8 Ball Bunny
|8 Ball Bunny|
|Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series|
|Directed by||Charles M. Jones|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Phil Monroe
|Layouts by||Peter Alvarado|
|Backgrounds by||Peter Alvarado|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||July 8, 1950|
|Running time||7 min (one reel)|
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.
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. Playboy is found by Bugs Bunny, who vows to take him home. But, upon discovering Penguins come from the South Pole, excliams "Ooh, I'm dyin'!"
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. After hearing the ship is actually headed for Brooklyn, Bugs swims out to it to rescue Playboy, but rather than swimming back to New Orleans, they end up on a tropical island.
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 pulls out a coin and flips it at him and tells him to "hit the road".
After ten days at sea, Bugs is beginning to feel hungry, having not taken any food with them. Upon looking at Playboy, Bugs remembers a hobo on the train 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.
While trekking rough South America, Bugs and Playboy end up in a cauldron of cannibals around Bolivia, Brazil, or Peru and are about to be eaten by they chanting natives when one comes running shouting "Ifwana" which scares they other natives away. Bugs Bunny intrepidly awaits the "Ifwana" which turns out to be Humphrey Bogart asking again "Pardon me, but could you help out a fellow American who's down on his luck?".
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 the rest of South America nearly straight to the South Pole, with Bugs having to swing through trees, outswim a hungry crocodile, scale a mountain in the Andes, and sail boat trough the South Pacific to the Antarctic .
Bugs brings Playboy to the exact South Pole and says that he [Bugs] has brought him home like he promised and is leaving causing Playboy to cry. Bugs asks what's the problem now which Playboy shows Bugs a flyer for his performance which reads "The Ice Frolics Presents The Only Hoboken Born Penguin In Captivity Skating The" (which Hoboken is unspecified) and Bugs (realizing that regardless of which Hoboken it may be would still have to travel more than half the Earth to get Playboy to his true destination) yells that "Ooh, I'm dying again!". Humphrey Bogart appears yet again and starts to ask for Bugs' help. Just as Bogart says "Say pardon me but..." poor Bugs begs 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.
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.
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 "Ifwana" 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. However, the short has been aired uncensored (as recently as 2015) on the Canadian cable channel Teletoon Retro.
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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