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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.

Director:

Robert McKimson

Writer:

Tedd Pierce (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Bruno the Bear / Colonel Korny (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salto Brutale See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 promises to catch Bugs during the trapeze act]
Bugs Bunny: [to audience] Don't you beelieve it!
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Connections

Featured in Behind the Tunes: Blanc Expressions (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
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Music by Queen Liliuokalani
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I'm not sure what to make of this cartoon.
2 January 2009 | by MightyzebraSee all my reviews

"Big Top Bunny" is an odd (in a negative way) Bugs Bunny cartoon - and I'm sure many people think the reason is because Robert McKimson directed it. Personally, I think that theory is ridiculous. All the other Looney Tunes directors have produced equally odd (in a negative way) cartoons sometime or other. Robert McKimson is a very good Looney Tunes director, but personally I think this is one of his weaker cartoons (his second weakest, in my opinion).

Despite its oddities (which I will list later), "Big Top Bunny" is still a cartoon worth watching, even if only once. Bugs Bunny is a good character here, not disappointing and as likable as ever. The animation is reasonable as well, but not something to rant on about (just a good quality). Parts of the humour are laughable, but overall, this cartoon is not the funniest Looney Tune ever.

The oddities of the cartoon are Bug's side character (who is a rather annoying, drawling circus bear), the length of the cartoon (it feels too short even though it is average Looney Tune length) and a deal of the jokes are also unfunny and odd as well.

In this cartoon, Bruno the bear, a circus bear, is complimenting his lovely circus life, when he hears that there will be a new animal in the ring - an acrobatic rabbit. Bruno is furious that he should be paired alongside a "leetle rabbit" and bears a grudge against Bugs Bunny when they first meet. Bugs Bunny is determined to earn his revenge against this annoying bear...

I recommend this cartoon to people who enjoy the repetitive, slapsticky side of Looney Tunes and to people who like annoying side characters to make things "interesting." Enjoy "Big Top Bunny"! :-)


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