Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A little bit lighter now...

So - about my blog in general: as I may or may not have said already, I intend for it to be random - I'm a big fan of randomness.  And, although important things are important when they are important, I plan to balance the profound with the trivial. To that end, I present....

Thoughts on The Very Best Cartoons of "my"* Age
I was born in 1972 (thank the gods!!), and although there were many cartoon choices, the best ones shown at the time, and the only ones that are still as wonderful today, were and are the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies-type cartoons: the kind that featured such outstanding characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote, Sam and Ralph, and Elmer Fudd.
(*I know the aforementioned cartoons were all made way before I was born, but since I watched them as a kid they feel like part of my personal kid-in-the-70s past and therefore legitimately "mine".)

Many of my favourites are probably your favourites - although I've never been able to remember the actual titles of the cartoons, thus leading me to utter sentences like "The Kill the Wabbit one is okay, but the Daffy-Duck-Robin-Hood one is way funnier". Recently, however, I scoured the internet for one particular obscure cartoon which I barely remembered but which has always been one of my favourites, and my investigation led me to create and assimilate the following lists and summaries.

My top 15 favourite cartoons that many people are probably sick of but which still make my day:

1. One Froggie Evening, in which a frog sings songs like "Everybody Do the Michigan Ra-a-ag!", dancing with a top hat and a can -- which will NEVER get old! To no one's surprise, I only know the bits of these songs that the frog actually sings.
2. Hare-Way to the Stars: Bugs, Marvin the Martian, and an Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.
3. Ali Baba Bugs, with Bugs and Daffy taking a wrong turn and ending up in Ali Baba's cave. I try to work the following lines into every conversation I can: "I'm rich! I'm rich! I'm a happy miser!"
4. Bully For Bugs, with Bugs as a bullfighter.
5. Robin Hood Daffy: "Yoicks, and away!!!" The best part to quote is "Let's see now...somethin' I missed here...Ho, ha ha, guard, turn, parry, dodge, spin....."
6. The trilogy of Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs and/or Daffy: Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning, and Duck!Rabbit,Duck! (These count as one entry as far as I'm concerned, since each episode features a slightly different wording of the classic "Wabbit Season! Duck Season!" exchange between Bugs and Daffy).
7. Duck Dodgers In the 24th & 1/2 Century.  'Nuff said.
8.The Abominable Snow Rabbit ("...and I will hug him & squeeze him & I will call him George..")
9. Operation: Rabbit ("Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Wile E. Coyote, Genius.")
10. A Sheep in the Deep ("Mornin' Sam". "Mornin' Ralph".)
11. Zoom and Bored, the Coyote/Road Runner cartoon with the catapult that appears to have a personal vendetta against the Road Runner.**
12. For Scent-imental Reasons, featuring Pepe Le Peu & the cat who has accidentally had a white stripe painted down her back. ("Le mew. Le purr.")
13. Long-Haired Hare, in which Bugs anoys the opera singer and later makes him hold a note for so long that the opera house cracks and crumbles in on him.
14. Duck Amuck, in which the animator is mean to Daffy, drawing the wrong scenery, or taking away his voice, or erasing his body and re-drawing a monstrous body with a flag showing a screw and a ball.
15. The Rabbit of Seville, which I actually prefer over What's Opera, Doc?, aka Kill da Wabbit.
**(Truthfully, any and all Coyote vs. Roadrunner cartoons rock just about equally.)

And now for the very best 15 cartoons that you may have missed or at least not seen very often -- if you have not seen them, you should check them out ASAP!

1. Bugs Bonnet: in which lots of different types of hats float out of a truck, landing in the river, on the grass, and on Bugs & Elmer Fudd.
2. Symphony in Slang, the one I was having such a hard time locating, wherein the lady puts on an actual dog and a man is literally beside himself with anger.
3. Hare-Less Wolf, in which the wife-wolf screeches at the husband-wolf to go out and shoot a rabbit for their supper. He keeps forgetting what he's hunting for, and quoting him is so much fun! "Uh, let's see...a wildabeest? No...uh...a raccoon? No, no...uh...water buffalo? No, no...uh...oh yeah, a rabbit!"
4. Bedevilled Rabbit, with Bugs & Taz. I watch it just to hear them say: "John!" "Marsha!" at the end.
5. Transylvania 6-5000, in which Bugs meets a vampire. ("Abraca-pocus! Hocus-cadabra!")
6. A Witch's Tangled Hare: the best Bugs v. Witch Hazel cartoon.
7. Hair-Raising Hare, the Bugs Bunny episode with the mad scientist and the big furry monster & the Peter Lorre-type character.
8. Feed the Kitty, featuring Marc Antony (a huge dog) and Cleo (a cute little cat), in which the enormous dog keeps running around trying to save the little kitten from harm.
9. Pecos Pest: a Tom & Jerry cartoon featuring Jerry's eccentric Uncle Pecos.
10. Tree for Two, with the big dog/little dog combination of Spike and Chester, plus a PANTHER (later copied almost directly with virtually no changes as a cockney version of itself, called Dr. Jerkyl's Hyde).
11. Hyde & Go Tweet, in which Tweety grows monstrous and scares Sylvester.
12. Gorilla My Dreams: Bugs, a drunken stork, & a monkey family.
13. Pop 'Im Pop, featuring Sylvester and his son - who is ashamed and puts a paper bag over his head.
14. Devil May Hare, in which the Tazmanian Devil says my favourite Taz line: "What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?"
15. Bewitched Bunny,  the second best Witch Hazel vs. Bugs cartoon, featuring Hansel & Gretel.

Lastly, I must mention a fantastic source of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies info (aside from Wikipedia, YouTube, and miscellaneous search engines):

1 comment:

  1. As you know, I'm a devotee of Chuck Jones. As far as I'm concerned, "One Froggy Evening" is the greatest animated short ever made.

    On a related note, what, no love for "What's Opera, Doc?"? I am hurt, positively hurt. Don't make me go looking for my speawr and magic hewlmit.... :)