Cartoon of the Day: What’s Cookin’ Doc?

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What's Cookin' Doc?

What’s Cookin’ Doc?

Bob Clam­pett started off 1944 right with the release of the Mer­rie Melodies car­toon What’s Cookin’ Doc?. Bugs had risen to star sta­tus four short years, and here he was heady enough to think he was in line for an Oscar. It would be another 14 years before the rab­bit would get his own golden statue for Knighty Knight Bugs.

Bugs attends the Acad­emy Awards cer­e­mony. Fol­low­ing his impres­sions of Edward G. Robin­son, Jerry Colonna, Bing Crosby and Frankenstein’s mon­ster, he can’t believe it when he loses to James Cagney, so he cam­paigns in an effort to change vot­ers’ minds. Bugs demands that a movie clip be shown to prove he should win an Oscar.

Con­tains some live-action footage, mainly from 1937’s “A Star Is Born.” Also con­tains a few shots from 1941’s “Hiawatha’s Rab­bit Hunt,” iden­ti­fied here as “Lit­tle Hiawatha.”

Bugs (at least, his direc­tor, Friz Fre­leng) finally won an Oscar– for real– in 1958 for “Knighty Knight Bugs.”

Due to pres­sure from Warner Bros., this car­toon was one of 12 pulled at the last moment from rota­tion by the Car­toon Net­work for its 2001 “June Bugs” marathon, orig­i­nally planned as the first broad­cast of the com­plete chronol­ogy of Bugs Bunny car­toons. The rea­son given was that it included footage from “Hiawatha’s Rab­bit Hunt,” a car­toon Warner Bros. felt con­tained an offen­sive depic­tion of the Native Amer­i­can char­ac­ter Hiawatha.

This is the car­toon with the leg­endary “gay Bugs”! After appear­ing in drag as a fruit-salad-hatted Car­men Miranda, Bugs wins a gold “Booby Prize Oscar” (which resem­bles him greatly). Bugs hugs the Oscar and says, “I’ll even take you to bed wit’ me every night.” The award comes to life, say­ing (in a deep bass voice) “Do you mean it?”, gives Bugs a great big kiss… and puts his hands on his hips in a stereo­typ­i­cal gay pose.

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