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Show Biz Bugs (1957)

Bugs and Daffy are vaudevillians competing for praise from the audience. They love Bugs no matter what; just the opposite for Daffy.

Director:

Friz Freleng

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck / Cab Driver / Theatre Manager (voice)
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Storyline

Daffy Duck arrives at his vaudeville theatre to learn that Bugs Bunny has been given top billing over him. A competition ensues with Daffy out to get the top billing he deserves to prove that he is the star of the show. However, Bugs seems to be the crowd favorite as Daffy can't seem to best him in dancing, a magic act, juggling or playing musical instruments. This pushes Daffy to extreme measures as he performs a deadly stunt in his final attempt to impress the audience. He drinks some gasoline, some nitroglycerin, some gunpowder, some Uranium-238, lights up and swallows a match, causing him to explode. The audience gives him the acclaim he deserves for his performance, but Daffy (now an angel rising to heaven) "can only do it once". Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die prominente Ente See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The exploding musical instrument scheme is the same in three Warner Brothers cartoons. The musical score is "Those Endearing Young Charms". In order, they are, first is Ballot Box Bunny (1951), as Yosemite Sam tried to get rid of Bugs Bunny, with a piano. Second is Show Biz Bugs (1957), as Daffy Duck tried to get rid of Bugs Bunny, with a xylophone. Then in Rushing Roulette (1965), the rivals were Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner. Wile E. Coyote set up a piano, and after the Roadrunner played a 'sour note', Wile E. played the correct theme. The very same musical note, approximately the seventh note to the tenth note, is the note, that is not played correctly, every time and when correctly played, by the schemer, instead gets the explosion occurred to the note. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Daffy Duck: [a taxi pulls up to a theatre and Daffy steps out] How much, my good man?
Taxi Driver: Uh, one block, 25 cents.
Daffy Duck: 25 cents? It's robbery, but I'll pay it.
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Alternate Versions

Full uncut version is featured in the 4-disc Looney Tunes box set released in 2004. While the footage in The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie features the uncut version of Daffy's fatal "stunt mixture", it only uses certain skits from the short as opposed to showing the entire film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(uncredited)
Music by Thomas Moore
[The melody used for the "exploding piano" gag.]
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As the lights dim on Warner Bros. animation, a final burst of brilliance
5 December 2006 | by amberolSee all my reviews

In spite of the late-1950s atmosphere of shrinking budgets and apathy toward theatrical shorts, Friz Freleng pulled off a comedy masterwork here. Yes, some of the gags have been used before, but like other old masters who rework favorite themes during their autumn years, Freleng and Co. distill and focus on the essentials to make this film a highlight of the entire Looney Tunes series. Set in the theatrical milieu Freleng used repeatedly during his Warners tenure, Show Biz Friz responds with a Bugs-Daffy outing that for sheer enjoyment can take its place alongside the Chuck Jones "trilogy" of B&D epics. Note also the animation in the wabbit and duck's "Tea for Two"; such elegance would soon be sacrificed at the altar of Hanna-Barbera and other Saturday morning TV fodder factories.


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