This Is a Life?

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This Is A Life?
This is a Life title card.png
Title card
Directed byI. Freleng
Produced byEdward Selzer
(uncredited)
Story byWarren Foster
Additional story:
Michael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
(both uncredited)
StarringVoice characterization:
Mel Blanc
Additional voice characterization:
Arthur Q. Bryan
June Foray
(both uncredited)
Music byMilt Franklyn
Animation byTed Bonnicksen
Arthur Davis
Additional animation:
Virgil Ross (uncredited)
Layouts byHawley Pratt
Backgrounds byIrv Wyner
Additional backgrounds:
Paul Julian
Phillip DeGuard
(both uncredited)
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
July 9, 1955 (US)
Running time
7:00
LanguageEnglish

This Is a Life? is a Warner Bros. animated cartoon of the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Friz Freleng, written by Warren Foster, and produced by Edward Selzer, with music directed by Milt Franklyn. Originally released to theatres on July 9, 1955, the voices are done by Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, and June Foray. This is one of the few Bugs Bunny cartoons whose title does not contain Bugs, bunny, rabbit or hare.

This is one of the only two Warner Bros. shorts in the original classic era of Looney Tunes (the other being A Star Is Bored) in which Bugs is paired with his main three antagonists. This is also the first time that June Foray provides the voice of Granny, which Foray would then reprise for nearly 60 years.

Summary[edit]

In a parody of 1952's This is Your Life, Elmer Fudd (aping Ralph Edwards) is the host and Bugs Bunny is the guest of honor, much to the disgust of Daffy Duck. Granny, who is sitting next to Daffy, hits him on the head with the handle of her umbrella to keep him quiet after being bored with him ranting about not being the "guest of honor". Daffy goes out of his way to try and sabotage Bugs by making irate comments about him and goading Elmer to throw Bugs out. Each time, Granny becomes increasingly annoyed by him and hits Daffy on the head with her umbrella (telling him "Shut up!").

Meanwhile, Bugs reminisces about his childhood and then with Elmer and Yosemite Sam about his previous encounters with both of them (reviewed via footage from past Bugs Bunny cartoons A Hare Grows in Manhattan, Hare Do and Buccaneer Bunny), with the last two showing Bugs getting the best of them as usual.

Elmer and Sam plan to finally get even with Bugs by presenting him with a special "gift" — a time bomb wrapped up in a box — in appreciation of their "friendship". However, a jealous Daffy stubbornly refusing to believe that he is not the guest of honor and grabs the gift after a bout with the three of them passing it off to each other. Sam, Elmer and Bugs cover their ears as they figures out what the gift really is-but not Daffy-saying "After all, this should've been mine anyway! I really deserve it!"-, and takes the resulting explosion. Naturally, Daffy angrily returns and ends up telling Bugs: "You're... You're... You're despicable!", then leaves in a huff.

Cast[edit]

Mel Blanc as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam and Announcer

Arthur Q. Bryan as Elmer Fudd (uncredited)

June Foray as Granny (uncredited)

Availability[edit]

This Is a Life? is featured uncut & digitally remastered on the new Looney Tunes Superstars DVD set, "Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl". However, it was cropped down to widescreen format; which caused anger among most Looney Tunes fans and collectors.

Analysis[edit]

The cartoon uses arranged music for the opening title card and the introductory credits before showing the title of the picture.

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Rabbit Rampage
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1955
Succeeded by
Hyde and Hare