Tag Archives: Bugs Bunny

Cartoon of the Day: Ali Baba Bunny

Ali Baba Bunny

Ali Baba Bunny

A short so funny we could make it a car­toon of the week, Ali Baba Bunny released on this date in 1957. One of the clas­sic Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny pair­ings, this one also included the run­ning gag about “I knew I should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque…”

After a goofed up left turn at Albu­querque (on their way to Pismo Beach), Bugs and Daffy end up in Ali Baba’s treasure-filled cave. Has­san Chop!

The end is absolutely hilar­i­ous! If you haven’t seen this one in a while, it is worth a watch again today on BCDB!

Cartoon of the Day: Hurdy-Gurdy Hare

Hurdy-Gurdy Hare

Hurdy-Gurdy Hare

Robert McKim­son paired Bugs Bunny with Grue­some Gorilla in 1950 for Hurdy-Gurdy Hare. Any­time Bugs got to play against the Gorilla it was fun, and this film was no excep­tion. Seen it? Watch it today if it has been a while, or you need a good laugh or three!

Bugs buys a hurdy-gurdy and a mon­key so that he can enter the music busi­ness, but the mon­key rips him off.

Cartoon of the Day: Hare Do

Hare Do

Hare Do

From 1949, Hare Do is one of the great Bugs Bunny-Elmer Fudd meet­ings. Directed by Isadore Fre­leng, the short was ani­mated by Ken Champin, Vir­gil Ross, Gerry Chiniquy and Manuel Perez, this short has a sur­prise char­ac­ter in addi­tion to the two stars.

Another clas­sic episode as Elmer chases Bugs into a the­ater and ends up being the main attrac­tion and the main course for a lion.

A paint­ing in the the­ater is appar­ently of a nude lady! (How­ever, there’s not much detail.)

The last car­toon where Bugs is seen sit­ting on The Warner Bros. Shield and then he pulls it down.

Cartoon of the Day: Gorilla My Dreams

Cartoon of the Day: Gorilla My Dreams

Car­toon of the Day: Gorilla My Dreams

One of the clas­sic Bugs Bunny car­toons, Gorilla My Dreams was also one of direc­tor Robert McKimson’s finest. Known mainly for cre­at­ing the Tas­man­ian Devil and Foghorn Leghorn, McKim­son made a few clas­sic Bugs films, too, includ­ing this one.

Bugs lands in “Bingzi-Bangzi, Land Of Fero­cious Apes,” where a lady gorilla whose hubby hates kids takes him as her own.

Remade in 1959 as “Apes Of Wrath.

Grue­some Gorilla’s first appearance.

Cartoon of the Day: Rabbit Hood

Rabbit Hood

Rab­bit Hood

The day before Christ­mas, and all through BCDB, not a crea­ture was stir­ring because they were all watch­ing Rab­bit Hood. You wouldn’t think a whole lot of good car­toons were released on Decem­ber 24th, but you would be wrong… Rab­bit Hood is just one of them!

Sher­wood For­est is stud­ded with “No Poach­ing” signs– “Not even an egg!” Bunny tries to swipe a car­rot from the king’s car­rot patch, but is caught crimson-fisted by the Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham. Just then, a goofy Lit­tle John announces, “Don’t you worry, never fear, Robin Hood will soon be here!” Robin doesn’t appear (the film’s run­ning gag), so Bugs announces, “Lo, the king approacheth!”

As the sher­iff bows for the king, Bugs bops him and runs. The sher­iff chases Bugs around the king’s Royal Ground, where the rab­bit imi­tates a real estate sales­man and sells the sher­iff the land. The flim-flam works so well that the sher­iff is build­ing the sec­ond story of a house before he finally gets wise. The sher­iff cor­ners Bugs, who com­i­cally intro­duces Lit­tle John to him. Next, Bugs pre­tends that the king is com­ing; this time, he dis­guises him­self as His High­ness and bestows knight­hood on the sheriff.

Bob­bing him with his staff with each word, Bugs declares the sher­iff “Sir Loin of Beef, Earl of Cloves, Baron of Mun­chausen, Milk of Mag­ne­sia, Quar­ter of Ten.” The groggy sher­iff sings “Lon­don Bridge” as he falls into a freshly-baked layer cake. Lit­tle John finally intro­duces Robin Hood: a live-action shot of Errol Flynn, caus­ing an aston­ished Bugs to shrug and say, “Eh, it couldn’t be him!”

