Shrunken Cinema/Termite Terrace/Bunny Hugged

From Eccentric Flower

Bunny Hugged

1950

Summary: Bugs ends up participating in a wrestling match.

Director: Chuck Jones

Writer: Michael Maltese

Featuring: Bugs Bunny.

Onreel

0:19 Sound cue: Stalling's "What's Up, Doc?" theme.

0:35 Sound cue anytime the MC is making announcements: Sousa "Washington Post March."

1:23 J. Arthur Rank style gong.

1:32 Sound cue for female dancers: "Voices of Spring" (Strauss).

1:35 Sound cue as the "dinner trays" are brought out with Ravishing Ronald and Bugs: Raymond Scott's "Dinner Music For a Pack of Hungry Cannibals."

1:40 Ravishing Ronald is similar in both schtick (spraying perfume, bobby pins, etc) and appearance to famous professional wrestler Gorgeous George - see Offreel. The "de-natured boy" comment is a joke on a different wrestler of the time, "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers.

3:30 Sound cue while Bugs is gripping The Crusher's head: "Cuddle Up a Little Closer." When Bugs says, "Had enough?" The Crusher responds with a "Shuffle Off To Buffalo."

4:03 Sound cue the second time Bugs attempts to get a hold on The Crusher: "Every Little Movement."

4:43 "Stychen Tyme's" entrance music is "What's Up, Doc?" again. Just in case you don't see through the clever disguise.

5:05 Does anyone still use the old "a stitch in time saves nine" proverb anymore? The music Bugs sings his verse to is also used for "Little Brown Jug," but that music has probably been around since the first caveman started humming.

6:15 When Bugs has Crusher pinned, he literally has him pinned.

6:30 Sound cue when the Crusher extends his hand for a shake: "My Buddy."

Offreel

By the 1940's professional wrestling had long since ceased to be a legitimate sport and had developed into a stage show. It's possible that in wrestling's first Golden Age from about 1940 to 1950, there were still a significant number of viewers who believed the front story that it was an actual, non-staged competition - but even if they believed that, the success of "personality" wrestlers such as Gorgeous George (Wagner) was enough to show even a blind man that these performances were more about spectacle than actual athleticism. Reading about Gorgeous George is very instructional, since he was in some ways the first "modern" wrestler. (That statement is not meant to be an altogether positive one.)

This cartoon is to wrestling what Jones' earlier "Rabbit Punch" was for boxing, including using The Crusher as antagonist in both cases. John T. Smith voices The Crusher here.

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