Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
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|Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid|
|Directed by||Robert Clampett|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Story by||Warren Foster|
|Starring||Mel Blanc (Bugs Bunny)|
Kent Rogers (Beaky Buzzard)
Sara Berner (Mama Buzzard)
|Music by||Musical direction:|
|Animation by||Rod Scribner|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
The Vitaphone Corporation
|July 11, 1942|
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett, produced by Leon Schlesinger, and released to theatres by Warner Bros. Pictures. It marks the first appearance of Beaky Buzzard in a Warner Bros. short.
The title is a Brooklynese way of saying "gets the bird", which can refer to an obscene gesture, or as simply the "Bronx cheer"; in this case, it is also used metaphorically, as Bugs "gets" the bird (a buzzard) by playing a trick.
The cartoon begins with a mother buzzard instructing her children to go out and catch something for dinner. Three take off like jets from an aircraft carrier. One stays behind, his back turned. This is Beaky Buzzard (Killer) who is shy, easily embarrassed, and a little on the slow side. Against his will, his mother kicks him out of the nest with instructions to at least catch a rabbit. Beaky spots Bugs Bunny and, after sneaking around some clouds 'stalking' his prey, soars down to catch him. Bugs makes like an air-traffic controller and "guides" Beaky down, purposely causing him to crash.
Beaky then lands on the ground unable to move or speak. Bugs rises out of his hole and says the phrase, "What's up, doc?" Bugs asks Beaky what he is having, then Beaky grabs Bugs' shoulders and says, "I am going to eat Wabbits." Bugs goes into his rabbit hole to have a shower. Beaky stares at the Fourth wall when he says the line, "I think he's-a-tricking me." Then Beaky pulls Bugs out of his rabbit hole. Bugs, (disguised as a girl) then pops out of his rabbit hole and says, "You naughty naughty boy." in a girl's voice. And as soon as he said that, Beaky went all gibberish and embarrassed with a red face going, "Oh no no, oh no." Then Bugs whacked Beaky's bottom with his towel, then as soon as Beaky reached the ground, Bugs hid behind the rocks. Beaky was looking for Bugs when he suddenly jumped out from behind the rocks and played with his throat.
After some heckling and trickery from Bugs, a chase ensues. Beaky manages to grab Bugs in his talons and swoops away. Bugs tickles the buzzard with one of his own tail feathers, resulting in Bugs being released and falling. There is the skeleton of a dead animal resting on the ground and, as Bugs' bottom half is actually driven into the earth, he disturbs the bones and the wildflowers around them. They all come to land around his top half, making it appear that the remains are his. Thinking he is dead, Bugs sobs ("Gruesome, isn't it?", he briefly confides to the audience in a Jerry Colonna-like aside). As he wails, his feet pop out of the ground; when Bugs sees them, then feels them, he laughs with relief and then suggests he knew all along that he was fine. As Bugs wanders along enjoying a carrot, Beaky leaps out and grabs him. After a struggle, the two start jitterbugging together. Bugs says, "Why don't we do this more often," to which Beaky replies, "Ya mean just what we're doing tonight?" This is a quote of the first line of the song "Why Don't We Do This More Often?" After a 'dip', Bugs releases Beaky into a spin; the buzzard twirls like a top over to the skeleton, spins into the earth and himself ends up in the same position Bugs was earlier. He screams "Oh, MA!" and his mother shows up. At first the mother buzzard thinks Bugs did something to Beaky. Bugs assures her 'the kid' is okay, and pulls Beaky out of the ground. Seeing that Beaky is unharmed, the mother abandons her desire to eat Bugs and declares him her hero and kisses him. A blushing Bugs copies Beaky's shyness and embarrassment.
Sara Berner as Mama Buzzard (uncredited)
This cartoon can be found on Volume 1 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection as well on the 1st Spotlight Collection and on Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2.
Having been theatrically released alongside Yankee Doodle Dandy, it has been also included on that DVD.
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