Thursday 13 June 2019

What? Me Worry, Bugs?

Yosemite Sam got laughs when he tried to look casual by playing jacks while Bugs Bunny refused to react to a possible explosion in Buccaneer Bunny (1948). So writer Warren Foster tried the gag again in Hare Lift (1952). This time, he expands the gag by having Sam start off by playing with a yo-yo.

This is a weaker cartoon than the other but Sam has some good expressions, finally panicking as it looks like the plane he and Bugs are on will crash, as the rabbit steadfastly won’t prevent it.

Manny Perez, Ken Champin, Virgil Ross and Art Davis are the animators in this short for director Friz Freleng.


  1. Foster also borrowed a lot here from "Falling Hare", the cartoon he worked on with Bob Clampett, except that Bugs gets the Gremlin's role of being the cool customer while Sam freaks out (the best gag, though, is the original one, of Sam activating the Robot Pilot, who assesses the situation and then grabs the parachute and jumps out of the plane).

    1. And the leaping Sam turned into a robot.:)

      Also the gag was used by the same director, same characters, around the time of HARE LIFE for CAPT.HAREBLOWER:)Fun gag each time.

  2. The animation of the robot and Sam jumping out of the plane was drawn over original animation (probably rotoscoped) from Avery's "Ceiling Hero" (1940)

  3. This short was utilized again as the catalyst of the "cheater" cartoon, Devil's Feud Cake (1963), and THAT was expanded into a longer segment of the cheater feature, The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981). All hail Friz Freleng, the "greenest" of animation director/producers (recycle, recycle, recycle).