Monday, 8 October 2018

Dad Gum Varmint

Rabbit Every Monday (1951) has an extended sequence involving bubble gum which Bugs Bunny uses to plug Yosemite Sam’s rifle. I like the look in Sam’s eyes as he’s about to fire.

Blam! Sam’s trapped in a bubble that Bugs blows over a cliff. I always like the “how did this happen” look Sam has when things don’t go right. Since you know Carl Stalling well enough, I don’t need to tell you what song is being played by a muted trumpet in the background.

Sam manages to blow himself and the bubble back up to the top of the cliff. You know what’s going to happen next.

Part two of the gag involves throwing a rock down Bugs’ hole. Problem: there’s gum attached to it.

Manny Perez, Ken Champin, Art Davis and Virgil Ross are the animators. For some reason, there’s no story credit on this cartoon. Warren Foster and Cal Howard get co-writing credits on the next cartoon Friz put into production.


  1. Wow, I have not seen this one since it aired on the " Bugs Bunny-Tweety show " on ABC back in the mid 1990s. Funny stuff.

  2. Paul Julian is about a year away from heading to UPA. I especially like his stylized California Sycamore (with authentic fall colours) in this one.

  3. Wouldn't be surprised if Friz wrote this one himself, hence the lack of a story credit. Haven't seen this one in a while but I've always liked the ending where there's a (live-action!) party inside the oven ("I don't ask questions- I just have fun!").

  4. I still have a nice black and white 16mm original of this one that seems to have been clipped from an old Bugs Bunny Show network print. It's re-titled OZARK SAM.