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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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Complete credited cast:
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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17 June 1950 (USA)  »

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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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Featured in Behind the Tunes: Looney Tunes Go Hollywood (2004) See more »


You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Bing Crosby caricature
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A nice cartoon that falls short of its premises potential
18 August 2008 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Robert McKimson's 'What's Up, Doc' is a witty take on Bugs Bunny's rise to fame. Relating his life story to a reporter over the phone, Bugs tells of his birth, his early experiences with showbiz and his big break when he was discovered by "big vaudeville star" Elmer Fudd. Although it feels vaguely like a one joke picture which spends it whole time building to a funny but slightly non-sensical punchline, 'What's Up, Doc' has some great moments such as its take on the origins of the titular catchphrase and even a musical number. While the laughs are a little thin on the ground, 'What's Up, Doc' is still a handsome and decently paced film. It's a minor but reasonably memorable cartoon.

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