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Long-Haired Hare

1948

Summary: Bugs retaliates against an opera singer for destroying his musical instruments.

Director: Chuck Jones

Writer: Michael Maltese

Featuring: Bugs Bunny.

Onreel

0:23 Sound cue: Right from the start we are hit with "Largo al factotum" from "The Barber of Seville." (See comments at Rabbit of Seville.)

0:37 Sound cue: Bugs is singing "A Rainy Night In Rio." This song has been performed by an astonishing array of recording artists.

0:56 "Largo al factotum" again.

1:54 Sound cue: While the singer attempts to continue with "Largo al factotum," Bugs is playing "My Gal Is a High-Born Lady." Bugs is not singing the original lyrics to this song, written by the song's composer, minstrel-show performer Barney Fagan. The original lyrics would have been considered racist even in 1948.

2:30 Sound cue: "When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba." This piece, performed by many artists over the years, does have lyrics (notably recorded by Rudy Vallee), but Bugs' version reminds me most of Spike Jones' instrumental version, which emphasizes the tuba solo.

2:44 "Of course you know this means war."

2:52 "Giovanni Jones" may very well be a joke on Chuck Jones, as "Carlo Jonzi" was for Rabbit of Seville.

3:07 Sound cue: Jones' first number is part of the sextet from "Lucia di Lammermoor."

3:25 "Acoustically poifect."

4:06 Back to "Largo al factotum."

4:16 Sound cue: During the autograph sequence, the orchestra is playing part of Richard Wagner's Lohengrin (Act 3 Prelude, I am informed.) The bobbysoxer getup counts as a Bugs In Drag point. "Frankie and Perry just aren't in it" refers to Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.

4:45 Sound cue: Overture to "Beautiful Galatea" by Franz von Suppé. Apparently none of von Suppé's operas are much performed anymore, but his overtures have been rifled frequently for uses like this. Other Warner cartoons use the overtures to "Poet and Peasant" and "Light Cavalry."

4:51 "Leopold!" Bugs is impersonating Leopold Stokowski. Stokowski conducted bare-handed, which is why Bugs breaks the other conductor's baton.

7:21 "Good Evening Friends ...."

Offreel

One day it's going to need explaining that classical/orchestral music was sometimes referred to as "long-hair music" because the performers (and some enthusiasts) wore their hair long - long by 1940's standards, meaning it actually may have touched one's shirt collar! Later the 1960's would come along and totally make hash of this phrase.

This cartoon's scenery (the mountains, the modernist ranch house, etc) definitely invokes California, so we can be excused for assuming that the concert takes place in the Hollywood Bowl. Besides, Stokowski really did conduct at the Hollywood Bowl many times in the 1930's and 1940's.

Wikipedia: "Giovanni Jones' singing voice remained uncredited and unknown for many years. It was since revealed to have been provided by opera singer Nicolai Shutorov. This is noted in the commentary voice-over provided on the DVD."

The sextet from "Lucia di Lammermoor" by Donizetti, properly called "Chi mi frena in tal momento," also makes an appearance in Book Revue and in Back Alley Oproar.

This cartoon is one of the few times Bugs ever takes off one of his gloves.

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