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

On a Hippety

A young kangaroo character in Warner Brothers Looney Tunes cartoon

Antagonist to Sylvester the Cat and Sylvester Junior

Hippety Hopper is not to be confused with Hoppity Hooper

Common storyline:

  • Hippety escaping from somewhere (zoo, circus, etc)
  • Hippety is mistaken as a giant mouse
  • Hippety takes Sylvester’s attempt to capture prey as playful horseplay, thus playfully beats, batters, and bruises Sylvester

Mother is Mrs. Hopper, who calls him Junior

Created by Robert McKimson

First appearance – Hop, Look, and Listen (1948); last – Freudy Cat (1964)

Appear in 13 shorts 1948-1964

Enjoy Hop, Look, and Listen

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On Sylvester

Created by Friz Frelong on March 24, 1945

Also known as Sylvester J Pussycat, Sr; Sylvester the Cat, Scaredy Cat,

Appeared in Scaredy Cat (but named Thomas) with Tweety Bird and Tweetie Pie

Won three Academy Awards

Often antagonist to Elmer Fudd, Tweety Bird, Speedy Gonzales, Hipperty Hooper, and Spike

Original voiced by Mel Blanc

Sylvester died more than any Looney Tunes character

Relatives: Mrs. Sylvester J Pussycat (wife), Sylvester Jr. (son). Tom Pussycat (brother), Sylith Vester (descendant)

Appeared in Robot Chicken, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, TuneSquad, Space Jam

Honored on a 1998 U.S. postage stamp with Tweety Bird

Some Memorable Lines
I gotta have a bird! I’m weak, but I don’t care! I can’t help it! After all, I am a pussy cat.

Brother pussycats! We’ve been skidded out, scooted out, backed out and booted out! But tonight, we was scared out! It’s unhospitabitatble, and furthermore, it’s un-cat-stitutional!

Sayyy, wait a minute……Tomcats can’t be mothers……Cats can’t lay eggs!

Thufferin’ Thuccotash!