Con­tains actual footage of Errol Flynn as Robin Hood from the 1938 film “The Adven­tures of Robin Hood.” Flynn’s price for using his image was report­edly only a copy of this car­toon for his collection.

Released exactly one day before retired WB car­toon pro­ducer Leon Schlesinger died of viral infec­tion at the age of 65.

Songs include: “Lon­don Bridge is Falling Down” (Unknown-arr. Carl Stalling), Per­formed by the Sher­iff of Nottingham.

Cartoon of the Day: Transylvania 6–5000

Transylvania 6-5000

Tran­syl­va­nia 6–5000

Released on this date in 1963, Tran­syl­va­nia 6–5000 was the last Bugs Bunny car­toon directed by Chuck Jones. And this car­toon is thor­oughly Chuck. From the back­grounds to the char­ac­ter design to the tim­ing, this short is a one-stop les­son in Jon­sian car­toon directing.

After tak­ing a wrong left turn, Bugs ends up in the cas­tle of a blood­thirsty Count. Luck­ily, Bugs knows the secret work, and con­founds the Count’s attempts to retrieve Bugs’ blood.

Note that when Bugs rings the cas­tle door­bell, the chimes play the open­ing notes of the TV series “Alfred Hitch­cock Presents.”

A fit­ting cli­max to Jones’ career at Warner Bros, or a card­board epi­taph– what do you think?

Looney Tunes Movie Back In Action

Looney Tunes Movie Back In Action

Looney Tunes Movie Back In Action

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Yosemite Sam look to be back in action, or at least headed back to the big screen. Warner Bros. has announced that they plan to reboot the clas­sic car­toon short char­ac­ters into an as-yet unti­tled new hybrid live-action/CG film.

For­mer Sat­ur­day Night Live cast mem­ber Jenny Slate is already on board as writer for the new flick. Jef­frey Clif­ford, Harry Pot­ter pro­ducer David Hey­man and Dark Shad­ows writ­ers David Katzen­berg and Seth Grahame-Smith are slated to pro­duce the film.

No cast­ing has yet been announced.

The clas­sic Warner Bros. Looney Tunes (and Mer­rie Melodies) char­ac­ters appeared in shorts from the stu­dio from 1930 through 1968. Dur­ing their ini­tial the­atri­cal run, the Looney Tunes and Mer­rie Melodies series became the most pop­u­lar of all the­atri­cal series, exceed­ing even Dis­ney in audi­ence draw. Var­i­ous revivals of the shorts have occurred since, includ­ing some well regarded CGI shorts over the last few years.

The char­ac­ters have also made their way into two pre­vi­ous live-action/CG films, Space Jamwhich fea­tured Michael Jor­dan, and the Bren­dan Fraser/Jenna Elf­man film Looney Tunes: Back In Action.

Space Jam grossed $90 mil­lion domes­ti­cally and $230 mil­lion world­wide, while the sec­ond film only made only $20 mil­lion domes­ti­cally and $68 mil­lion worldwide.

Film festival in Glendale has a Jones for Chuck

Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones

On Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 21 at the Alex The­atre in Glen­dale, Cal­i­for­nia, the Chuck Jones Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion Film Fes­ti­val will be an evening devoted to hon­or­ing the artist who brought to life such famous car­toon char­ac­ters as Wile E. Coy­ote, Road Run­ner, Pepé le Pew, Mar­vin Mar­t­ian and Marc Anthony.

Hosted by the fam­ily of Chuck Jones, the evening — which gets under­way at 8 p.m. — will include rem­i­nis­cences from noted artists whose careers and lives have been impacted by Chuck Jones and the work he cre­ated. The Alex The­atre is located at 216 Brand Boule­vard. The phone num­ber is (818) 243-ALEX (2539).

Tick­ets range in price from $10 to $50, ben­e­fit­ing the pro­grams of the Chuck Jones Cen­ter for Cre­ativ­ity. They’re avail­able at the Alex The­atre box office or online at www.AlexTheatre.org.

Of course, there will be car­toons, many of them from Jones’ per­sonal 35mm collection.

