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Looney Tunes Stoners – II

Rabbit Habit (1975) by Steve Peck. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Mr. Peck, please let us know – the man needs help. BTW, the Elmer voice is pretty good.

(Thanks, Chris Sobieniak)

  • MoMo

    Yes, the man really does need help. Another childhood memory ruined.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      My childhood was ruined too many years ago I can’t remember, that’s why I end up enjoying stuff like this! I will give the guy credit for the writing on this.

      • Steve Peck

        glad you liked it. It was a big hit in 1975. LA audience at Fox Venice Theater howled. It was the era of “CHEECH & CHONG”. Just my vision of what these characters would be up to since these cartoons went out of production in 1963. Showed it to TEX AVERY in 1975 and HE LOVED IT!!!

  • Amusingly scripted with nods to both classic and contemporary notions. Better than most attempts like that.

    I’m impressed because of the difficulty of doing that (actual inked and painted cels shot on film) without a studio infrastructure available.

    Or was this an under the table effort at some cartoon facility we know of, maybe?

    I’m curious to know more.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      This YouTube user has up a few other videos that suggest this Steve Peck went to NYU’s Film School (perhaps learning animation or such), though this was probably made as a joke he showed off to his pals. There’s one up there that spoofs the Cal Worthington Ford commercials involving a guy trying to sell off old TV and film scripts.

    • Funkybat

      The most impressive thing about this cartoon is that it was done in the mid-70s. Once upon a time, kids, there *was no* YouTube or DVDs or even VHS tapes to steal(I mean dub) soundtrack music from. Also, compositing drawings onto photo backgrounds (or even drawn backgrounds) meant either putting cutouts on top of photos, frame by frame (which is what this looks like) or using some cumbersome and expensive optical printing equipment.

      To make something like this today is almost too easy, but back then, it took a lot more effort. I just wish the animation and draftsmanship were better.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        It looks like they used cels on this since you can see the edges of one cel that was being moved around to show Elmer floating on a cloud. Though it could have been overhead transparency sheets for all I know. There used to be books on amateur filmmaking and animation that often gave you different options to partake in or how to set it up such as building a camera stand and all that. I loved taking those books out of a school library back in the 80’s wishing/hoping I could one day do something like that with a super 8mm camera or so.

        Trying to decide if this was done on 16mm or Super 8 however.

      • Steve Peck

        it was shot on 16mm.

    • Steve Peck

      this was an independent short film I made in 1975 just for fun. I personally showed it to TEX AVERY and he loved it. CHUCK JONES did not like what I did to his characters. It got big laughs at a theater in LA back in the 70s.

  • SJ

    Funnier than the cartoons WB released in the 70’s. Oh… I guess there weren’t any.

    • Steve Peck

      they stopped production in 1963. That’s why I made this in 1975 to find out what the characters might be up to after 12 years of unemployment.
      Showed it to TEX AVERY in 1975. He loved it.

  • uncle wayne

    Quite a refreshing tresat….espesh for 1975. I can’t help but (totally) adore allllll the Stalling! I luv the (constant) parodies of (very famous) “lines,” too!!

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Let alone Bugs’ last line that sounded kinda prophetic to me. :-)

      I get the impression this guy had to stand there in front of the TV weekdays with tape recorder just to get all the audio necessary for this effort!

      • Steve Peck

        I actually SAT in a chair while recording the music.

    • Steve Peck

      glad you liked it. Nice to see its got a new appreciative audience 35 years later. Thanks.

  • I have to agree with both robcat2075 and SJ.
    Ok, the animation is crap. But the story, the way to distribute roles and some of the gags reinterpretation is very funny.

  • Sat

    Looks like it’s the director himself who posted it on Youtube, and it may be underground stuff done after or during film school.

    Anyway. The part at 4:00. Uh. Yeah.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Well, at least that building softened his fall a bit. I kinda liked the moment of Bugs and Daffy going realistic with halos above their heads at that moment!

  • Peter

    That was awesome!

  • I think I love it.

  • Steven M.

    What the hell did I just watch?

  • Jesse Pindus

    Rare and interesting find. Pretty funny

  • Jessica Britton

    Could the “Peter Riegert” listed in the credits possibly be the actor from Animal House?

    • dr. giraud

      Probably–the timeline seems right. Also, Caren Kaye was an actress active in TV/movies at that time, too.

    • Steve Peck


  • And I thought you couldn’t laugh at a bad trip, I was wrong. Funny writing, I guess this legally is considered “fan art”. maybe.

  • Aaron

    I’m not a Looney Tunes expert or anything, but did Bugs seem a little off-model around the 3 minute mark?

  • TJR

    What a surreal moment. I’d like to know the story behind this cartoon

    • Steve Peck

      I just found out now in 2012 that this was a hit in Dec 2010 after I posted it on youtube thanks to Cartoon Brew. I made it for fun and to meet Chuck Jones and Tex Avery in LA. Tex loved it. Chuck did not. It was an independent short film that got big laughs when it played in LA theater. Glad you liked it. S.P.

  • Lewie

    Whoa, and I thought those Jessica Bukowski/whatshername’s Looney Tunes redesigns were weird…

  • Alison

    I get the feeling, from another commenter from the LT Stoner comic, that Bugs and Daffy were the only ones to have gotten caught in this film years later and ende dup doing community service, like staring in “Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue” (though I have my respect for that special for me not doing any drugs.)

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I haven’t done drugs, yet I loathe that special like most (if only because we can look back on it now and ‘laugh’ at all the wrong reasons).

  • David Breneman

    I’m surprised I never saw this at a Midnight Movie in the 70s. Then again, I may have. Hard to remember…

    • Steve Peck

      it played at the Fox Venice theater in LA in 1975.

  • Jorge Garrido

    This is the greatest thing I’ve ever seen.

    • Steve Peck

      Dec 2010 you liked my RABBIT HABIT cartoon. Thanks. Share it with your friends on facebook. It was fun making it then and having an appreciative audience for it now 35 years later……Steve Peck.

  • Murphy

    The best Elmer vocal since the death of Arthur Q. Bryan. Too bad this guy was not a ‘professional’ and off industry radar. This was hand compositing before the word ‘compositing’ was ever thought of.

  • Frank Provasek

    This was cleverly made for the time period, and a lot funnier than the Daffy and Speedy cartoons.

  • Steve Peck

    glad it still has an appreciate audience 36 years later on youtube and Cartoon Brew. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.
    Steve Peck
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    it may take a while for me to reply.