Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Small Cries For Help

Another reason why I like Mike Maltese...

In “Bunny Hugged,” Ravishing Ronald is treated like a punching bag in the wrestling ring by The Crusher. Ronald’s mascot, Bugs Bunny, quickly decides to take his place. While the ring announcer is proclaiming the substitution (the main plot), Maltese has Ronald desperately push up little signs. As you can see from the last two drawings, they obey the rule of squash and stretch.

Ken Harris, Phil Monroe, Ben Washam and Lloyd Vaughan animated this for the Chuck Jones unit. The cartoon was released in 1950 when TV wrestling (especially as called by Dick Lane on KTLA) was huge.

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