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!”

Timeline
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

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

Cultural Influence

Show’s Closing

On the Greatest

Thanks to Rich for the above
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Notables
Bugs Bunny is a cultural icon

According to NPR, Bugs has appeared in more films (both short and feature-length) than any other cartoon character and is the ninth most-portrayed film personality in the world

A Wild Hare (1940) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film

Since his debut, Bugs only appeared only in color Merrie Melodies films

Bugs only appearance in a black-and-white Looney Tunes film is a cameo in Porky Pig’s Feat (1943)

Bugs did not star in a Looney Tunes film until that series made its complete conversion to only color cartoons (1944)

The first cartoon character honored on a U.S. postage stamp

On December 10, 1985, Bugs received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ranked #1 in TV Guide’s 50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time (2002)

His stock…has never gone down…Bugs is the best example…of the smart-aleck American comic. He not only is a great cartoon character, he’s a great comedian. He was written well. He was drawn beautifully. He has thrilled and made many generations laugh. He is tops. (A TV Guide editor on CNN)

Bugs cartoons are listed 34 times on The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes list of cartoons

Bugs also received an Oscar nomination for Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt (1942)

Because Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt didn’t win, What’s Cookin’ Doc? (1944) spoofed the Academy in which Bugs demands a recount by claiming “sa-bo-TAH-gee”

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Knighty Knight Bugs (1958) with a medieval Bugs trades battling Yosemite Sam and his fire-breathing dragon (which has a cold), won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

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Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning, and Duck! Rabbit, Duck! compose the “Rabbit Season/Duck Season” trilogy and are famous for originating the “historic” rivalry between Bugs and Daffy Duck

What’s Opera, Doc? (1957), casts Bugs and Elmer Fudd in a parody of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, and the US Library of Congress (in 1992) deemed it “culturally significant”, thus selecting it for preservation in the National Film Registry

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Personal
Born July 27, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York below Ebbets Field (home of the Brooklyn Dodgers)

Characteristics include clever, trickster, flippant, and personable until you mess with me attitude (and this scene is one of my all-time favorites)
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A known traveler, but frequently making the wrong turn in Albuquerque

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Antagonists include Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Willoughby the Dog, Marvin the Martian, Beaky Buzzard, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig,Tasmanian Devil, Gossamer, Cecil Turtle, Witch Hazel, Rocky and Mugsy, Wile E. Coyote, the Crusher, Gremlin, Count Blood Count and a host of others

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Bugs’ carrot-chewing standing position, is based a Clark Gable scene with Claudette Colbert in a scene from It Happened One Night

Bugs occasionally communicates with the audience to explain something to the audience, such as

  • Be with you in a minute, folks!
  • Feisty, ain’t they?
  • That happens to him all during the picture, folks.
  • Gee, ain’t I a stinker?
  • Of course you know, this means war!

The origin of a classic Bugs Bunny line

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Background
Happy Rabbit, though different looking and a forerunner to Bugs, first appears in Porky’s Hare Hunt (1938)

Created by the animators and staff of Leon Schlesinger Productions (later Warner Bros. Cartoons) with staff including Tex Avery, Robert McKimson, and Mel Blanc

Mel Blanc originated the Bugs Bunny’s voice

Debuted in A Wild Hare (July 27, 1940) featuring Elmer Fudd and Bugs in a hunter-tormentor relationship

A Wild Hare also debuted Bugs’ most famous catchphrase: “What’s Up Doc?”

First use of Bugs Bunny’s name on-screen is in Elmer’s Pet Rabbit (1941)

“Bugs” Bunny (quotation marks only used, on and off, until 1944)

168 cartoon shorts, most of which were directed by Friz Freleng, Robert McKimson and Chuck Jones

Buckaroo Bugs was Bugs’ first film in the Looney Tunes series

Last Golden Age appearance in False Hare (1964)

12 episodes have been banned because of political correctness

An interview Martha Goldman Sigall (at age 92 in June 2009) who worked at Leon Schlesinger’s Studios in 1939 when the studio created Bugs Bunny

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Beyond Cartoons
In the fall of 1960, ABC debuted the prime-time television program The Bugs Bunny Show

The Bugs Bunny Show (through different formats and titles) appeared on network television for 40 years

Bugs featured in various network television specials in the 1970s and 80s

Films include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Box Office Bunny, and Space Jam

Because of an equal-time agreement between Warner Brothers and Disney, Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse always appeared together in Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Who Framed Roger Rabbit introduced Bugs’ girlfriend, Lola Bunny (see a tribute)

Bugs has also appeared in numerous video games
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Memorable Lines
My favorite when referring to politicians

A few other … do you remember any of these?

  • Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive.
  • OOH! Look at four-legged airplane!
  • Carrots are devine… You get a dozen for a dime, It’s maaaa-gic!
  • Eeeeeeh, watch me paste that pathetic palooka with a powerful, pachydermous, percussionpitch.
  • Don’t think it hasn’t been a little slice of heaven…’cause it hasn’t!
  • Well, what did you expect in an opera? A happy ending?
  • Do you happen to know what the penalty is for shooting a fricaseeing rabbit without a fricaseeing rabbit license?
  • I wonder what the poor bunnies are doing this season?
  • Oh, well, we almost had a romantic ending!
  • My, I’ll bet you monsters lead innnnteresting lives.
  • Here I go with the timid little woodland creature bit again. It’s shameful, but…ehhh, it’s a living.
  • I bet you say that to all the wabbits.
  • For shame, doc. Hunting rabbits with an elephant gun. Why don’t you shoot yourself an elephant?
  • I know this defies the law of gravity, but I never studied law!
  • Eh, what’s up, doc?

On a Cartoon Buffet

Instead of dedicating a new post to a classic cartoon character, today is a pick-your-treat day! Below as the characters from past posts, so pick one – any one – or as many was who wish because this is your special Saturday Morning Buffet of cartoon characters. Enjoy! Which did you watch this morning?

Boris and Natasha

Elmer Fudd

Flintstones

Foghorn Leghorn

Jonny Quest

Mutley

Quick Draw McGraw

Peabody and Sherman

Popeye

Snagglepuss

Speedy Gonzalez

Top Cat

Underdog

Wile E Coyote

Woody Woodpecker

Yosemite Sam

* A small collection of opening theme songs

On Yosemite Sam

Cantankerous character created by Friz Freleng for Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies that Warner Brothers Animation produces

Creators consider calling him Texas Tiny, Wyoming Willie, or Denver Dan

Appeared in 33 cartoons

Hates rabbits, especially one long-eared wise cracker

Portrayed a gunslinger, prospector, outlaw, pirate, knight, cowboy, duke, mountain climber, Confederate soldier, a hen-pecked husband, a royal cook, and a space alien

Also portrayed Chilkoot Sam, Riff Raff Sam, Sam Schulz, Seagoin’ Sam, Shanghai Sam, Sam Von Schamm, Duke of Yosemite, and others.

Sam’s own cockiness gets the best of him as Bugs knows Sam is incapable of turning down a challenge, such as “step across that line.”

Sam consistently displays an odd respect for religious conventions.

Originally voiced by Mel Blanc

A site for Yosemite Sam sounds clips

Great Quotes
You’ll pay for this!
That’ll learn ya.
No no no – you’re doin’ it all wrong!
Say your prayers.
Great horny toads!
What in Sam Hills is goin’ on?
Pickins is mighty slim round here. Hardly no reward for a days work.
Dead rabbits tell no tales.
You long-eared, fur-bearing, flat-footed varmint.
I paid my four bits to see the high diving act and I’m going to see the high diving act.