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I love these cartoons so much. Look at the color palette on this. You don’t see that color palette in cartoons at ALL anymore.

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Classic. That might be THE perfect Looney Tunes cartoon, if not the perfect short cartoon general. In stature, it’s basically Bugs & Daffy’s version of Abbott & Costello’s “Whose On First?” skit. I quote at least 10 lines from that cartoon on a regular basis.

Of course, in a post-Columbine world, parents these days might flinch at the idea of letting their kids watch so much overt gun play. I think I’ve even seen edited versions of it. But my friends and I grew up watching the unexpurgated version in the early 70s, and we all turned out just fine.

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Win.

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I’ve always like Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner better. Something about the lack of dialog appeals to me. The one where the coyote swallows a whole bottle of “earthquake pills” (“Warning: Not effective on roadrunners”) is my favorite.

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“You’re dithththththpicable.” Still funny!

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It’s really a goddamned shame shorts like this can’t get made on a regular basis any more. Truly classic comedy genius.

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Mel Blanc was truly a genius.

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malakim2099 said on August 1st, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Ah, now that is the sweet taste of nostalgia. :)

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Yes, Mel Blanc was a genius (listen to when they dress as each other!), but let’s give some credit to Chuck Jones here. The guy also did my favorite Christmas special.

MGK just made my month.

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That’s gold Jerry. Gold! Seriously, though, if Looney Tunes were still around today, the uproar would be incredible. The blatant stereotyping (Speedy Gonzalez, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe Lepeau, Yosemite Sam) and the cartoon violence would have every Oprah-watching housewife crying “foul” the minute of their kids stupidly blew his own hand off with a shotgun that shouldn’t be in the house in the first place.

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mightybaldking said on August 1st, 2008 at 4:54 pm

So, when Bugs dressed up like a woman, did you find him attractive?

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Smileyfax said on August 1st, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Ah, a true classic.

One thing stuck out, though…

Why in the world does Bugs have a rabbit cookbook in his hole?

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Yes that ones a question for the ages.

But this stuff is classic Chris, CLASSIC.

But still no Stacy Keach :(

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“Why in the world does Bugs have a rabbit cookbook in his hole?”

My first reaction.

Actually, my second. First reaction was “wow, you’re never going to see a guy look down the barrel of a gun in a cartoon ever again.”

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Clearly both Bugs and Daffy have the “Bag of Many Things” shtick.

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The Hunter trilogy were some of the best Looney Tunes ever.

Foghorn Leghorn is actually based on one character(or maybe a real person) in particular so he’s not really a stereotype.

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These are, of course, classics. The thing I love about them is imagining these guys really out in some cartoon wilderness and what they do after the cartoon ends. Does Daffy lounge around and throw pebbles at Bugs? Would they play these silly games even when the camera’s not rolling? Just the thought of them on their off hours tickles me to no end.

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Oh, man. I haven’t seen this one since I was a kid.

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Fudd is a vegetarian?!

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Foghorn Leghorn was IIRC partly based on W.C. Fields. And in the late 80s they did relaunch Loony Tunes with edited footage. You’d see the results of the gunshot in this episode, but never actually show Daffy getting shot. It was freaking annoying. Later relaunches all used the regular violence from what I remember…

As for racial/ethnic stereotypes, only a few of the more blatant have been dropped from current launches of Loony Tunes and other company cartoon lines. Headhunters with bones in their noses and the like. Though I can’t recall catching a Speedy Gonzales episode anywhere in a while…

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mightybaldking said on August 2nd, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I’m pretty sure that Foghorn Leghorn was a knock off of Senator Cleghorn, who appeared as a loud talking southern senator on the Steve Allen Radio show in the 40’s.

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I don’t remember the elephant bit- maybe that’s been cut for time in some airings.

It’s hilarious, though. “You do and I’ll give you SUCH A PINCH!”

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Goblin.. that may explain why he can’t shoot straight. He’s never had to hunt for a meal before.

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Jason Ray said on August 2nd, 2008 at 11:53 pm

I remember back in the day when they cut out the black face shots on cartoons like these and still keep shots where the character’s hair would be blown into braids. That always confused me as a kid until I found out it was a style some black folk liked to keep their hair.

I notice the keep a lot of gun shot results in tact these days except for the “Welp, now I’ve seen everything.” suicide shots.

This is one of my favorites but the turtle trilogy still holds a special place in my heart….I always enjoy it when Bugs is bested by another character and loved when bugs got in the turtles face claiming, “You know I can beat cha’, you know that right?”

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Ah. A classic, I miss the days of my youth when cartoons like this were the norm.

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