Happy Easter, friends! What better way to celebrate than with Easter Yeggs, the classic 1947 Looney Tunes short. Although being a short starring Bugs Bunny, you can expect that the Holiday will receive a sardonic twist. Furthermore Easter Yeggs also has a link with The Burns and Allen Show radio show. By way of the legendary Mel Blanc, who performed as a similar character known as the ‘Happy Postman’!
Directed by Robert McKimson, the animated short features not just Mel Blanc but Arthur Q. Bryan as Elmer Fudd. McKimson really was a powerhouse director and animator of the day. Amassing a staggering 221 credits in his 61 years, that is just as a Director. His work in the animation department of Warner Bros. on IMDB list 131 credits!
I certainly am willing to bet my last Cadbury creme egg that you have seen many of the shorts he helped to produce. In addition to the classic Looney Tunes shorts he helmed the likes of The Pink Panther Show, The Houndcats, The Sylvester & Tweety Show, as well as Bugs Bunny’s Howl-oween Special!
Robert McKimson in addition to his work, will certainly be the subject of an upcoming Toon In Podcast in the near future. With Easter Yeggs, the animated short finds Bugs attempting to help a morose Easter Bunny. However in this case, it turns out everyone’s favorite egg deliverer is just being lazy!
Ol’ Bugs has to contend with a murderous tyke and his Family as well as Elmer Fudd. Seriously though, friends, Bugs definitely gets put through the ringer in this short. Although having said that, when Elmer shows up it is pretty much business as usual.
Enough of the synopsis and background info. Grab a handful of chocolate goodies and enjoy Easter Yeggs!
You know, most people would say that Bugs Bunny was a pretty smart rabbit. Even though his quasi original appearance and some characteristics can be found in 1938’s Porky’s Hare Hunt. It was a more zany as well as madcap rabbit on display – acting almost like Daffy Duck.
It wasn’t however until the 1940 theatrical short entitled A Wild Hare that Bugs Bunny really made the scene. Even then he wasn’t know as Bugs, but he was still voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc, although he initially wasn’t credited.
So began Bugs Bunny’s meteoric rise to stardom. Over the past 77 years our favorite wisecracking hare has certainly changed. For example the character evolved into a role as sort of the straight man. Case in point when he was teamed up with Daffy Duck in 1956’s A Star is Bored!
Being a beloved icon for so many children and as well as their parents. It was of course only natural that Bugs Bunny be tapped as a spokesman for this public service announcement for the Shriners Hospital. In this 1982 PSA he warns children in addition to adults about ways to make the kitchen safer.
That is most certainly a fantastic looking kitchen.
While there are in fact a few bits that could be considered scary images as you see, none of them cross the line into truly frightening. The boiling pot I will have to admit does creep me out a little though.
The advice from 1982 is just as important today so take a minute and listen to Bugs Bunny!
Bugs Bunny wasn’t the only Looney Tunes character to help out with PSA ads. Check out this 1990 version featuring Tweety Bird!
I’m a big fan of Jerrod Maruyama artwork. When I’m not blogging on the Retroist, I can be found at my Pop Culture / Food Blog – Between the Pages. My blog’s mascot – Ace – was created by Jerrod.
Jerrod just released a wonderful print called Bugs and Friends for Dark Hall Mansion.
The detail on this print is amazing!
The silver carrot holder beside Bugs is engraved with his initials.
There is a framed picture of Playboy Penguin from ‘8 Ball Bunny’ over Bug’s TV.
In addition to his most famous foes like Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, & Elmer Fudd, this print also includes the Gremlin (from Falling Hare), Witch Hazel, Gossamer (the heart shaped monster), Pete Puma, “Babyface” Finster, and Rocky.
This print brings a smile to my face and makes me long for Saturday Morning Cartoons.
(Karen’s post and lament for the lost days of Saturday morning cartoons made think we need to watch Playboy Penguin. So for your viewing enjoyment we present 1950’s “8 Ball Bunny”! – Vic)
[Via] Alex Webb
I’d wager that most of you have at some point looked into which song or album was at Number 1 on the day you were born? Or which film was atop the box office chart? How many of you know what was on at the theatre as you were brought into the world? That question had never entered my mind, but a friend on Twitter recently posted the flyer above and, beyond its obvious awesomeness, one fact stood out – I was born during its three-week run! How exciting!!
Clearly I was too young to be taken to see this particular show, but what a line-up – Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, Tweety, Roadrunner, Porky Pig AND Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman – I can’t imagine a more exciting prospect than seeing the Looney Tunes meet DC’s finest.
The Looney Tunes Wiki has a great page about this 1970’s stage show, including images like this one:
I’d also recommend reading the Noblemania blog which has a fantastic set of interviews with the stars of the show, some great cast photos and more about the show and its follow-up Bugs Bunny in Space.