Spaced Out Bunny
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|Merrie Melodies (Bugs Bunny) series|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones
|Produced by||Chuck Jones|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||May 21, 1980|
|Running time||6 Minutes|
Spaced Out Bunny is a Warner Bros. cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian. The cartoon was part of the television special Bugs Bunny's Bustin' Out All Over on CBS, which aired May 21, 1980.
Spaced Out Bunny is one of four Bugs Bunny cartoons produced during 1979-1980, the first new shorts since 1964's False Hare. Spaced Out Bunny would also be the last Warner Brothers-released short to have Mel Blanc voicing Bugs.
While walking in a forest, Bugs Bunny wonders aloud how everyone is out to get everyone else; this is illustrated by hostile behavior as Bugs' interacts with, among other things, a rock and a butterfly. He then sees a carrot and begins to eat it, unaware that it is a trap set by Marvin the Martian.
Marvin's purpose for capturing Bugs (with what Marvin explains is an "ACME Super Rack and Pinion Tranquilizer Carrot") is to provide a playmate for Hugo the Abominable Snowman (from 1961's The Abominable Snow Rabbit). After Bugs awakens and realizes where he is, Marvin explains his rationale before turning Hugo loose on Bugs ("Oh no, not again!" cries Bugs, remembering his earlier encounter with Hugo). Hugo reprises his lines from Snow Rabbit, including his intention to "hug him and squeeze him and name him George." Bugs regains the upper hand on his captors by suggesting to Hugo that he needs a robot; Marvin attempts to make a getaway but Hugo reaches into the spaceship and repeats his "I will call him George" lines. When an agitated Marvin demands that Hugo cease his behavior, an angry Hugo spanks Marvin.
Bugs then whispers in Hugo's ear, suggesting something that he would be good at. The scene cuts to Hugo's wrist, where he proudly displays his new "Mickey Martian" wristwatch. Bugs then climbs into the spacecraft and gets Hugo to practice his Frisbee toss by hurling the ship toward the Earth.
- Beck, Jerry and Will Friedwald, "Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons," Henry Holt and Co., New York, 1989. (ISBN 0-8050-0894-2).
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