More Wabbit Witerature

Mega collector Tim Hollis read my post about the cartoon references in Norwood and sent in this neat one he found in Beverly Cleary’s Henry and the Paper Route (1957). Click here to read the excerpt, in which Henry attends a matinee that includes “seventeen Bugs Bunny cartoons, one right after the other”. Quick, someone notify Warner Legal!


  • Jeffers

    When was Bugs ever Robin Hood?

    • Jorge Garrido

      Shut up, nerd.

    • http://www.drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

      “Rabbit Hood” (Chuck Jones, 1949)

  • ShouldBeWorkin’

    Such sweet times. I always say I am more Homer Price than Harry Potter. Wish I could go back for one Saturday.

  • http://jimattulgeywood.blogspot.com/ Jim Fanning

    Wonderful. Thank you, both Jerry and Tim for sharing this. (I also like the illustration of the movie screen too, by Louis Darling, correct?) Beverly Cleary is one of my favorite authors, and I have most of her books, though I certainly didn’t recall this great cartoon-marathon event from “Henry and the Paper Route.” Even though she didn’t get every detail about these Bugs cartoons exactly right, it still has the ring of authenticity—and it also has the feel of the way an eleven-year-old might recall the details of just seen cartoons that he can’t watch over and over as we can. I think it’s also telling that Ms. Cleary chose to write about Bugs Bunny cartoons as opposed to, say, Woody Woodpecker or even a lot of Disney cartoons. She really knows what kids find funny; in fact, that was her goal in her writing: to be comedic, as well as to be real. The New York Times just ran a profile of this remarkable author, now 95 years old. I wanted to refer to her as a Portland author but of course she is both a national and international treasure. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/10/books/review/profile-of-beverly-cleary.html

    • Matt Ceccato

      “I also like the illustration of the movie screen too, by Louis Darling, correct??”

      Indeed, the illustrator is Louis Darling. I, too, loved Beverly Cleary and will be celebrating her 95th birthday today.

    • Greg Ehrbar

      She also wrote several “Leave it to Beaver” tie-in books, including “Here’s Beaver” and “Beaver and Wally.” Seems a natural fit, since the series and her books have a similar wit and warmth.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    I’m reminded of a line from “Clean and Sober” where Michael Keaton meets a date at a theater, only to admit that what’s playing that day is a matinee program consisting of “five cartoons and a Care Bears movie.”

  • Dickens

    Such cartoon carnival exhibitions at local movie theaters were not rare in the 1950′s and early 1960′s. I sat through numerous Saturdays of two hour plus shows, though none were limited to just Bugs Bunny cartoons. All of those prints were 35mm Tech, which was also run of the mill in that era. Who suspected we’d grow up and never see its like again?

  • That 70s Mom

    At least one other Cleary book mentions Bugs: in Fifteen, the little girl that the heroine, Jane, babysits for, owns a “child-sized papier-mache figure of Bugs Bunny with a real radio set in the middle of its stomach.” I wonder if such a thing actually existed?

  • http://www.drunkduck.com/anecdote Marbles

    Huh.
    Good ol’ Louis Darling clearly copied or traced a panel from a Bugs Bunny comic book or newspaper strip (most likely the latter), as I definitely recognize that look. None of the cartoons themselves used a design like that. Makes sense—Darling would not likely have been able to get easy access to some random film frame for his purposes.

  • http://rubdin.wordpress.com/ rubai

    bugs bunny came out good with 2d and i was thinking how it would look like in 3dimentional.