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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