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.

To go down south, Bugs and Playboy hitch a ride on a freight train to New Orleans.

Once in New Orleans, Bugs puts Playboy aboard a ship named Admiral Byrd, which he believes is going to the South Pole. Pleased with his good deed, Bugs decides to order a carrot martini at La Bouche Cafe and stay for Mardi Gras.

While Bugs strums a guitar and composes a ballad, Playboy is forced to build a dugout boat. As Bugs is playing, Humphrey Bogart, straight out of the film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, appears and asks him if he can "help out a fellow American who's down on his luck". Bugs reaches into his pocket, digs around, and pretends to pull out a coin and flip it at him, but instead flips him an empty thumb dismissing him.

After ten days at sea, Bugs is beginning to feel hungry, having not taken any food with them. Upon looking at Playboy, Bugs remembers the hobo saying that penguins are practically chickens, and decides to eat Playboy, but immediately snaps out of his daze and apologizes to Playboy, just as he spots land. The land, however, is the Panama Canal and when the guard at the first lock demands a quarter for passage through, Bugs refuses to pay it and decides he and Playboy will continue the journey on foot.

Rather than berate him again, Bugs just gives him a coin for saving his and Playboy's life and then he and Playboy resume their journey.

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. L

Humphrey Bogart appears yet again and starts to ask for Bugs' help. Just as Bogart says "Say pardon me but..." Bugs asks him if "he can help out a fellow American who's down on his luck". With that, he thrusts Playboy into Bogart's hands and runs off into the distance while laughing hysterically.

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.

Edited version[edit]

When the short aired on ABC, the part where Bugs and Playboy are captured by South American natives is edited to remove the part where one of the natives runs to warn the group of "bwana" Humphrey Bogart coming and the group scattering. The scene was replaced with a frozen shot of Bogart's feet while the sound of the group muttering and fleeing was heard.

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