8 Ball Bunny

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8 Ball Bunny
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series
8 ball Bunny.jpg
Directed by Charles M. Jones
Produced by Edward Selzer
(uncredited)
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
Dave Barry
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Phil Monroe
Ben Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Ken Harris
Emery Hawkins
Layouts by Peter Alvarado
Backgrounds by Peter Alvarado
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) July 8, 1950
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 min (one reel)
Language English

8 Ball Bunny is a Looney Tunes cartoon (reissued as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodie) directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. It was animated in 1949 and released theatrically on July 8, 1950.

Plot[edit]

The Brooklyn Ice Palace shuts down after the Ice Frolics packs up to go to another show somewhere else, but during their departure, the Ice Frolics crew forget their star performer, "Playboy" Penguin.

Bugs and Playboy's route continues down through South America, with Bugs having to swing through trees, outswim a hungry crocodile, and scale a mountain in the Andes. Upon reaching Cape Horn, it's a boat ride down to the tip of Antarctica, and then a journey on foot across the Antarctic ice cap. When they finally reach the South Pole (depicted as a candy striped pole), Bugs angrily tells Playboy that he's done his good deed and so now he's going back home himself. Playboy then begins to cry again(this time his tears turning into ice cubes from the cold). His conscience nagging at him again, Bugs feels guilty and asks Playboy what's wrong now. Playboy then takes out a flyer from his top hat, which tells Bugs that he was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, where the Ice Frolics' main headquarters is at, much to Bugs' shock, as he realizes his efforts in getting him back to the South Pole were for nothing.

Just as Bugs is about to lose his mind over having to take Playboy all the way back, Humphrey Bogart appears yet again and starts to ask for Bugs' help.

Production[edit]

8 Ball Bunny is the second appearance of Playboy; his first appearance was in 1949's Frigid Hare. The Bogart voice was performed by impressionist Dave Barry (no relation to the humor columnist).

While the film is introduced by the Looney Tunes music The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down, the opening card indicates a Merrie Melodies Blue Ribbon release with the 1959–1964 red rings, as does the end card, replacing the original green opening and ending sequences.

Availability[edit]

The short is included in the home video release Looney Tunes Video Show Volume 3, can be seen as a bonus feature on the DVD releases of the movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (the Humphrey Bogart caricature in this cartoon short is based on Bogart's character in the film) and the documentary film March of the Penguins, and is featured (uncut, uncensored, and digitally remastered) on the fourth volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set.

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Preceded by
What's Up Doc?
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1950
Succeeded by
Hillbilly Hare