Shishkabugs

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Shishkabugs
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series
Shiskabugs screenshot.png
Cook Yosemite Sam presenting a dinner before the King
Directed byFriz Freleng
Produced byDavid H. DePatie
Story byJohn Dunn
Music byBill Lava
Animation byGerry Chiniquy
Virgil Ross
Bob Matz
Lee Halpern
Art Leonardi
Layouts byHawley Pratt
Backgrounds byTom O'Loughlin
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s)December 8, 1962
Color processTechnicolor
Running time5 minutes 34 seconds
LanguageEnglish

Shishkabugs is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animated short directed by Friz Freleng and starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. The title of the short is a play on shish kebab, a type of grilled meat.

With only 5 minutes and 05 seconds of footage (not counting the credits and cards), Shishkabugs is the shortest Bugs Bunny short ever made in the Golden Age of American animation. Shishkabugs is also a rare cartoon where Yosemite Sam is in the role of a victim instead of being the aggressor.

Plot[edit]

Yosemite Sam is the royal chef for a spoiled king (a caricature of Charles Laughton, who frequently played kings and similar heads of state). On his way back to the castle from grocery shopping, Sam complains that the king never thanks him for his hard work in having to both pick up groceries and prepare meals three times every day, but that the king instead whines that Sam takes too long with preparing the meals, much to Sam's annoyance ("Cook! Cook! Where's my lunch? Where's my dinner?"). This drives Sam to the point where he insults the king behind his back.

After Sam prepares the king's latest meal, which consists of "Cornish Hen a la Westchester" and "Prime Rib of Mutton au Jus with kreplach Sauce Bordelaise," the king just kicks the dishes away and orders Sam to take it all away. He then tells Sam he's fed up with having "variety" at his meals. Wanting something different for real, the king orders Sam to fix him some hasenpfeffer. Sam agrees to carry out the king's request, but doesn't know what hasenpfeffer is. When Sam checks back just to make sure the king said the right word, the king answers the question by throwing a bowl of custard into Sam's face. Angry at this, Sam again insults the king behind his back ("OOH! I hate that honorable royal majestic graciousness!").

While Sam is looking up the recipe, Bugs Bunny knocks on the door and explains that as he's one of the rabbits residing in the king's royal forest, he's come to borrow a cup of diced carrots. Sam just slams the door on Bugs and returns to the cookbook, only to discover that hasenpfeffer is a dish that includes a rabbit as one of the ingredients. Realizing whom he had just shooed away, Sam rushes out after Bugs.

Sam manages to trick Bugs into thinking that the king has invited Bugs for dinner. Bugs demurs, saying that he is not prepared; but Sam assures Bugs that he will "prepare" him.

While Sam adds the required ingredients to the pot, Bugs states how glad he is to be a rabbit; but, after Sam reads that he's to place Bugs into the oven and heat him at 350 degrees F, Bugs sees that he's been duped. Bugs gets out of the pot and pretends to go off to another commitment; but Sam blocks the exit and threatens him with the meat ax, forcing Bugs to return to the pot (with Bugs stating that, if it's that important, he'll stay).

At this point, the king is starting to get impatient and whine that Sam is taking too long to make the hasenpfeffer. Realizing there's no time to cook Bugs, Sam just shuts him in the pot and serves him to the eager king. Just as the king lifts the pot lid, Bugs springs up and gives the king a kiss. After spitting out Bugs's cooties, the king scolds Sam for serving him the hasenpfeffer completely raw; the king then orders Sam to take it back to the kitchen and prepare it the right way, or else Sam will be "drawn and quartered".

Not wanting to face execution for his mistake, Sam shoves Bugs into the oven and demands that he stay there until the cooking time is up. Sam then pulls out an hourglass that gives the time for hasenpfeffer, prime ribs, fish, and fowl. While Sam's back is turned, Bugs escapes the oven (commenting on how hot it is in there) and leaves. As soon as the hourglass hits zero for hasenpfeffer, Sam thinks he's safe.

As the king starts getting impatient and once again begins shouting that Sam is taking too long, Sam brings out the supposed hasenpfeffer and presents it to the king. The king remarks that he hopes that Sam has prepared the hasenpfeffer the right way. He lifts the pot lid, and a spring released banana coconut creme pie (planted by Bugs just before he left) springs out and hits the king in the face. The king calls for the guards to arrest Sam for his "crime", announcing that Sam is fired; a pair of clumsy guards rush in, arrest Sam, and lead him to the dungeon to await execution.

After a brief scene showing a sign reading "Cook Wanted," Bugs, now the new royal chef, serves the king his hasenpfeffer. The king removes the pot lid and eats a giant carrot, which Bugs is passing off as hasenpfeffer. The king comments, "If I didn't know this was hasenpfeffer, I'd swear it was carrots."

Bugs then closes one eye and, breaking the fourth wall, remarks to the audience with an English cockney accent: "It just goes to show you how a one-eyed Jack ([sotto voce] rabbit) can beat a king!"

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Bill of Hare
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1962
Succeeded by
Devil's Feud Cake