Acrobatty Bunny

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Acrobatty Bunny
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series
Bugs Bunny meets Nero
Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by Edward Selzer (uncredited)
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by Art Davis
Richard Bickenbach
Cal Dalton
Don Williams (uncredited)
Anatolle Kirsanoff (uncredited)
Layouts by Cornett Wood
Backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) June 29, 1946 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 minutes
Language English
Preceded by Kitty Kornered
Followed by The Great Piggy Bank Robbery

Acrobatty Bunny is a Warner Bros. cartoon released in 1946 as part of the Looney Tunes series, directed by Robert McKimson (his second), and starring Bugs Bunny and Nero the Lion.

An acrobat is a person skilled at high-wire or other high-in-the-air exploits, while "batty" is a slang term for "crazy" (as is "Bugs").

Plot synopsis[edit]

A circus is being set up just above Bugs' rabbit hole, causing much noise and vibration. The lion cage is set up directly above the hole, and the lion takes deep sniffs (alternatively yanking Bugs towards the hole or throwing him back) to determine that the animal below is Bugs. When the lion (whom Bugs eventually refers to as "Nero") roars again, Bugs comes to the surface to see what's going on, riding an elevator that makes twists and turns. Bugs tries to reason with the lion ("I'm the tenant downstairs, and there's entirely too much noise!"), but soon makes a hasty escape when Nero takes a swipe at him.

Nero manages to get out of his cage, and chases Bugs around the circus grounds. Bugs at one point ducks into a dressing room, coming out as a clown trying to convince Nero to laugh ("COME ON, LAUGH!"), which he eventually does - until Bugs takes some whacks at the lion with a wooden board. The lion then chases Bugs into the big top, where they swing around acrobat swings. Eventually, Bugs tricks Nero into a cannon and sets the cannon off, causing Nero to do a hula in his 'skirt', plays the ukulele, and ends the cartoon by adding, "We're also available for picnics, lodge meetings, children's parties, and smokers."


This cartoon can be found on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3 DVD. It is also available on the Marx Brothers' A Night in Casablanca DVD (2004).

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Preceded by
Hair-Raising Hare
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Racketeer Rabbit