|Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid|
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 bird (a buzzard) by playing a trick, a very evil and nasty trick.
A mother buzzard instructs her children to go out and catch something for dinner (horse, steer, moose, 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.
- 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.
- This is the first appearance of Beaky Buzzard.
- Beaky Buzzard is a caricature of Edgar Bergen's character, Mortimer Snerd.
- 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.
- (1988) VHS - Cartoon Moviestars: Bugs!
- (1988) LaserDisc - Cartoon Moviestars: Bugs! and Elmer!
- (1998) VHS - Looney Tunes Presents: Bugs Bunny Big Top Bunny (1995 Turner dubbed version)
- (1999) VHS - Looney Tunes: The Collectors Edition Volume 7: Welcome to Wackyland (1995 Turner dubbed version)
- (2003) DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1, Disc Three
- (2003) DVD - Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: Volume 1, Disc 1
- (2012) Blu-ray, DVD - Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2, Disc 2
- (2014) Blu-ray, DVD - Yankee Doodle Dandy (DVD: 1995 Turner dubbed version, Blu-ray: restored)
- (2020) Blu-ray - Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection, Disc 1 (restored)
- HBO Max (2020 - )
- "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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