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May 7, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

What’s up, Doc?

Bugs Bunny Cartoon opening scene (Screenshot.(Screenshot's sources listed in post

Holding out for holding on. (Screenshot sources listed below)

Never aspired to be Bugs Bunny maybe I should.

I have another hole in my head.

Tuesday morning was cartoon-like. You know how it goes….just what you need before outpatient surgery.

Route planned and timed out in advance. During the beginning, everything on schedule, then….

The ancient cat (“Not ready for hospice! Back off. We are fine…just don’t move any furniture around and come when We call…quickly…”) a bit wobbly that morning (HRH suffered during that frigid weather with no heat and no electricity for her sheepskin pallet), suddenly becomes unconstipated…in multiple locations. Unfortunately none of them in the litter box. OK paper towels, Clorox spray, fume clearing fan on high( Gag. Gag. Never fast enough). At least all before breakfast and getting dressed. Whew. back on track.

Then noticing the dog hadn’t eaten her morning Greenie and is shaking/scratching her ears. Oh, yeah, bright idea, Sr Staff to squirt ear cleaner/med in. Not easily. One ear accomplished, but she figured out what was going on resulting in a short chase a la O.J. Simpson ending with a take down, a neck hold, and wrap around doggy head lock. Must soothe those ears…You know what dogs always do next? Yep, Wild swinging and whipping of head to clear the ear flood. Nothing like smelly ear wash flung all over. Not just the house…

Sigh. Quick wipe downs with a wet washrag never give that confident “looking my best” feeling or scent…no matter what mom said on the camping trips… Maybe there is wisdom to having a shower and a hanging closet in the garage for times like these?

Despite the Merrie Melodies Loonie Tunes opening, the rest of the day went pretty well…if you dismiss the hilarious efforts of the medical staff and surgeon trying to get a decent 5-7 day dressing to work at the conclusion.

Nothing sticks to fine silky hair – not barrettes, not pony tail bands as a kid or weird gauze pads full of ointment as an adult. At one point they had elastic strips wrapped and wrapped only to have the whole mess to slowly slide up producing a hair haystack effect. Always good to find humor in things.

Katharine Hepburn in scarf (USPD. Pub.date, artist life/Wikimedia.org)

Of course, Katharine Hepburn can laugh. She looked good in anything. (USPD/commons.wikimedia.org

People used to be able to laugh at themselves.

Laugh with people, not at them.

 Perhaps it was the old cartoons

Katharine Hepburn in flowered hat. 1958 (american Shakespeare Fest/Friedman-Abeles/COmmons.wikimedia.org)

That just about covers anything – and it is Derby season. Really. Must I take my own instructional photos with me?(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Wandered past the TV recently when Bugs Bunny was cavorting. (Molly likes happy sounds when we are gone, and “Lucky Dog” wasn’t on. No, she is not spoiled…if you only knew her…)

Marvin the Martian had lured Bug Bunny into space with a weird “rack and pinion tranquilizer carrot”.

The rest of the cartoon was a lot of silly slapstick comedy as Bugs tried to get back to Earth (which was soon to be blown up as it obstructs Marvin’s view of Venus). Eventually a big white character proud of his Frisbee Skills flings Bugs home in a flying saucer.(Yes, quite reflective of the times – even including a parked NASA Mars probe.).

Space ship in Spaced-out Bunny. (Screenshot. Sources below)

Looks like what has been bugging us recently? Were the cartoons a heads-up? The truth is out there.(Screenshot.Sources below)

I was struck by several things about that cartoon

  • It was predictable gags, but very funny. Witty. Some of the gags/dialogue would be caught by adults, not kids.
  • The vocabulary was much richer, more elevated.
  • There was a lot of cause and effect going on. Learning tool. Developmentally appropriate.
  • There were cartoon hits and punches – to cartoon characters in cartoon situations, not close to real life.
  • It wasn’t constantly preachy, but slipped in a few messages. (“You shouldn’t fool around with firearms, Shorty”. “The trouble with this world is that everybody is out to get everybody else. Why can’t people be like me? I love everybody.” That from the beginning scene of “Spaced Out Bunny”.)

While soaring home Bugs pops out of the hatch, turns to the audience in an aside and says,

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned during this little junket, it’s not to get too familiar with strange carrots.”

Then he pops up with sudden clarity with “Hey, what do you know. I’m a flying object lesson.”

Bugs Bunny in 1980 Spaced out bunny. (Screenshot YouTUbe)

No dumb bunny, he. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Marvin the Martian has some great lines too – in asides to the audience as well as to characters.

  • “I think man is the most interesting insect on Earth.”
  • “There is a growing tendency to think of man as a rational thinking being. Which is absurd.”
  • While looking through a telescope at Earth: “Oh, lookie. Some activity down there.” Upon seeing a rocket blast off: “Could it be? Could it be? Oh, peachy. A new form of primitive life.”
  • “Please, Sir, do not interrupt my chain of thought. I’m a busy Martian.” Said to (Daffy) Duck Rogers)
  • “I’m about to solve Earth’s fuel problem.” Said to Daffy Duck who responds, “How neighborly. If it’s not a trade secret, how you gonna do it?”
  • “Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom.”
  • And my favorite: “Oh, drat these computers. They are so naughty and complex. I could pinch them.”
Bugs Bunny getting frisby style launch in Spaced out Bunny (1968. Screenshot You Tube)

Having a fling with a friend. Maybe an emissions free solution for Earth’s fuel problem? (Screenshot You Tube)

Watch short clips of “Best of Marvin the Martian” for some chuckles

Best bet? Warner Brother’s lovely “Looney Tunes Tunes Traveling to Space Classic cartoon compilation” here. Gotta make you smile.

For those that simply must know the story behind the stories:

Myron, a fan, put together a history and celebration of 70 years of Marvin the Martian which includes real photos/news showing how the cartoon reflected the culture and world at those times. (Marvin, you note, dressed like the Roman god of war with basketball shoes. He was supposedly Bug’s most dangerous foe.)

Electric Dragon 505 put together “The History of Marvin the Martian” with quality cartoon clips and some of the history/cultural influences that inspired the cartoons starting with 1940’s society’s fascination of outer space.

Whew. Think this post flew far afield?

Not really. Life mirrors fiction. And my life is a cartoon.

Spaced out Bunny. I told you I have another hole in my head. What did you expect?

Have a far out, well spaced weekend.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Bugs Bunny on Mars with NASA space probe (Screenshot YouTube)

If it follows me home, can I keep it? (Screenshot/YouTube)

14 Comments

  1. shoreacres / May 7 2021 8:31 am

    I had a few good minutes imagining the purpose of the hole. An easy way to pour in misinformation? An attempt to gain holey-ness? A place to store your passwords where no one can find them? Whatever the purpose, I hope all’s well. If you need a cork, let me know!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2021 9:12 am

      Hope what is left of common sense doesn’t leak out! (doubt anyone these days would considerate how valuable to pick up…)
      No computer chip implant either…so they promised, but…
      Just a minor that had been delayed by COVID appearance.
      (RC insists that Staff duties shall not be interrupted. Molly Malamute not please her walks have been shortened…but they would anyway now because of heat)
      So far so good – better with laughter! Thanks for giggling along.

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  2. Ally Bean / May 7 2021 9:46 am

    My husband was crazy about Bugs Bunny, back when it was on TV every Saturday morning. Favorite line was: What a maroon! I hadn’t thought of Marvin the Martian in years. Now I’m off to follow some of your links.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2021 10:14 am

      I like the cartoon much more now than before. (So easily amused). Thanks for flying in with a comment. (and hope you find some laughs with the original Looney Tunes)

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  3. Spinster / May 7 2021 9:46 am

    Wouldn’t mind switching places with the Martian. This planet is f—ed. Beam me up, Scotty.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2021 10:16 am

      Mars is the big news item right now. Fun to see how timeless some of the oldie but goodies still are. Thanks for rocketing by with a comment (remember to keep an eye on the sky for that incoming one…who puts up a rocket without a restart engine button?)

