Bugs lectures his nephew Clyde about early America, inserting himself into events wherever possible.


(as I. Freleng)



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Bugs Bunny / Clyde / Indian / Ben Franklin / Man / King / George Washington (voice)

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Bugs lectures his nephew Clyde about early America, inserting himself into events wherever possible.

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Release Date:

28 August 1954 (USA)  »

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Bugs refait l'histoire  »

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1.37 : 1
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Included as a bonus on the 2003 Warner 2 disc DVD set of Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). See more »


In the cartoon version of Benjamin Franklin's kite experiment, he claims to have "discovered electricity". This was neither the intent or result of the exercise, which was to demonstrate that lightning was electrical in nature, which led to the invention of the lightning rod. It is not actually known whether Franklin actually performed the kite experiment, but he did write up a proposal for it. Prof. Georg Wilhelm Richmann of Saint Petersburg, Russia was electrocuted trying to duplicate the feat. See more »


References Hopalong Cassidy (1952) See more »


Yankee Doodle
[Plays over the title cards. Also plays repeatedly throughout the short.]
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History -- Bugs Style
15 January 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Yankee Doodle Bugs (1954)

*** (out of 4)

Fun Looney Tunes short has Bugs Bunny having to explain American history to his nephew because he has a quiz at school. In his own way Bugs explains Manhattan Island being sold, Ben Franklin finding electricity, the Boston Tea Part, George Washington going to war and Betsy Ross coming up with the American flag. Of course, many of these historic things really happened with Bugs there. I really wouldn't call this one of the best films in the Bugs Bunny series but it does have a certain amount of charm that makes it worth viewing. There's nothing too funny here but I don't think the film was really going for laughs like a usual short nor was it going for big action scenes. Instead it was just giving a history lesson with Bugs taking part in many of them. The bit with Betsy Ross and how they came up with the idea for stars was quite clever. Fans of Bugs will certainly want to check it out but those new to him will probably want to watch one of the classics before getting to this.

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