Bully for Bugs

“Booby trap”

This is how all bull fights should be. The real ones are so inhumane. Its a good thing Bugs showed us how to do it. Still, real bulls would die if they smashed into anvils, swallowed guns, and got blown up in a Rube Golberg device. This bull is a wonderful enemy for Bugs because he could never call his other enemies “nin-cow-poops”, “im-bess-ils,” or “gull-i-bulls”. If you have not seen this one you cant say you enjoy Looney Tunes.

Personal Rating: 4

High Diving Hare

“I hate you”

Here’s a wonderful cartoon. I say that about every Looney Tune but the beauty of this one is the fact there is only one gag. At a carnival house Bugs informs the audience that fearless Freep the high diver will be unable to perform. Sam is angered at this and tries to force bugs into diving, as expected though, bugs tricks Sam into doing it each time. If I had to point out a flaw in this short, it would be that as Bugs and Sam climb the ladder the first time, they end up on the other side at one point. I guess that was so we could see them better, but it sill bothers me. My favorite part though is when Sam finds Bugs has constructed a door to keep Sam from pushing him off and Sam yells “Open up that door!” then he turns to the camera and adds “You notice I didn’t say Richard?” (“Open the door Richard” was a popular song at the time)

Personal Rating: 4

Yosemite Sam

Fudd may be a classic, but when it comes to Bug’s nemeses, 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 tuba. 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 Stokowsky, and makes Jones hold a note for over 2 minutes. Every time i watch this i feel for him, and it feels like I can’t breath either. If you call yourself a fan of Bugs and you have not seen this one, you are an embarrassment to Looney Tunes kind!

Personal Rating: 4

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.

Personal Rating: 5

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 Gorillas and are being pwned. Spectator Bugs yells that he could beat the Gorillas 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 that’s so hard it sends a Gorilla to his grave, or Miss Liberty saying the immortal words “That’s what the man said, you heard what he said, he said that!”

Personal Rating: 4

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 essentially just a remake of the short “Porky’s duck hunt”. (If you guessed that that cartoon was Daffy’s debut then you win a cookie pizza) This prototype bugs returned in the cartoons “Presto Chango”, “Hare-um Scare-um” Elmer’s 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 evolve 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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