Jones, whose cred­its include four Acad­emy Award-winning short films, directed over 300 films in his life­time, with such mem­o­rable titles as Rab­bit Sea­son­ing, Robin Hood Daffy and Feed the Kitty. In 1992, his What’s Opera, Doc? was the first short ani­mated film to be inducted into the Smithsonian’s National Film Reg­istry. Sub­se­quently, two oth­ers have been added: One Froggy Evening and Duck Amuck.

An hon­orary life­time mem­ber of the Direc­tors Guild of Amer­ica, Jones is con­sid­ered to be one of the pio­neers of the ani­mated film, feted and hon­ored at dozens of Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­vals from Annecy to Zagreb. In 1985, he was the sub­ject of a film ret­ro­spec­tive at the Museum of Mod­ern Art, New York.

In 1999, Jones founded the Chuck Jones Cen­ter for Cre­ativ­ity, a non-profit pub­lic char­ity whose vision is to inspire the innate cre­ative genius within each per­son that leads to a more joy­ous, pas­sion­ate, and har­mo­nious life and world.

Among the pre­sen­ters on Sep­tem­ber 21:

* Carl Bell, ani­ma­tor and clean-up artist, will be one of the pre­sen­ters. A Gov­er­nor of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences, Bell worked with Jones in the late 1960s and early 1970s at MGM. His career includes work with Clam­pett Pro­duc­tions early in his career and most recently with Dis­ney Studios.

* Eric Gold­berg: Gold­berg joined Dis­ney Stu­dios in 1990 as the super­vis­ing ani­ma­tor respon­si­ble for the move­ments, per­son­al­ity and soul of the Genie in Aladdin. Goldberg’s strong back­ground in ani­ma­tion next earned him his direc­to­r­ial debut on Poc­a­hon­tas, which he fol­lowed up as the super­vis­ing ani­ma­tor on Phil, the salty satyr and trainer of heroes in Her­cules. Gold­berg also directed the “Car­ni­val of the Ani­mals” and “Rhap­sody in Blue” seg­ments of Fan­ta­sia 2000, the con­tin­u­a­tion of Walt Disney’s 1940 masterpiece.

Gold­berg not only served as the direc­tor of ani­ma­tion for Warner Bros.’ 2003 live-action and ani­ma­tion hybrid fea­ture Looney Tunes: Back in Action, but he also pro­vided the voices of the car­toon char­ac­ters Mar­vin Mar­t­ian, Tweety and Speedy Gon­za­lez. Work­ing with Bob Kurtz of Kurtz + Friends, he ani­mated the title sequence of MGM’s 2006 remake of The Pink Pan­ther. His rela­tion­ship with Chuck Jones began in the early 1990s and con­tin­ued until Jones’ pass­ing in 2002.

*Jerry Beck is an ani­ma­tion his­to­rian, author, blog­ger, ani­ma­tion pro­ducer and indus­try con­sul­tant to Warner Bros. Stu­dios, and has been an exec­u­tive with Nick­elodeon and Disney.

Reserved seat­ing is avail­able in Orches­tra 1, 2, 3 and 4. Gen­eral admis­sion seat­ing is in the bal­cony. Photo or video record­ing by patrons is not allowed.

Bowery Bugs (1949) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon

Bowery Bugs

Bow­ery Bugs

#CotD: Art Davis directed only one Bugs Bunny car­toon, “Bow­ery Bugs” but man was it was a good one.

Bow­ery Bugs (1949) — Mer­rie Melodies Cartoon

Bugs’ story of why Steve Brody jumped off the Brook­lyn Bridge in 1886. Brody is, at first, going to cut Bugs’ leg off for a rabbit’s foot to change his bad luck. Bugs con­vinces Brody to con­sult a for­tune– telling swami (Bugs, of course), and a series of mishaps leads Brody to become so averted to rab­bits that he jumps off the bridge!

You can watch “Bow­ery Bugs” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Hair-Raising Hare

Hair-Raising Hare

#CotD: The orange, sneaker-wearing mon­ster first appeared in “Hair-Raising Hare” but he was not yet called Gossamer.

Hair-Raising Hare (1946) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

A mad sci­en­tist needs spec­i­mens for his exper­i­ments. Lured to the scientist’s lair in a cas­tle by a sexy mechan­i­cal rab­bit, Bugs is hunted down through the dun­geon by the big orange mon­ster (so scary that it fright­ens its own mir­ror image away) who wants the bunny for dinner.

You can watch “Hair-Raising Hare” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase