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The Bugs Bunny Show is a long-running American television anthology series hosted by Bugs Bunny, that was mainly composed of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons produced for Warner Bros. between August 1, 1948 and the end of 1969. The show originally debuted as a primetime half-hour program on ABC in 1960, featuring three theatrical Warner Bros. cartoons with new linking sequences produced by the Warner Bros. Cartoons staff. After three seasons, The Bugs Bunny Show moved to Saturday mornings, where it remained in one format or another for nearly four decades. The show's title and length changed regularly over the years, as did the station broadcasting it: both ABC and CBS have broadcast versions of The Bugs Bunny Show. In 2000, the series, by then known as The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show, was canceled after the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies library became exclusive to the Cartoon Network family of cable TV networks.

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1 Censorship Clipping violence and policial incorrectness
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2 Never Boned Still rocks.
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3 Death Mel Blanc
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4 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 Bill Lava conducting the later cartoons' music is the true BTF moment. Milt Franklyn was not nearly as good as Carl Stalling (yet Franklyn did "One Froggy Evening"), but he was somewhat acceptable. Lava completely stunk up the cartoons, including the mid-1960s Road Runner shorts. Stalling conducted and arranged a seven-minute "symphony interrupted by a cartoon", both of which were virtuoso performances. Stalling always found a perfect piece for any particular scene. Also, -- Submitted By: (OldsVistaCruiser) on April 19, 2011, 6:15 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
2 WB hasn't released any of the really controversial stuff yet on DVD (for example, Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarves, or Second World War propaganda cartoons with stereotype protrayals of Japanese soldiers), but what they have released to date (six 4 DVD sets) has been totally uncut. In addition, the material has been nicely restored and cleaned up, without going so far as to fix it up too much. The DVDs also contain a wealth of extras and supporting material. If you like WB cartoons and haven't bought the DVDs yet, pick them up -- you're in for a treat! -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on July 27, 2009, 9:59 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
3 The classic Bugs Bunny cartoons still rock and always will. The show on TV, however, boned when they started editing out everything that was considered overly violent or politically incorrect - for example, the "singing frog guy" not getting an audience until he put out a sign announcing "FREE BEER!" In the "edited for PC" version, "Free Admission" draws a crowd. When you're old enough to remember the cartoons in their full intact glory, the cuts are REALLY annoying! I would buy DVD collections of the cartoons if there was a guarantee that they were uncut, and therefore untouched by the bluenosed hyper-PC fish-boners at WB. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 27, 2009, 6:27 am - (4 votes) - Login to Vote
4 When referring to the decline of Warner Brothers cartoon, you're really referring to the decline of the cartoons at the cinema, as nearly all of the WB cartoons now seen on TV were originally made for theatrical exhibition, and by the time that the original Bugs Bunny Show (before it was merged with the separate Road Runner show that came later) came about, the WB theatrical cartoons were either already extinct, or in terminal decline. I date the BTF moment for the theatrical cartoons to somewhere in the 1958 to 1960 timeframe. It isn't any one thing: It just becomes gradually apparent that the quality of the work being produced by these very talented artists was in decline. Among the evidence of this decline is less attention provided to the musical scores, noticeably cheaper animation, recycling of material from older cartoons, the death of Arthur Q. Bryan (voice of Elmer Fudd), etc. Some very good material was still done during this time: "What's Opera Doc?", often considered the finest Cartoon ever made, was done in 1958, but increasingly, these are the exception. It is perhaps indicative of the state of affairs that Chuck Jones had to 'steal' the extra time needed to make 'Opera' a masterpiece by having his crew make Road Runner cartoons before and after, so that extra time 'borrowed' from the RR cartoons could be used to do 'Opera' properly. In a way, the Warner Brothers cartoons could almost be divided into several different programs, as there is a considerable difference in the cartoons over the years. This was emphasized more in the past: in my youth, the cartoons were usually divided up into 4 different packages roughly according to their era. The first package contained the black and white cartoons, generally from 1940 or earlier: the older Porky Pig cartoons and the earliest appearances of Daffy Duck. The next package (and the least often seen) were the color cartoons from about 1940 to 1947. (At one point, Warner Brothers sold their entire catalog of pre 1947 films, including the cartoons: they only bought the pre 1947 cartoons back a few years ago. Thus, the pre 1947 stuff usually appeared on independent stations, and at odd times, usually very early in the morning). Next was the stuff that people are most familiar with, the theatrical cartoons from 1947 to about 1964 or so. And finally, the cartoons produced for Warner Brothers (by Depatie Freleng, I think) from 1964 up to the end of 1969 were usually off in a package of their own. Each of these eras is different, with different directors (although the most fondly remembered is probably the 1947 to 1964 triumvirate of Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and Robert McKimson: my youthful counterparts had all these names memorized, and we worshipped these people!) and different styles. At its best, the output of the Warner Brothers cartoon department ranks as probably the finest short animation ever produced. Given this, it was positively painful to watch these cartoons cut up in the name of 'excessive violence' by the TV networks. We all grew up on this stuff, and anyone over the age of four years old knew that what happened in a cartoon (or a cartoon equivalent, like The Three Stooges) was *entertainment*, not a blueprint for real life. In fact, I think that the censorship of these cartoons for so-called violence was largely a sham, as there was plenty of more objectionable material out there. I think that the real reason that the cartoons were being cut was to reduce running time so that more commercials could be inserted. The ongoing release of the Warner Brothers cartoon catalog on DVD frees us from this, and we can see these cartoons (violent gags and all) as their creators meant them to be seen. (Remember that these cartoons weren't specifically intended for children: they were intended for everyone, and were aimed at adults at least as much as children). This is Retro TV at its finest! -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on July 24, 2009, 7:19 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 There's no doubt some shorts were better than others, but overall the Merrie Melodies/Looney Tunes cartoons never really jumped. Even some of the later shorts (the ones with the acid trip looking opening logo) had their moments. -- Submitted By: (LoyalPigeon) on April 28, 2009, 8:25 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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