- Stage Door Cartoon
Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = Stage Door Cartoon
Merrie Melodies/ Bugs Bunny
caption = Title card
director = I. Freleng
Jack Bradbury Manuel Perez Gerry Chiniquy Virgil Ross
Mel Blanc Arthur Q. Bryan
Carl W. Stalling
Warner Bros. Cartoons
Warner Bros. Pictures
December 30, 1944
runtime = 8 min (one reel)
movie_language = English
imdb_id = 0037308
"Stage Door Cartoon" is a 1944
Warner Bros.cartoon in the " Merrie Melodies" series, directed by Friz Frelengand featuring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and a predecessor to Yosemite Sam. Voices are by Mel Blanc, except Elmer was voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan. The cartoon's title is a parody of the 1943 musical film " Stage Door Canteen".
The film starts as a typical Elmer-hunting-rabbits cartoon; he hooks a carrot to his fishing hook in an attempt to catch Bugs, who turns the tables on Elmer by attaching the hook to his pants and "reeling" him in. Bugs then throws Elmer back for being too small and ends up getting chased to a
Vaudevilletheater. Bugs gets a chance to do his tap-dance routine, one of his recurring schticks. He then tricks the shy Elmer onto the stage. First, he prompts Elmer through some classic acting emotive poses, seguéing into face-making, which draws a ripe tomato in the face from the jeering crowd. Then he tricks Elmer into doing a " strip-tease", whereupon a southern sheriff (a primordial Yosemite Sam, with the same raucous drawl as the similar-sounding Foghorn Leghorn) arrests Elmer.
*Bugs' goofy yell to Elmer, "Here I ya-um!" was a catchphrase used by radio star
Red Skelton's country bumpkin character "Clem Kadiddlehopper".
*Bugs' statement to the audience at the end of the film, "I got a million of 'em!" was a
Jimmy Durantecatchphrase; Bugs mimics Durante's standard body language while saying it.
*The basic plotline would be re-used in the
1950Bugs-and-Elmer cartoon, " The Rabbit of Seville". Also, the same high-dive gag would be re-used and expanded for the 1948Bugs Bunny cartoon " High Diving Hare", in which Yosemite Sam(who, as previously noted, appears in prototypical form in this cartoon) would play a large part as Bugs's antagonist.
Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies filmography (1940-1949)
List of Bugs Bunny cartoons
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