The Bashful Buzzard

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The Bashful Buzzard
Looney Tunes series
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"Blue Ribbon" reissue title card for The Bashful Buzzard
Directed by Robert Clampett
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Michael Sasanoff
Voices by Mel Blanc
Kent Rogers (uncredited)
Sara Berner (uncredited)
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by Bob McKimson
Additional animation:
Rod Scribner
Manny Gould
(all uncredited)
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) September 15, 1945
Color process Technicolor
Language English

The Bashful Buzzard is a 7-minute animated cartoon completed in 1944 and released on September 15, 1945.[1][2] It is directed by Robert Clampett and features the character Beaky Buzzard. This is the last cartoon in which Kent Rogers performed voices, as he died in a training flight accident on July 9, 1944. It is also the last Warner Bros. cartoon that for which Sara Berner performed voice work.


Ivan Vivanco is sent to bring home something to eat. While his brothers fetch a milk cow (with farmer attached), a string of circus elephants (including a baby one brandishing a banner reading "I am NOT Dumbo", a reference to the Disney film of the same name) and a dog attached to a fire hydrant, Beaky manages to capture a baby bumble bee. The bee's mother then comes and stings Beaky, who falls down near a lake. There he sees the small head of what turns out to be a large dragon. Beaky starts running from the dragon, and the scene changes to the mother buzzard worrying about her son not returning home until late at night. When he comes, she is both glad that he came and angry that he brought nothing for dinner. However, when the camera moves down, it is revealed that he has eventually caught the dragon, who dismisses the mother's claim by saying "Well now, I wouldn't say that!" (a la Mr. Peavey of The Great Gildersleeve).


  1. ^ Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice And Magic: A History Of American Animated Cartoons (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Plume. p. 428. ISBN 0-452-25993-2. 
  2. ^ Webb, Graham (2011). The Animated Film Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences 1900-1999 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7864-4985-9. 

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