Bugs & Daffy

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Kill de Wabbit, kill de wabbit..

Feb 18, 2000 (Updated Mar 22, 2004)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:funny on multiple levels

Cons:slapstick cartoon violence

The Bottom Line: A clever cartoon with a wide variety of comic appeal- funny to children and adults.


Okay let's be honest, how many of us grownups can quote MOST of that cartoon? I have loved Bugs Bunny ever since I was a kid watching it with my father on Saturday mornings. Now, I watch it with my children- the circle of life in action...no, wait, that's Disney.

Bugs bunny is one of those cartoons that is written on many different levels- references to operas, classical music, and many other things make this cartoon as entertaining to adults as it is to kids- maybe more so. I know I watch it when no one else is around!

When I was a teenager, there was a movement to cut out all the violence from Bugs Bunny cartoons. I thought then, and still do, that that is a grave injustice to the cartoons themselves. As I watched a cartoon and there was an obvious cut when something violent was about to happen (Elmer Fudd shooting someone, etc), I shook my head. It threw off the pacing and while the VIOLENCE itself wasn't the funny part, it was required for the funny part, which was the character's REACTION to the violence- the Coyote holding up his signs ("I'm falling"), Daffy with his beak in his hand after being blown off his head, those were the moments that made me laugh. I never thought about "copying" those acts (as the antiviolence camp tried to tell everyone in order to justify cutting up those cartoons)- they were just cartoons, for pete's sake! If they were more realistic, I could understand, but the cartoon animals just didn't inspire any thoughts on that level. They have restored them to their former glory- no more cutting in the middle, and I am grateful.

While Bugs Bunny is funny in one way, Daffy is just as funny, but for opposite reasons. Bugs is funny because of the things he does (proactive), while Daffy is funny for the things that are done TO him (reactive). One of my favorite cartoons has Daffy getting his beak shot off several times. Daffy portraying Robin Hood is another- he is the original "loveable curmudgeon". I think Bugs and Daffy's popularity has to do with their relatability- every one is like them or knows someone like them. Chuck Jones once said that "Everybody WANTS to be like Bugs, but MOST of us are like Daffy".

Long live Bugs! Entertaining his 4th generation, and still going strong.


Recommend this product? Yes

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