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  4. Susan, PiedType / May 7 2021 9:57 am

    Bugs and Katherine. Classics! So nice to see both again. Hope that extra hole is not a big deal. All we want leaking out is more good humor.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 7 2021 10:21 am

      Timeless, classic, and still worth a look!
      (Just a bit of maintenance that was put off from before the virus/ and vaccine hunt. They always biop, but came back fine.)
      That cartoon was an brand stopper – so funny. Funny UFO’s and Mars is in the news today. Some things remain relevant.
      Thanks for flying along

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  5. Kate Crimmins / May 7 2021 2:09 pm

    Bandages? Ha! I had Moh’s surgery on the bridge of my nose 2 days before Christmas. A less than sterling tech put it on. Nose bridges are bendy. She didn’t get the concept and sent me home with a bandaged that didn’t touch my boo-boo but covered my eye with the comment, “leave it on for 48 hours.” Hmmm…within 48 hours I put a much better fitting one on and I’m not even a techie. Yes, critters are just waiting for a scheduled stressful day to toss hairballs, refuse to eat, get diarrhea, etc. Me thinks they do it to distract. Dang it works. Hope you are ok and your hole heals fast with or without a slippy bandage.

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  6. sustainabilitea / May 7 2021 7:09 pm

    There were lots of good cartoons and humor of the “I Love Lucy” type. As you say, these days people seem all to often to have lost their sense of humor, are ready to be offended at the drop of a hat, and are always on the lookout for something wrong, something to pick at or be angry about. It’s a sad situation. I didn’t have exactly the same sort of day you and the gang did, but it got pretty weird and very aggravating to the point where I just had to shake my head and make a good story out of it.

    Hope you have an excellent weekend.

    janet

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  7. 1bl0gr3ad3r / May 7 2021 7:56 pm

    What a fun evening thanks to you — Marvin, Bugs & Daffy, K9, and even Gossamer! Had a Marvin period, with tshirts, lots of plastic figures, talking desk phone, car mats, keychain, earrings… you get the idea. Never thought about searching for the “good” cartoons on Youtube (i don’t have tv) so now it won’t be all sudoku & reading. And echoing the others – hope for good results and that HRH and Molly will be normal for a long while now!

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  8. Robin / May 8 2021 4:36 am

    Indeed, I do know how it goes. When it rains, it pours. I know about fine hair, too, and how nothing (other than bubble gum) will stick to it. Thank you for the walk down cartoon memory lane. I am one of Marvin’s fan (still have at least one or two things with his image on them, having kept them thinking one of the grandkids might want them).

    Hope you are okay and that HRH and Molly are back up to snuff, too. (One of my cats likes to have music on when we leave. I think it makes her feel as if someone is there with her.)

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  9. Curt Mekemson / May 8 2021 3:00 pm

    One of my relatives by marriage was responsible for the creation of Goofy, so I have always been partial to him. But I watched my share of Bugs Bunny at the Saturday movie cartoons in the 50s. Those were more likely to feature Elmer Fudd as I recall. And his shotgun. 🙂 But I think if I had to have a hole in the head beyond my eyes, ears and mouth, I’d go for Road Runner. Not sure why that is. Hope all is well with you. –Curt

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  10. disperser / May 10 2021 9:00 am

    I watched Saturday morning cartoons into my late 20s. Not all, of course, but Bugs Bunny and Road Runner and other contemporaries . . . until they started “sanitizing” them by removing the best parts.

    I absolutely knew why those cartoons fell out of favor with kids . . . they were edited to remove the punchlines (characters falling, exploding, getting hit, etc.) so that they made no sense. They were then replaced by pablum . . . and the fall of civilization as we know it got on its way.

    Here we are forty years later, humanity well along the path to oblivion . . . all because of that misguided decision by misguided and overzealous idiots in the 70s and 80s.

    Thanks for the links.

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