Acrobatty Bunny

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Acrobatty Bunny
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Bugs Bunny meets Nero. Animation by Richard Bickenbach
Directed byRobert McKimson
Produced byEdward Selzer (uncredited)
Story byWarren Foster
StarringMel Blanc
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byRichard Bickenbach
Art Davis
Cal Dalton
Don Williams (uncredited)
Anatolle Kirsanoff (uncredited)
Layouts byCornett Wood
Backgrounds byRichard H. Thomas
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
June 29, 1946
Running time
8 minutes
LanguageEnglish

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.

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."

Crew[edit]

  • Animation: Arthur Davis, Cal Dalton, Richard Bickenbach, Don Williams, Anatole Kirsanoff
  • Inbetween: Lloyd Turner
  • Character Design: Jean Blanchard
  • Story: Warren Foster
  • Layouts and Backgrounds: Cornett Wood, Richard H. Thomas
  • Film Editor: Treg Brown
  • Voice Characterizations: Mel Blanc
  • Musical Direction: Carl W. Stalling
  • Orchestrations: Milt Franklyn
  • Production: Edward Selzer
  • Direction: Robert McKimson

Availability[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Hair-Raising Hare
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1946
Succeeded by
Racketeer Rabbit