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Bugs Bunny presents…


Okay, this post is only for rabid Warner Bros. cartoon fans desparate to see any lost bits and pieces of animation created by the original animation studio.

On Memorial Day Weekend in 1962, Warner Bros. released a family film, Lad: A Dog which featured, on the same bill, the Chuck Jones pilot-turned-half hour featurette The Adventures Of The Road Runner. According to the film’s pressbook there were four different Technicolor theatrical trailers for LAD: A DOG – two of them featuring special animation of Bugs Bunny.

Trailer 1-A contained Bugs introducing the Lad: A Dog stars. Trailer 1-C is a special Adventures of the Road Runner trailer introduced by Bugs Bunny. There were two b/w TV spots which were shortened versions of the two theatrical trailers. I’ve just obtained one of the TV spots and, as you can see below, the brief animated inserts were produced by Chuck Jones’ unit (note the Maurice Noble background layout). Mel Blanc provides the voice characterization. Ed Prentiss narrates the trailer.

Jones left the studio in July 1962. This must be some of last Bugs Bunny animation produced before the studio ceased producing new Looney Tunes later that year. With any luck, we’ll dig up the longer, color theatrical trailers – and include them on a future Golden Collection DVD set.

  • Very cool! Thanks for posting this!

  • Paul

    Man, the difference between the animation in the classic Looney Tunes and the latter days of the studio couldn’t be more striking. This “spokes-rabbit” role admittedly doesn’t offer much for Bugs to do, but the mushy timing and stiff animation typical of the early 60’s WB shorts is all too much in evidence here.

  • ohhhhhhhh, how i dooo thank YOOO for that!! Few remember that that (network) Bugs stayed on the network[s] for decades! (!!) The “wrap-arounds” are a fond memory….but NONE so rare as this one. Grrrreat!

  • i was halfway expected him to also sell a jar of “Tang” in the same breath!

  • Where do I enter to win the free pedigreed collie pup?

  • John A

    Steve, mine finally arrived in the mail,…it wasn’t a pretty sight.

  • Steve Waller

    Sounds like Ed Prentiss might also have been the announcer on the original ‘Bugs Bunny Show’, meaning the guy who says, “starring the Oscar-winning rabbit, Bugs Bunny!” I like the original reading so much better than the sing-songy, just-for-wittle-kids delivery of later announcer(s). Also, Ed may have done the voice-over on that original Bugs Bunny Show promo… http://www.dailymotion.com/MatthewHunter/video/x18vq7_bugs-bunny-show-promo