Baseball Bugs (1946) Poster

(1946)

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  • Looney Tunes.

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  • The visiting team is the Gas-House Gorillas; home team is the Tea Totallers.

  • The baseball has a face, and it is literally screaming.

  • "Cough your heart's content" (a cigarette ad? cough drops?) | "Maltese: Ace Dick" (a reference to the writer of this cartoon, Michael Maltese) | "NOZ: 2 for 25" | "Filboid Studge"

  • "Manza Champagne" | "Lausbub's Bread." | "Finer Footwear: Ross Co."

  • "That's the old pepper, boy. That's the old pepper!"

  • He has bat wings and flies around.

  • No, a Mellow Cab.

  • Bugs is forced to take an elevator to the top of the Umpire (!) State building to catch a fly ball. The umpire and the guy who hit the ball follow him. Bugs catches it, and the umpire calls the guy out. "Out?" the player protests. The Statue of Liberty intervenes and with rapid-fire delivery, says, "That's what the man said, you heard what he said, he said that!"

    Bea Benaderet, as the voice of Lady Liberty, is imitating Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson from Jack Benny's radio program.

  • When a Gas-house Gorilla hits the wall, there's a sign behind him that says, "Does your tobacco taste different lately?"[T]here's a fascinating story about the sign and its impact on baseball players in the 1945-'46 season. Now, most people today don't know this, but the slogan 'Does Your Tobacco Taste Different Lately?' was the slogan of Sir Walter Raleigh pipe tobacco, manufactured by the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company. Even though tobacco products were in short supply during and shortly after the end of the Second World War, Brown & Williamson wanted to a) remind people that they were still in the tobacco business; and b) there seemed to be a lack of sales of Sir Walter Raleigh among professional ball players. So, in addition to their slogan being read in newspapers and magazines and heard on Raleigh's sponsored radio shows, B & W got the bright idea of mounting this slogan on the walls of 14 major ball parks (including the Polo Grounds) across the United States, and made sure that, whenever a ball player hit the wall with their slogan on it, the dazed player would look up at the words, 'Does Your Tobacco Taste Different Lately?', and slowly realize that it DID. Sales of Sir Walter Raleigh soared during the 1945-'46 season among professional baseball players...even those who DIDN'T smoke pipes!

    -- bgraumanSource: Filboid Studge's blog

  • The following movies have a character who says, "I'm only three-and-a-half years old!," a reference to the catchphrase of Lou Costello.

    Falling Hare (1943) (1943). Bugs Bunny gets hit in the head with a wrench and babbles that he's only three-and-a-half years old.

    Russian Rhapsody (1944) (1944). A small gremlin causes a great deal of destruction to the instruments in Adolf Hitler's bomber, then breaks the fourth wall and states that it's only three-and-a-half years old.

    Trap Happy Porky (1945) (1945 February 24). A mouse evades getting caught in a mousetrap and announces, "I'm only three-and-a-half years old."

    Baseball Bugs (1946) (1946). Variation: A baseball player from the home team, the Tea Totallers, says, "I'm only ninety-three-and-a-half years old!"

    Big House Bunny (1950) (1950). Variation: Sam is a prison guard who refers to Bugs by his number: 777174. Bugs claims he's only three-and-a-half.

  • The Cameraman (1928) (1928). Buster Keaton pantomimes a one-man game at Yankee Stadium, even taking the role of the umpire.

    Dizzy & Daffy (1934) (1934 Dec 15). Lefty (Shemp Howard) makes a mockery of the game in this comic biopic of Dizzy and Daffy Dean.

    Alibi Ike (1935) (1935 June 15). Joe E. Brown plays the infuriating title character, a rookie for the Cubs with excuses for everything, in this adaptation of Ring Lardner's story.

    The Fowl Ball Player (1940) (1940 May 24). Cavemen play baseball.

    The Screwball (1943) (1943 Feb 15). Woody Woodpecker sneaks into a baseball field and ends up playing in the game.

    Tokio Jokio (1943) (1943 May 15). A mock newsreel introduces the Japanese "King of Swat" who promptly pulls a flyswatter out of his baseball uniform and swats at a fly (and misses).

    Baseball Bugs (1946) (1946). Bugs Bunny is a one-rabbit baseball team vs. The Gas-house Gorillas.

    Wild and Woody! (1948) (1948). Woody Woodpecker dons a catcher's outfit and catches the bullets that Buzzy Buzzard shoots at him. A moment later, he's the batter who slams Buzzy to the other side of the saloon.

    It Happens Every Spring (1949) (1949). A scientist (Ray Milland) discovers a formula that makes a baseball which is repelled by wood.

    Bunker Hill Bunny (1950) (1950). Sam von Schmamm the Hessian throws a bomb at Bugs Bunny. Bugs puts on a baseball uniform, takes a baseball bat and hits the bomb back to Sam.

    Rhubarb (1951) (1951). A cat inherits a baseball team. Ray Milland plays the feral kitty's legal guardian.

    Speedy Gonzales (1955) (1955). Sylvester uses a mitt to catch Speedy Gonzales. He gets a baseball instead.

    "The Mighty Casey (1960)" (1960). A robotic baseball player (Robert Sorrells) changes the fortunes of a hapless team, much to the short-lived delight of its coach (Jack Warden).

    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) (1988). Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) poses as an umpire in a desperate attempt to extend a game.

    BASEketball (1998) (1998). Goofballs play a game that's a combination of baseball and basketball.

  • The following is a list of films where a character, usually a Warner Brothers cartoon character, wins an argument by taking his opponent's side, which tricks his opponent into adopting his own.

    Baseball Bugs (1946) (1946). The umpire (a baseball player in disguise) tells Bugs he's out. Bugs insists he's safe. They argue, "Safe! Out! Safe! Out!" until Bugs starts saying "Out!" and the false-umpire insists he's safe. Bugs agrees with the umpire and wins the debate.

    Haredevil Hare (1948) (1948). "Oh, yes you will!" "Oh, no I won't!" changes to "Oh, no you won't!" "Oh yes, I will"; and thus Bugs gets back the Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

    Rabbit Fire (1951) (1951). In the classic example of this tactic, Bugs Bunny argues it's duck season; Daffy Duck argues it's wabbit season. When Bugs switches sides, so does Daffy without realizing it. Thus, Daffy "wins" and gets the gunfire in his face.

  • Yes, it's included in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume One (2003) (V) Disc 1.

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