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The Wacky Wabbit (1942) — Merrie Melodies Guide

The Wacky Wabbit

The Wacky Wabbit

#CotD: Elmer alters the lyrics of “Oh Susanna” to con­tain the line “V for Vic­tory” in “The Wacky Wab­bit” Obvi­ously a wartime short.

The Wacky Wab­bit (1942) — Mer­rie Melodies Guide

Elmer is prospect­ing for gold and meets up with Bugs. Dis­guised in a steer skull, Bugs does a duet with Elmer, who is singing “Oh Susanna” with altered lyrics.

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Plans building for theatrical LEGO feature film

LEGO Movie

LEGO Movie

The first-ever full-length the­atri­cal LEGO movie will open across the United States on Feb­ru­ary 28, 2014, it was announced Mon­day by Dan Fell­man, pres­i­dent of domes­tic dis­tri­b­u­tion for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Cur­rently in pro­duc­tion, the 3D computer-animated adven­ture will be directed by Phil Lord and Christo­pher Miller from their orig­i­nal screen­play, story by Dan Hage­man and Kevin Hage­man, Lord and Miller, based on LEGO Con­struc­tion Toys. It will incor­po­rate some of the LEGO world’s most pop­u­lar fig­ures while intro­duc­ing sev­eral new char­ac­ters, invit­ing fans who have enjoyed the brand’s inno­v­a­tive toys and hugely pop­u­lar video games for gen­er­a­tions to expe­ri­ence their visu­ally unique LEGO world as never seen before.

Lord and Miller pre­vi­ously teamed on the hit 21 Jump Street and the 2009 ani­mated com­edy adven­ture Cloudy with a Chance of Meat­balls, which was nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe Award.

As yet unti­tled, the film will be pro­duced by Dan Lin (Sher­lock Holmes, Sher­lock Holmes: A Game of Shad­ows) and Roy Lee (How to Train Your Dragon, The Departed).

Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips (1944) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips

Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips

CotD: Despite the strong racial over­tones of the film, “Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips” has been released to home video, and was not even included in WB’s “Cen­sored Eleven” car­toons.

Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips (1944) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

Some­where in the South Pacific, Bugs, float­ing in a crate, lands on an island filled with Japan­ese sol­diers. His peace and quiet come to a halt when bombs start hit­ting the island. Bugs tan­gles with an angry sol­dier, then a sumo wrestler, and finally, hun­dreds more Japan­ese, whom he out­wits in dis­guise as the “Good Rumor Man.” All finally ends up happy when Bugs finally runs into– of all things– a girl rab­bit in a sarong.

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Sinkin’ In The Bathtub (1930) — Looney Tunes Cartoon Series

Sinkin' In The Bathtub

Sinkin’ In The Bathtub

CotD: The very first Warner Broth­ers the­atri­cal car­toon, “Sinkin’ In The Bath­tub” also saw the screen appear­ance of Bosko and Honey.

Sinkin’ In The Bath­tub (1930) — Looney Tunes Car­toon Series

Bosko is tak­ing a bath while hum­ming “Singing in the Bath­tub,” play­ing every­thing around him like a musi­cal instru­ment. Even the bath­tub gets up and dances. Bosko rides a stream of water out his win­dow, and calls for his car.

While dri­ving, Bosko plays “Tip-Toe Through the Tulips” on his har­mon­ica, and picks up some flow­ers. He arrives at Honey’s house while she is bathing upstairs. Honey sees Bosko out of her bath­room win­dow and quickly gets dressed.

Wait­ing out­side, Bosko hides the flow­ers behind his back, but a goat eats them. Bosko begins to cry, but Honey calls out from her bal­cony: “Don’t cry Bosko! I still loves you!” Bosko feels bet­ter, and then kicks the goat in the behind. He takes some parts from his car and makes a sax­o­phone out of them. Honey pours a tub of soapy water from her bal­cony into the sax, caus­ing it to blow bub­bles up into the air. Honey jumps off her bal­cony and dances on the bub­bles, even­tu­ally mak­ing her way down to the ground, where she and Bosko play her front path like a xylophone.

The happy cou­ple dri­ves off in the car and smooch. Along the way a lazy cow that won’t budge blocks their path. After being spat on by the cow, Bosko decides to run it over. The car then hits a bump that sends Bosko fly­ing out of the car, split­ting him into eight minia­ture Bosko’s. He pulls him­self together, and then helps push the car up a hill.

After reach­ing the top the car starts to speed down­hill, with Bosko chas­ing after it. Bosko grabs a rope attached to the car, but he’s dragged over rocks and trees and ends up in front of the run­away auto­mo­bile. The car goes off a cliff and lands in a pond. Bosko and Honey end up float­ing in their car-turned-bathtub, while Bosko cheer­fully plays “Singing in the Bath­tub” with reeds on the lily pads.

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Apes Of Wrath (1959) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Apes Of Wrath

Apes Of Wrath

CotD: Due (once again!) to a drunk stork, Bugs ends up with the “Apes Of Wrath” as their some­what dim child.

