On the Greatest Hour

How many of the characters in the line can you name? The words to sing along are below the video.

Overture, curtain, lights!
This is it. The night of nights.
No more rehearsing or nursing a part.
We know every part by heart!

Overture, curtain, lights!
This is it. We’ll hit the heights!
And oh, what heights we’ll hit!
On with the show, this is it!

Tonight what heights we’ll hit!
On with the show, this is it!”

The roots to this show started October 11, 1960 (a Tuesday night) when The Bugs Bunny Show premiering on ABC

The show originally composed of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons produced between August 1948 and December 1969

General Foods originally sponsored the show

In August 1962, ABC moved The Bugs Bunny Show to Saturday, but it was moved to Sunday morning in September 1967

In September 1968, moved to CBS which combined it with The Road Runner Show to make The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour

Behind the scenes

  • Directed by Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson
  • Voices by Mel Blanc, June Foray, Stan Freberg, Hal Smith
  • Music Theme by Mack David and Jerry Livingston

Here’s the lineup, which are also linked to their post. Which did you visit?

Cultural Influence

Show’s Closing

56 thoughts on “On the Greatest Hour

  1. It’s Saturday morning, and for the first time in six decades I am sitting here watching cartoons. Thanks, Frank. ( I could name them all….but my eyesight doesn’t do pixels well, first thing in the morning, so for “General Foods” I read “General Fools”)


  2. I’ve probably said it here before, but ‘eye’, like so many, must confess to being indebted to Buggsy and his crew. Fun, escape, all it derived out of thin air or so my right ‘eye’ imagined. Theater of the Absurd, yet graspable.

    And this appeared in the ad space below your post http://www.beyondplumcreek.com/shtufffs/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/stratford-festival-advertisement.jpg . Bugs Bunny Shakespearean? Why not. Happy Saturday, Frank.


  3. I recognized most of them, but my brain stalled when trying to name the a few of them. Odd. I know I watched my fair share of the cartoons. Then again, my favorite cartoon was Mighty Mouse. I was in love with him! 🙂


  4. I had completely forgotten about Hippity Hopper. I love these crazy characters. So many childhood memories are stirred by these cartoons. Children’s television today is so sophisticated and I really wish these cartoons were still the favorites today. With people my age, I think they are! 🙂


    • Hippity is one of those characters that many recognize, but don’t know my name … plus the confusion with Hoppity Hooper. Regarding today’s cartoons … well … there is a reason why the ones we grew up with are referred to as the Golden Age of Cartoons.


    • Leo,
      I can see how that can happen … although all one must do is remember that the reason Porky looks like a pig is because he is a pig. Besides, Elmer Pig and Porky Fudd just don’t sound right.


  5. two of my heroes are bugs bunny and groucho marx. it’s no coincidence how similar they are, and – when i’m included – it’s no coincidence that we’re all a pain in the ass.


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