FROM JASON’S BLAG-O-METER — Well, you asked for it. Our post on The Best of Bugs and Yosemite Sam continues to get mad hits, and I figure we should give the people what they want.
Bugsy and Mugsy
When two bank-robbing gangsters use Bugs Bunny’s apartment as a hideout, Bugs decides to toy with them until the coppers arrive.Friz Freleng gets credit for creating Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Speedy Gonzales, Porky Pig, Tweety, and Sylvester, but Rocky is one of the best. In this short, Bugs is used almost just a catalyst for Rocky’s Al Capone-ish quirks and diction (“Turn it on, the radio.”) I also love how the Looney Tunes world seems to persistently remain in the 1930s even as Freleng directed for Warner Bros. into the 1980s.
The way Bugs Bunny plays Bugsy and Mugsy against each other — whispering into the ears of each so they fight — has always reminded me of that early passage in The Hobbit where Bilbo does the same to the trolls to rescue the party of dwarves.
“Arise, Sir Loin of Beef. Arise, Earl of Cloves. Arise, Duke of Brittingham. Arise, Baron of Munchausen. Arise, Essence of Myrrh, Milk of Magnesia, Quarter of Ten.”
Here’s further proof that Bugs Bunny is a dick. The Sheriff of Nottingham (who doesn’t hold a candle to Alan Rickman) is just trying to do his job and gets the tar knocked out of him for his dedication to the crown.
Count Bloodcount hasn’t a chance against his rabbit guest after Bugs learns a couple of magic words, and Bugs totally spawn-camps the vampire into submission.
Ali Baba Bunny
Bugs always uses his opponents’ greed against them. While Daffy is busy trying to steal Ali Baba’s treasure and fending off the guard, Hasan, Bugs tries to wash his hands of the situation calmly. It seems like Bugs became more and more apathetic to wealth and possessions as Chuck Jones aged.