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Baby Buggy Bunny
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Directed By: Chuck Jones
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: December 18, 1954
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Ben Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Ken Harris
Abe Levitow
Layouts: Ernie Nordli
Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Bugs Bunny
Baby Face Finster
Preceded By: Sheep Ahoy
Succeeded By: Pizzicato Pussycat
Merrie Melodies - Baby Buggy Bunny

Merrie Melodies - Baby Buggy Bunny

Baby Buggy Bunny is a 1954 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones.

Plot

Ant Hill Harry (a.k.a. Baby Face Finster), a thirty-five-year-old man who resembles a baby, makes a successful robbery of the Last National Bank by the swift use of stilts, dark clothes, a carriage and baby clothing.

Finster loses his money down Bugs' rabbit hole and gets himself unofficially adopted in order to gain it back. Multiple attempts to grab it are interpreted as a baby's typical grabbiness. Finster even pulls and fires a gun but this still does not fully register with Bugs. Finster beats Bugs with a baseball bat; he assumes the baby is having a nightmare.

Later, Bugs finds Finster is in the bathroom shaving himself, smoking a cigar, and wearing a tattoo (labeled Maisie, Singapore, 1932). A brief news story on Bugs' television makes the rabbit realize what's going on. He takes the time to torment the man, before trussing him up like a baby. At one point, Finster tries to stab Bugs but stabs himself in the rear. He murmurs inaudible obscenities, causing Bugs to spank him, removing the weapons he had with each blow of Bugs' hand and leaving him and the money at the police station. "We'll just HAVE to learn NOT TO PLAY WITH KNIVES and NOT to use NAUGHTY WORDS! And BELIEVE me, Finster, this hurts you MORE than it does ME!" Finster does not take it well, throwing a wild tantrum to which a visiting Bugs says to him through a barred window at Finster's Alcatraz cell, in which Finster has been locked up in a metal playpen within the cell, "Don't be such a crybaby. After all, ninety-nine years ain't forever."

Censorship

  • On ABC, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and the syndicated version of The Merrie Melodies Show, the part where Finster draws a gun on Bugs and Bugs thinks it's a toy (until he gets shot in the face) was cut. Even though the scene doesn't change during this edit, the cut is fairly obvious due to the jump on the audio track.[1]
  • ABC's version also cut Bugs shaking Baby Finster, admonishing him about playing with dirty money, sticking him in a washing machine, then hurling him into the ceiling, realizing that he has forgotten his fudge, and letting Finster fall to the ground. The ABC edited version just shows Bugs catching Finster climbing the bookshelf and the "Oh, dear, I do believe I've forgotten my fudge"/falling scene, making it look like Finster just fell off the bookshelf.[1]
  • Some syndicated versions shorten the part where Bugs shakes Finster, though the other scenes of alleged child abuse (the washing machine and hurling Finster into the ceiling) were left intact.[1]

Notes

  • The 2006 film Little Man employs a similar storyline, and on January 22, 2007, was given a Razzie nomination for "Worst Remake or Rip-off" for shamelessly ripping off this storyline, which it went on to 'win'.[2]
  • Finster's tall, dark, stranger disguise was used throughout The Bugs Bunny Mystery Special with footage of the bank robbery reused. At the end, it was revealed that Porky Pig was wearing the disguise to get the story going.

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Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1938 Porky's Hare Hunt
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1940 Elmer's Candid CameraA Wild Hare
1941 Elmer's Pet RabbitTortoise Beats HareHiawatha's Rabbit HuntThe Heckling HareAll This and Rabbit StewWabbit Twouble
1942 The Wabbit Who Came to SupperThe Wacky WabbitHold the Lion, PleaseBugs Bunny Gets the BoidFresh HareThe Hare-Brained HypnotistCase of the Missing Hare
1943 Tortoise Wins by a HareSuper-RabbitJack-Wabbit and the BeanstalkWackiki WabbitFalling Hare
1944 Little Red Riding RabbitWhat's Cookin' Doc?Bugs Bunny and the Three BearsBugs Bunny Nips the NipsHare Ribbin'Hare ForceBuckaroo BugsThe Old Grey HareStage Door Cartoon
1945 Herr Meets HareThe Unruly HareHare TriggerHare ConditionedHare Tonic
1946 Baseball BugsHare RemoverHair-Raising HareAcrobatty BunnyRacketeer RabbitThe Big SnoozeRhapsody Rabbit
1947 Rabbit TransitA Hare Grows in ManhattanEaster YeggsSlick Hare
1948 Gorilla My DreamsA Feather in His HareRabbit PunchBuccaneer BunnyBugs Bunny Rides AgainHaredevil HareHot Cross BunnyHare SplitterA-Lad-In His LampMy Bunny Lies over the Sea
1949 Hare DoMississippi HareRebel RabbitHigh Diving HareBowery BugsLong-Haired HareKnights Must FallThe Grey Hounded HareThe Windblown HareFrigid HareWhich Is WitchRabbit Hood
1950 Hurdy-Gurdy HareMutiny on the BunnyHomeless HareBig House BunnyWhat's Up Doc?8 Ball BunnyHillbilly HareBunker Hill BunnyBushy HareRabbit of Seville
1951 Hare We GoRabbit Every MondayBunny HuggedThe Fair Haired HareRabbit FireFrench RarebitHis Hare Raising TaleBallot Box BunnyBig Top Bunny
1952 Operation: RabbitFoxy by Proxy14 Carrot RabbitWater, Water Every HareThe Hasty HareOily HareRabbit SeasoningRabbit's KinHare Lift
1953 Forward March HareUp-Swept HareSouthern Fried RabbitHare TrimmedBully For BugsLumber Jack-RabbitDuck! Rabbit, Duck!Robot Rabbit
1954 Captain HareblowerBugs and ThugsNo Parking HareDevil May HareBewitched BunnyYankee Doodle BugsBaby Buggy Bunny
1955 Beanstalk BunnySahara HareHare BrushRabbit RampageThis Is a Life?Hyde and HareKnight-Mare HareRoman Legion-Hare
1956 Bugs' BonnetsBroom-Stick BunnyRabbitson CrusoeNapoleon Bunny-PartBarbary-Coast BunnyHalf-Fare HareA Star Is BoredWideo WabbitTo Hare Is Human
1957 Ali Baba BunnyBedevilled RabbitPiker's PeakWhat's Opera, Doc?Bugsy and MugsyShow Biz BugsRabbit Romeo
1958 Hare-less WolfHare-Way to the StarsNow, Hare ThisKnighty Knight BugsPre-Hysterical Hare
1959 Baton BunnyHare-abian NightsApes of WrathBackwoods BunnyWild and Woolly HareBonanza BunnyA Witch's Tangled HarePeople Are Bunny
1960 Horse HarePerson to BunnyRabbit's FeatFrom Hare to HeirLighter Than Hare
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitCompressed HarePrince Violent
1962 Wet HareBill of HareShishkabugs
1963 Devil's Feud CakeThe Million HareHare-Breadth HurryThe UnmentionablesMad as a Mars HareTransylvania 6-5000
1964 Dumb PatrolDr. Devil and Mr. HareThe Iceman DuckethFalse Hare
1979 Bugs Bunny's Christmas CarolFright Before Christmas
1980 Portrait of the Artist as a Young BunnySpaced Out Bunny
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 Blooper Bunny
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
1996 From Hare to Eternity
2004 Hare and Loathing In Las VegasDaffy Duck for President
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