|What's Cookin' Doc?|
The title is a variant of Bugs' catch-phrase "What's up Doc?" It also hints at one of the scenes in the picture.
At the Academy Awards presentation, color film footage of various Hollywood scenes (edited from A Star Is Born) lead up to the Big Question of the evening: Who will win "the" Oscar? The film shows the stereotypical red carpet arrivals of stars, as well as a human emcee starting to introduce the Oscar show.
With the shadow of a now-animated emcee continuing to introduce the Oscar, and Bugs assuring the viewer that "it's in da bag; I'm a cinch to win". Bugs is stunned when the award goes instead to James Cagney (who had actually won in the previous year's ceremony, for Warner's Yankee Doodle Dandy). Shock turns to anger as Bugs declares the results to be "sa-bo-TAH-gee" ("sabotage") and demands a recount.
Bugs then tries to make his case by showing clips from "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" (which includes clip of Hiawatha attempting to "cook" the rabbit) as proof of his allegedly superior acting (an inside joke, as the cartoon had actually been nominated for an Oscar and lost). He hurls a set of film cans off-screen and tells someone named "Smokey" to "roll 'em!" Bugs tells the audience that these are some of his "best scenes". Immediately a "stag reel" (the title card depicts a grinning stag) starts to roll, and the startled Bugs quickly stops it and switches to the right film.
Finally, he pleads, "What do you say, folks? Do I get it? Or do I get it?" (echoing Fredric March's drunken appeal to the Academy Award banquet audience in A Star Is Born). The emcee asks the audience (in an effected nasal voice), "Shall we give it to him, folks?" and they yell, "Yeh, let's give it to him!" whereupon they shower Bugs with fruits and vegetables (enabling him to briefly do a Carmen Miranda impression)... and an ersatz Oscar labeled "booby prize", which is actually a gold-plated rabbit statue. Bugs is so pleased at winning it, he remarks, "I'll even take youse to bed wit' me every night!" The statue suddenly comes alive, asks in a voice like that of radio character, Bert "The Mad Russian" Gordon, "Do you mean it?", smooches the startled bunny, and takes on an effeminate, hip-swiveling pose.
- (1986) VHS - Viddy-Oh! For Kids Cartoon Festivals' The Best of Bugs Bunny and Friends (with blue borders)
- (1990) VHS - Bugs Bunny Collection The Very Best of Bugs (VHS, MGM/UA), (with red borders)
- (1990) VHS - Bugs Bunny: Superstar
- (1991) LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 1, Side 9: "Hooray for Hollywood" (with red borders)
- (1991) VHS - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Volume 9: Hooray for Hollywood (with red borders)
- (2006) DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4, Disc 1 (through Bugs Bunny: Superstar 1995 USA and EU Turner print)
- (2007) DVD - Captains of the Clouds (1995 USA Turner print)
- (2008) DVD - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection (1995 USA Turner print)
- (2012) DVD - Bugs Bunny: Superstar (new, unrestored transfer)
- (2020) Streaming Service- HBO Max (restored)
- (2020) Blu-ray DVD - Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection (remastered and HD)
Note: All the USA dubbed version releases have minor split cuts.
The entire short was one of the twelve Bugs Bunny cartoons that were banned from airing on Cartoon Network's June Bugs marathon in 2001, since it included a clip from Friz Freleng's "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt", which features a Native American stereotype. The racially-insensitive content is actually light compared to shorts like "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" and "All This and Rabbit Stew". "What's Cookin', Doc?" has been shown on the Turner-owned networks TBS and TNT in the early 1990s and on Cartoon Network on The Bob Clampett Show, Bugs and Daffy, and The Looney Tunes Show compilation show.[citation needed|date=]
- While the USA Turner 1995 dubbed print retains the original Merrie Melodies ending music cue, the EU Turner 1995 dubbed print replaces the original Merrie Melodies ending music cue with the 1938-41 Merrie Melodies ending music cue.
- This cartoon was used in the documentary Bugs Bunny: Superstar.
- This is the final cartoon to use the 1942-43 Red Color Rings.
- Buster Keaton
- Charlie Chaplin
- Ernst Lubitsch
- Harold Lloyd
- Laurel and Hardy
- The Three Stooges
- "What's Cookin' Doc?" at SuperCartoons.net