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8 Ball Bunny (1950)

Bugs helps a penguin go home via New Orleans, Martinique, the Panama Canal and finally the South Pole. But the penguin's home is in New Jersey.


Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)


Michael Maltese (story)

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Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Hobo / Man drinking mint julip in New Orleans / Natives (voice)


Bugs helps a little penguin get home after the Ice Frolics show he was in is closed. They head south to New Orleans where the penguin gets on the Admiral Byrd, which it turns out is bound for Brooklyn. Their second attempt gets them to the Panama canal but they soon find themselves as the main course for a native dinner. They finally make it to the South Pole but Bugs too late just where home is. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

8 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bugs el dadivoso See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"8 Ball Bunny" has a double connection to Humphrey Bogart: 1) Bogart's character from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre shows up several times in caricature, begging money from Bugs. 2) Bugs, around 4:30, sings a song in calypso style summarizing the plot of the story so far. This is a parody of what the character King Moses regularly did in the radio series Bold Venture, which starred Bogart and Lauren Bacall. See more »


As the cruise ship leaves New Orleans, mountains are shown ahead. There are no mountains in New Orleans. See more »


Bugs Bunny: [singing while playing guitar] Bugs Bunny came to Martinique / When he arrived he was pretty weak / His knees look like they would buckle in / His tribulations caused by a penguin / Now he's built a boat on which they both could leave / He hoped that fickle fate have nothing up her sleeve.
Bogart: Say, pardon me but, could you help out a fellow American who's down on his luck?
Bugs Bunny: [tossing him a coin] Hit da road!
Bugs Bunny: If he should accomplish this daring thing / A miracle to Martinique Bugs did bring.
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Referenced in Space Jam (1996) See more »


The Flower Song
Music by Gustav Lange
[Plays towards the end when Bugs tries to leave and the penguin cries.]
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A wonderful, epic travel adventure
9 January 2009 | by phantom_tollboothSee all my reviews

Chuck Jones's '8 Ball Bunny' is a terrific sequel to the excellent 'Frigid Hare'. It's the second of two shorts which feature a cute character who came to be known as Playboy Penguin. A mute baby penguin dressed in top hat and bow-tie, Playboy is a great character whose cuteness is played up for exaggerated laughs, unlike Friz Freleng's sickening cutification of Tweety, which was mostly played for unsuccessful "awwwwws"! 'Frigid Hare' had played out as a traditional chase film with Bugs defending the penguin from a grotesque Eskimo stereotype. '8 Ball Bunny' widens the scope, presenting us with an epic road movie in which Bugs must travel across half the globe in order to return the penguin to the South Pole. Along the way he gets into numerous scrapes and continuously encounters a caricature of Humphrey Bogart in 'The Treasure of the Sierra Madre'. Although it was probably a wise choice to retire Playboy Penguin after just two appearances, both the cartoons that feature him are brilliant and, with its epic adventure story, '8 Ball Bunny' stands out as the best of the two.

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