- Nov 11, 2004
Jerry Seinfeld must have been a huge fan, as he performs the entire “This Is It” song on one of his Seinfeld shows (I don’t recall which one).
I certainly do! Where are these stills from the stage scenes coming from?On December 20, 1960, Bugs introduced Porky Pig as host of the 11th episode of The Bugs Bunny Show.
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Porky is continually interrupted by Charlie Dog, who is still looking for a master. Chuck Jones' unit recycles some of the animation and dialogue from Awful Orphan(1949).
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Claude Cat finds that Two's A Crowd when dealing with the frisky puppy disturbing his domestic idyll.
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Charlie Dog tries to show Porky all of his finest canine attributes.
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Sylvester and Tweety are All A Bir-r-r-d a train as the cat continues his efforts to catch the bird.
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Porky finally blows his top and ejects Charlie Dog from the studio.
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Bugs introduces his encounter with Commander X-2 as the Martian tries to collect a typical Earth creature for examination in The Hasty Hare.
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Jones' unit even included a caricature of Friz Freleng as an exasperated astronomer in The Hasty Hare.
The Bugs Bunny Show(1960-1962) was before my time, but I came of age watching The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show every Saturday, which preserved many of the same interstitial sequences prepared originally for the prime time version of the show. Bugs Bunny is my personal favorite, but I still do not want to watch 10 or 20 Bugs Bunny shorts in a row, which is how these cartoons are typically spooned out to us on home video. But take the same 10 or 20 Bugs Bunny cartoons, and mix them up with Porky, Daffy, Pepe Le Pew, Speedy Gonzalez, Foghorn Leghorn, Sylvester, Tweety, Claude Cat, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, and I could watch these cartoons all day long.
This is the genius inherent in the concept of The Bugs Bunny Show and its various successor shows. A mixed presentation of these great characters makes the sum of entertainment value greater than the individual parts. The eleventh episode of The Bugs Bunny Show was a great example of this. Start with Claude Cat, then Sylvester and Tweety, and cap it off with Bugs Bunny, and you leave the audience wanting more.
Who wants to see more of this great show?
Some of the interstitial scenes for the episode from December 20, 1960, can be seen on the Facebook page of GoldenAgeCartoons.com. Unfortunately, the studio does not allow full episodes of The Bugs Bunny Show to be posted online, and attempts by others to post full episodes online have resulted in copyright infringement claims by the studio and removal of the footage from YouTube and other sites. The irony is that the studio seems to have no interest in releasing The Bugs Bunny Show in any form, but it will not allow others to share full episodes online so that all the people who want to see the show can enjoy it,I certainly do! Where are these stills from the stage scenes coming from?
Thanks for the info, that's interesting. I am also under the impression that some of the cartoons in the shows were changed in 1964 when Porky Pig was spun off onto his own show. It seems the Porky cartoons on "The Bugs Bunny Show" were replaced with other cartoons, but in a few shows I have which are examples of this, the original cartoon is still listed in the closing credits.I can now confirm that there are 2 different network versions of episode 25, which aired originally on March 28, 1961. In both versions, Daffy Duck's efforts to host The Bugs Bunny Show were thwarted by the Tasmanian Devil. Although the same bridging animation was used in both versions, which was produced by the Robert McKimson unit, the cartoon shorts in each version are different. The shorts included in the first version were Henhouse Henery(1949), Curtain Razor(1949), and Devil May Hare(1954). The second version had the following shorts included: All Fowled Up(1955), Dog Collared(1950), and Bunny Hugged(1951). (Note that both sets of cartoons include a Foghorn, Porky, and Bugs cartoon in the same order, since both versions harmonize well with the bridging animation when substituted in the same order of sequence.)
Until recently, I believed that All Fowled Up(1955), Dog Collared(1950), and Bunny Hugged(1951) may have appeared originally in the episode when it first aired on March 28, 1961. The basis of my belief was the existence of a 16mm network print with these 3 cartoons listed in the credits at the end of the episode. (See below.)
These closing credits are the most reliable reference for which shorts were included in the episode, and this 16mm print clearly shows the shorts as All Fowled Up(1955), Dog Collared(1950), and Bunny Hugged(1951). Although some shorts were swapped in and out of the episodes when shown on Saturday mornings beginning in 1962, the closing credits were never altered, to the best of my knowledge, and definitely not in any 16mm prints that I have reviewed. For example, a 16mm print from 1966 of season 2, episode 7 ("Ballpoint Puns") replaced Claws For Alarm with Room and Bird. I can verify that Claws For Alarm was the original short because Claws For Alarm was clearly indicated in the closing credits on the print from 1966. Did the network decide that Claws For Alarm was too creepy for children in the audience on Saturday morning? It is possible. Another possibility is that Claws For Alarm had been appropriated for appearance in The Porky Pig Show(1964-1967) and was no longer available in the same package of shorts when this episode aired on Saturday morning in 1966. If this was the case, then it is not surprising that one Sylvester cartoon(with Porky) was replaced with another Sylvester cartoon(sans Porky).
I recently located a 16mm print overseas which confirms that Henhouse Henery(1949), Curtain Razor(1949), and Devil May Hare(1954) appeared originally in the episode. These shorts are actually on the print, and more significantly, these shorts are listed in the closing credits as well. (See below.)
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Seeing is believing. We now have confirmation of 2 different versions of the same episode with 2 different sets of cartoon shorts used as the featured material.
Before seeing these 2 prints, all of the historical documentation that I had ever seen supported the fact that no shorts other than Henhouse Henery, Curtain Razor, and Devil May Hare were ever featured in this episode.
Robert McKimson's original script for this episode, which shows later dialogue changes interlineated on the pages, actually has Henhouse Henery, Curtain Razor, and Devil May Hare handwritten onto the script pages to show their intended placement in the episode. (See below.)
I reviewed a 16mm print of the preceding episode, no. 24, on which the coming attractions portion at the end of the episode showed previews of Henhouse Henery, Curtain Razor, and Devil May Hare. This tends to confirm that this version of the episode is the one that aired originally on ABC-TV on March 28, 1961.
How do we explain the existence, then, of this alternate version of episode #25 featuring All Fowled Up, Dog Collared, and Bunny Hugged? I believe that this second version was prepared later, during the original production cycle of The Bugs Bunny Show, for airing as a rerun in primetime on the network.
Why were the changes made to this episode? Note the dialogue changes made on McKimson's script pages, which are the same as the final versions recorded with dialogue and animated for inclusion in the episode. Bugs' dialogue handwritten in on line 36 of the script pages ("All the woild loves a lover...") is almost identical to the dialogue spoken by Bugs in the ending of Devil May Hare(1954), which immediately precedes this portion of the script.
The producers of The Bugs Bunny Show may have realized this unnecessary repetition, either before or after the episode aired originally, and then switched out the shorts so that Bugs was not repeating the same dialogue approximately 1 minute later. This would seem to explain the substitution of Devil May Hare with Bunny Hugged. It does not explain the substitutions of the other cartoon shorts, however, unless that was an aesthetic judgment made when the Bugs cartoons were switched.
Does anyone have any other theories to explain 2 different versions of this episode? I do not know if any contemporaneous documentation still exists to explain this, but it is indisputable that there are 2 alternate versions of this episode. This leads one to wonder if there are alternate versions of any other episodes from its primetime run on ABC-TV from 1960 to 1962.