Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Studio: Warner Bros.
Charles M. Jones
Animation ... Ken Harris
Story ... Tedd Pierce
Musical Direction ... Carl W. Stalling
Series: Merrie Melodies
Running time (of viewed version): 8:12
Commercial DVD Availability: LTGCv3d4
Synopsis: Bugs gets superpowers and goes to Texas to fight a human trying to eliminate the rabbit scourge.
Comments: I always thought this cartoon was disappointing as a kid. I liked that there was a Superman parody, but it always felt crusty and old (for a WB cartoon), with a Bugs Bunny only beginning to be what I conceived of Bugs as being. I think I disliked the in and out of shot change gags too. Probably not helped by tv prints. The lab looks great. The shot presumably is meant to parody the long background pans in the Superman series. Sign gag. Bugs's power is vegetable based, like Popeye's. Fairly early basketball gag? First I think I've run into in my chronological blogs. The cartoon ends with mindless obeisance to a uniform, just like the foolish mindless cheerleading in the ball game. Bugs appears to be a Marine sergeant. The commentary says the professor is a parody of British character actor Richard Hayden (sp), voiced by Kent Rogers. It's just not really a very good parody of the Fleischer cartoons.