The title is a Brooklynese way of saying "gets the bird", which can refer to an obscene gesture; in this case, it is also used metaphorically, as Bugs "gets" the buzzard by playing a trick, a very evil and nasty trick. In the title card, Bugs is being chased by Beaky, trying to eat him.
A mother buzzard instructs her children to go out and catch something for dinner, horse, steer, moose, pig and cow, respectively. Three out of four agree to their mom's food choices and take off right away. Then Mother notices one of her kids remaining with his back turned. Beaky (called "Killer" here) is painfully shy, easily embarrassed, and a little on the slow side. His mother kicks him out of the nest with instructions to catch a rabbit. Beaky spots Bugs Bunny and soars down to catch him. Bugs makes like an air-traffic controller and "guides" Beaky to the ground with a crash. Upon getting up, he is greeted with the familiar "Eh, what's up Doc?" A chase ensues ending with Bugs crashing into the ground underneath the skeleton of a dead animal. He cries because he thinks he's dead, then laughs it off when he realizes otherwise. Beaky ends up the same way, and just as he begins to call for his mother in panic, she shows up. At first the mother buzzard thinks Bugs did something to her son. Bugs pulls Beaky out of the ground; at which time the mother buzzard kisses Bugs, causing him to blush and say "Nope, nope, nope," just like Beaky.
- Minerva Pious's character Mrs. Nussbaum - Mama Buzzard
- Edgar Bergen's character Mortimer Snerd - Beaky
- Billy De Wolfe - "You naughty, naughty boy!"
- Jerry Colonna - "Gruesome, isn't it?"
- Harold Lloyd - missing body scene from The Freshman
- This is the first appearance of Beaky Buzzard.
- Beaky Buzzard is a caricature of Edgar Bergen's character, Mortimer Snerd.
- The part where Bugs and Killer are temporarily fooled into thinking that the bones are theirs is a reference to a Harold Lloyd film, The Freshman.
- Bugs asks Beaky "Why don't we do this more often?" and Beaky replies, "You mean just what we're doing tonight?" This refers to the 1941 Kay Kyser song "Why Don't We Do This More Often?"
- This short is the only classic Beaky Buzzard cartoon that was not reissued in the Blue Ribbon program.
- The cartoon's plot is reworked three years later as "The Bashful Buzzard", but this time Bugs does not appear.
The EU Turner 1995 "dubbed version" replaces the original 1941-1955 Merrie Melodies ending music cue with the 1938-1941 Merrie Melodies ending music cue.
- "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid" at SuperCartoons.net
- "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid" at B98.TV
- Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid at the Internet Movie Database
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