Yosemite Sam

Fudd may be a classic, but when it comes to bug’s nemesis i find Sam to be my favorite. Sam emerged as he would today in the bugs bunny short “Hare Trigger”. Though he is always remembered as a cowboy he had many other roles from sultan, to general, to pirate, to alien. Nothing about this guy bugs me like the fact that Yosemite is in California and he sounds like a Texan. Perhaps my favorite thing is that before they named him other names they considered were Wyoming Willie, Denver Dan, and Texas Tiny.

Long-Haired Hare

“Leopold!”

 

Bugs is just minding his own business out in the forest while singing some great songs. Unfortunately they annoy the opera singer Giovanni Jones. Mr. Jones destroys all of bug’s instruments and as bugs reminds us “You realize this means war.” One of the first bugs bunny shorts i saw when i was young i still think of it as one of my favorites. There’s one scene where Jones opens his mouth to sing and all we hear is bug’s trumpet. It gets me every time. Bugs also pulls another one of his feminine disguises and he looks really good. I would fall for it! The creme de la creme of the picture is when bugs disguises himself as Leopold stachowsky (i think that’s his last name) and makes jones hold a note for over 2 minutes. Every time i watch this i feel for him and it feels like i cant breath either. If you call yourself a fan of Bug’s and you have not seen this one you are an embarrassment to Looney tunes kind!

Rabbit Seasoning

“I would just love a duck dinner”

#2 of the hunting trilogy, i love this cartoon simply for its wonderful wordplay, bugs can get daffy to shoot himself. The story is simple Elmer is out hunting rabbits because its rabbit season. (or is it?) Daffy leads him to bugs and hilarity ensues. You really have to watch this one to fully appreciate it words don’t do it justice.

Baseball Bugs

“I’m only 93 and a half years old”

 

Its a baseball game and its pretty one sided. The teatotelers are against the gas house gorrillas and are being pwned. Spectater bugs yells that he could beat the gorrillas all by himself and they take him up on the challenge. Bugs proves to be very good at this and is able to win the game.(With a little help from the statue of liberty) This was the first looney tune i watched when i started to become a regular. It must have been fate as i find this to be one of the best bugs bunny shorts ever. There are many great gags like the literal bat boy, the hit thats so hard it sends a gorrilla to his grave, or the miss liberty saying the immortal words” Thats what the man said, you heard what he said, he said that!”

Bugs Bunny

Well how would you start a website about looney tunes?

Bugs got his start in the 1938 short “Porky’s Hare Hunt”. Here he was just a prototype and as such he had a completely different voice and a laugh that i find hysterical. However many people did not find it very well made because it was essentialy just a remake of the short “Porky’s duck hunt”. (if you guessed that, that cartoon was daffys debut then you win a cookie pizza) This prototype bugs returned in the cartoons “Presto chango”, “Hare-um Scare-um” Elmers candid camera” and a brief cameo in “Patient Porky”. His first real cartoon was the 1940 short “A Wild Hare” When he asked the immortal words “what’s up doc?” the audience loved him. Bugs did not have to evovle much to look like he does today, in fact he was pretty much the same as he is now albeit he had a deeper voice. Bugs would go on to star in over a 100 different cartoons and today he is a worldwide phenomenon. Next i will be talking about some of the cartoons he starred in. Until next time then.

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