Thursday, 16 March 2017

Baby Bugs vs Baby Elmer

It might be unfair to call them “stock expressions,” but while watching The Old Grey Hare the other day, I noticed a couple of facial looks that are unmistakeable from the Bob Clampett unit at Warner Bros.

Here’s the difference between full and TV animation. Baby Bugs Bunny slides to a stop. A couple of seconds is taken up with Bugs’ feet sliding around before he zips behind a tree. TV animation wouldn’t bother with all those drawings. There’d be a zip of brush strokes and Bugs would immediately zoom behind the tree.

Baby Elmer Fudd crawls—except when he’s sneaking. Sneaks go on tippy-toes, so Baby Elmer does, too. Bent logic.

Ah, the oversized eye whites! You’ll see it in Kitty Kornered and other Clampetoons.

Um, Bugs is looking a little too lovingly at that rear end.

The half close-eyed dopey look. Again, seen in Kitty Kornered and elsewhere.

Manny Gould doesn’t get credit in this cartoon. Neither do Virgil Ross or Rod Scribner. Bob McKimson does. I suspect they all animated on this one. I like the purple in the background. Leon Schlesinger would have approved. Purple’s a funny colour, he said.


  1. Clampett's color Merrie Melodies always had that interesting "funny colour" touch (see Tin Pan Alley Cats and A Corny Concerto, the latter possibly the greatest example). It works really well in all three for creating a more dream-like landscape.

  2. The champion for use of purple in a cartoon is the "Pastoral Symphony" segment of Fantasia, which I would imagine was an inspiration for the BG here.