"Due to an unfortunate delay," announces the barker, Bugs Bunny, "Fearless Freep will be unable to perform his high-diving act today." But Yosemite Sam had bought out the house just to see Freep. If Freep isn't going to dive, someone else will just have to. And that someone is going to be Bugs Bunny. Bugs is no high diver; but at gunpoint, he'll have to take his first-ever 500-ft. jump into a tank of water. Or will he? Yosemite Sam will find himself tricked into doing the dive himself - many times - before realizing that no matter what he does, Bugs's blissful ignorance of physics will always save him.Written by
The scene where Yosemite Sam is yelling "Open the door! Open the door!" then, he says to the audience "You'll notice I didn't say Richard?" is a reference to the song "Open the Door, Richard" written by Dusty Fletcher and first performed by Louis Jordan. See more »
At the opening, Bugs as a barker is selling tickets for "fifteen cents", yet a short time later, when he learns that Fearless Freep is a no-show, Sam claims that he "...paid four bits to see a dive..." (four bits is fifty cents). In fact, Sam gave Bugs a wad of bills of unknown quantity and denomination, and so paid much more than either amount mentioned. See more »
I paid my four bits to see the high-diving act and I'm a-gonna see the high-diving act.
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Version shown on TV is missing a couple of extra gags that Bugs pulls on Sam while on the diving board, including Sam thinking Bugs is under the board while he really is, Bugs setting up a trick door at the edge of the board, and Bugs pretending to be an Indian telling Sam which way he went (which was probably the main cause for the overall gags to be cut). The full uncut version is in the new Looney Tunes "Golden Collection" DVD set. See more »
Classic Bugs Bunny short directed by Friz Freleng with a story by Tedd Pierce. This is one of the Bugs cartoons I saw most as a little kid because it was on a compilation video that my teacher would play on rainy days when we couldn't go out for recess. It's brilliantly simple as it's basically one gag done over and over but, trust me, it never stops being funny. The premise is that Bugs is working as a barker for a show where there's a high diving act. When the diver doesn't show up for the performance, angry audience member Yosemite Sam tries to force Bugs at gunpoint to perform the act himself. What follows is Bugs repeatedly outsmarting Sam, resulting in Sam being the one to do the dive. Like I said, it's one gag but it's done a little different each time and never gets old. The animation is gorgeous. I especially love the colors. Excellent voice work from the great Mel Blanc. Carl Stalling's music is exciting and fun. It's a hilarious cartoon that every Looney Tunes fan should see. For my money it's one of the best Bugs and Sam shorts ever made.
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