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Big Top Bunny (1951)

An acrobatic bear at Colonel Korny's World Famous Circus finds an unwanted partner in Bugs Bunny.

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Bugs Bunny / Bruno the Bear / Colonel Korny (voice)
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Bruno, a Slobokian bear (whatever that is) and a circus acrobat, does not take kindly to having Bugs Bunny join his previously solo act at Colonel Korny's World Famous Circus. Somehow, during a performance, an anvil ends up where Bugs's head should go. Fool him once, shame on the Slobokian bear. But Bugs won't be fooled twice. He's ready for Bruno's dirty tricks throughout the rest of the act and has a few tricks of his own. Somehow Bruno ends up taking several falls into a kettle drum before finding himself competing with Bugs in a high diving act. Will Bugs or Bruno take the dip? Written by J. Spurlin

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1 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Salto Brutale  »

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Trivia

A 3-D version of this cartoon was produced for General Aniline & Film's (GAF) "View-Master" line in 1972, released in a three-reel package (21 "stereo images"). See more »

Quotes

Bruno the Bear: What you think you gonna do?
Bugs Bunny: Who, me? Oh, I think I'm gonna jump 200 feet off of this platform into a tank of water.
[Kisses Bruno]
Bugs Bunny: Goodbye!
[Raises platform 200 feet; Bruno raises his platform also]
Bruno the Bear: Nobody could outdo Bruno the Magnificent. I dive 300 feet into bucket of water.
[Raises platform 300 feet, Bugs does same]
Bugs Bunny: Oh, yeah? Well, I'll dive 500 feet into a damp sponge!
[They raise the platforms to 500 feet, breaking over the tent]
Bruno the Bear: And I, Bruno, will dive 1,000 feet into a block of cement! On ...
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Connections

Featured in Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years (1990) See more »

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Music by John F. Barth
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It isn't awful, but it it was pretty weak even for Bugs Bunny
3 October 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Bugs Bunny and I love Looney Tunes, but I am sorry to say I am not a fan of Big Top Bunny. It definitely wasn't awful, but it is one of my least favourite Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Starting with the good things, I did like the animation in general. The colours are great, as are the backgrounds and Bugs looks fine. The music has its usual energy and quirkiness, while the dialogue is reasonably amusing and the sight gags while slightly lacking in originality are decent especially with the idea with the heights. And as always Mel Blanc's voice work is superb.

However, there are things that make Big Top Bunny somewhat decidedly lacklustre. The story is incredibly predictable and offers little to no surprises, while the pacing is uneven, it starts off slow and then it suddenly feels as though a bomb has hit it and it doesn't slow down. My main problem with Big Top Bunny is the character of Bruno. I do not like him... at all. In this cartoon, Bruno's character design is the only one I don't care for, it is ugly and I think inconsistent too, while the voice was rather tiresome and some of his dialogue did little for me either.

Overall, not terrible but sadly not particularly good either. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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