tune. I think I’ve talked about greedy Daffy enough. Its time I moved to my favorite version of him, Daffy Daffy!

Personal Rating: 4

Scaredy Cat

“Welcome to our new home, Sylvester”

Yeah, I probably should have talked about the putty tat before this, but it can wait for another time. This happens to be the first time the name was used. Porky and Sylvester were great together and this is no exception. Finding them in a house that’s full of mice that want to kill them for no apparent reason. Sylvester must protect the clueless Porky from all the dangers. It’s always nice to see a time where Sylvester is not a bully or an idiot. Here he’s a coward who just wants to protect his master and his own skin. This is my favorite role for him.

Personal Rating: 4

Duck Amuck

“Ain’t I a stinker?”

Isn’t that just typical? I finally talk about one of Daffy’s cartoons and Bugs manages to sneak in. Anyways, in my opinion this cartoon never starts. Now don’t start, I don’t want to hear it. I just mean that Daffy never gets to play the part he intended to. He is stuck being the butt of the unseen artists jokes. I’m pretty sure that this is the first Daffy short I saw, and to this day, it’s still one of my personal favorites. In fact I’m pretty sure its the number 2 cartoon of all time. ( I cant remember the first. Perhaps “What’s opera doc?”)

Personal Rating: 5

The Rabbit of Seville

“Next.”

Now if there’s one thing I love, it’s Looney Tunes set to classical music. Here we have the “Barber of Seville” and unlike other cartoons, where the antics are just set to the music, this one has Bugs and Elmer actually performing along.

If you watch and pay close attention, you will find that in one scene, Bugs has 4 fingers and a thumb. This is because he is drumming out the music on Fudd’s head. As a final note, this cartoon shows us that Elmer may have been bothered about his baldness.