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What's Up Doc? (1950)

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Bugs' showbiz career is recounted from babyhood to stardom. Bugs and Elmer Fudd perform the title song.



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Bugs Bunny / Al Jolson / Eddie Cantor / Director (voice)


The Disassociated Press wants Bugs Bunny's life story. Got a pencil? "First," says Bugs, "I was born." He quickly learns he is different from the other children: he's a "rabbit in a human world." He grows up to accept repetitive chorus boy jobs in such Broadway revues as "Girl of the Golden Vest," "Wearing of the Grin" and "Rosie's Cheeks." His career hits the skids and he's living on a park bench before he's discovered by that great vaudeville star, Elmer Fudd. Their dual comedy act is a hit, which leads to film roles. Will Bugs Bunny ever have to look back? Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

17 June 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Caminho do Sucesso  »

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Bugs and Elmer perform the "What's Up Doc?" title song. This is the first cartoon in which its lyrics are heard. However, the song first was first released in "Bugs Bunny In Storyland", a Capitol Record Reader recorded on April 21 and 22, 1949. See more »


[first lines]
Bugs Bunny: [answering the phone] Eh, start talking. It's your nickel.
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Referenced in Cheers: What's Up, Doc? (1989) See more »


What's Up Doc?
Written by Carl W. Stalling
Performed by Bugs Bunny (Mel Blanc) and Elmer Fudd (Arthur Q. Bryan)
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Bugs in Chorus
19 September 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

What's Up Doc has Bugs Bunny in Hollywood. Hard to fathom? Well, Bugs himself refers to this in the beginning, while he is conversing on the telephone with the press. He narrates his life story by saying how 'different' he was from others when he was born. Not only was he a bunny, but he was also a prodigy, playing the toddler piano like Mozart and then stepping it to Broadway. His 'meteoric' rise involves repetition of performances in various shows, which brings him fame and the moment he tries a one-act performance, his career takes a wrong turn. He becomes depressed and aloof till Elmer Fudd notices him and the two form an alliance.

'What's Up Doc?' has some sparkling moments- the 'talk, it's your nickel' joke, the 'first I was born' opening, the desperate attempts made the other struggling actors when Elmer enters and the ironic ending. 'Singin' in the Rain' may have been inspired by this short- however the film is a masterpiece. This short's main problem is that it's a short, so it does not really justify its title to a great extent. It tries to cover too much in its short run length- which proves to be a double edged sword for WUD?.

The animation however is quite superior, and the production is commendable. 'Duck Amuck's' animation is comparatively inferior, however the plot was apt for a short. A thirty minute film for What's up Doc? would do it more justice.

I read a number of reviews that found the film to be boring and unfunny; I found the film to be a brave and somewhat visionary attempt considering the year it was made. And Bugs Bunny is just adorable. My Rating: 8/10

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