Apes Of Wrath (1959) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

The drunk stork loses his baby gorilla deliv­ery, so he kid­naps Bugs and uses him as a replacement.Look for a sur­prise cameo at the end.

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Beauty And The Beast (1934) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast

CotD: Well before the Dis­ney car­toon of the same “Beauty And The Beast” was Warner Bros.’ sec­ond (and last!) Cine­color cartoon.

Beauty And The Beast (1934) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

A lit­tle girl is eat­ing too many snacks when she doesn’t real­ize that it is her bed­time. Then the Sand­man comes out of nowhere and, sure enough, the girl falls asleep in the blink of an eye. Just then, she has a dream that she is in Toy­land, where she encoun­ters all kinds of fairy tale characters.

They sing her a wel­come song and then meet a friendly toy sol­dier for the first time while march­ing in a Toy­land parade. Just then, they open a book called “Beauty and the Beast” and sing the title song from out of the pages, but as soon as they are about to get to the next page, a hor­ri­ble, mon­strous beast is about to take her captive.

Sure enough, it’s an all-out brawl between the girl and the beast. Even a toy air­plane can’t soothe the sav­age beast. When she real­izes that it’s all a bad dream, she gets scared and jumps back into bed, but when she cov­ers her­self with the blan­ket, the flap of her paja­mas hangs out when she goes back to sleep.

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Bedevilled Rabbit (1957) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Bedevilled Rabbit

Bedev­illed Rabbit

CotD: Robert McKimson’s most beloved char­ac­ter– Taz– takes on Bugs down under in “Bedev­illed Rab­bit” and guess who wins? Watch it now and see!

Bedev­illed Rab­bit (1957) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

Hid­den in a box of car­rots, Bugs lands in Tas­ma­nia, where he matches wits with the Tas­man­ian Devil.

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Super-Rabbit (1943) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

Super-Rabbit

Super-Rabbit

CotD: An appar­ent par­ody of the Fleischer/Famous Stu­dios “Super­man” car­toons, “Super-Rabbit” is also rem­i­nis­cent of Super Mouse (later to become Mighty Mouse).

Super-Rabbit (1943) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

Look up there in the sky! It’s a bird… naw, it ain’t no bird. It’s Bugs Bunny, Super Rabbit!

We flash back to the ori­gin of Super Rab­bit, where a sci­en­tist named Pro­fes­sor Canafrazz for­ti­fies some car­rots, which Bugs eats, and now he can “leap tall build­ings, et cetera, etc etera…

Not­ing the news­pa­per story of Cot­ton­tail Smith, the noto­ri­ous Texas Rab­bit, Bugs ducks into a phone booth to change, and comes out in a Lit­tle Bo Peep out­fit. Then he changes to a blue super out­fit and takes off for Deep­ina­hata, Texas. There he assumes the dis­guise of a “mild-mannered for­est crea­ture” with glasses.

He hops along­side of Smith. Even­tu­ally, they’re both hop­ping, and Smith trades places with Bugs. Smith tries to shoot Bugs, but he ends up with a rab­bit shaped pile of bul­lets. He tries a can­non­ball, and Bugs uses it as a bas­ket­ball, turn­ing Smith and his horse into Bugs’ cheer­ing sec­tion! (Bricka Bracka Fire­cracka Sis-Boom-Bah!)

Smith and the horse chase Bugs in a plane till Bugs needs a recharge and drops the super car­rots, find­ing that Smith and the horse have eaten them. Uh-oh. Bugs’ adven­tures as Super-Rabbit end abruptly when he becomes a real Super­man– a U.S. Marine.

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Quackodile Tears (1962) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

Quackodile Tears

Quack­odile Tears

CotD: Art Davis’ last Warner Bros. car­toon as a direc­tor, “Quack­odile Tears” is some­times erro­neously cred­ited to Friz Freleng.

Quack­odile Tears (1962) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Daffy’s wife tells him to watch their egg while she goes out. Daffy gets his egg mixed up with a croc­o­dile egg. He and the croc­o­dile fight over the egg. Daffy can­not win against wife nor beast.

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Hare-Way To The Stars (1958) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Hare-Way To The Stars

Hare-Way To The Stars

CotD: Mar­vin the Mar­t­ian takes on Bugs Bunny in “Hare-Way To The Stars, and the uni­verse will never be quite the same again.

Hare-Way To The Stars (1958) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bugs Bunny, groggy from a rab­bit hang­over, climbs out of his hole and into a rocket ship parked directly above. He thinks that he’s still in his rab­bit hole. Reach­ing the top, he unwit­tingly stows away aboard the rocket to Mars and is car­ried off by a satel­lite onto a futur­is­tic land­scape of pan­els sus­pended in outer space.

Bugs tries to rent a U-Drive fly­ing saucer from a local char­ac­ter wear­ing a spit­toon: Com­man­der X-2 in his Roman hair­brush hel­met. Mar­vin advises him not to bother, as “the Earth will be gone in just a few sec­onds. I’m going to blow it up– it obstructs my view of Venus.”

To save the planet from destruc­tion, Bugs makes off with the Aludium Q-36 Explo­sive Space Mod­u­la­tor that the Mar­t­ian has built.

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