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Bugs Bunny: Big Top Bunny

Classic, inventive cartooning.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1951
  • Running Time: 71 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bugs cheats in a race with a tortoise. Characters frequently attempt to hurt one another.

Violence & scariness

Plenty of cartoon violence. There aren't any guns in this collection, but characters are hit with mallets, blown up and generally abused.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will enjoy Bugs's exploits, but some parents may find aspects of these shorts questionable, including the non-stop violence and Bug's poor role modelling. Some kids may not like the unfamiliar look of the early Bugs Bunny seen in "Tortoise Beats Hare." Very young viewers may be frightened by the monster in "Water Water Every Hare," but it's a pretty absurd looking creature. There's a scene in "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid" when Bugs believes his body has been turned into a skeleton. Older kids, teens and adults will have a blast with this collection.

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What's the story?

BUGS BUNNY: BIG TOP BUNNY packages 10 classic Bugs Bunny episodes. When Bugs joins the circus, he's partnered with the egotistical Bruno, the Dancing Bear in "Big Top Bunny." Bugs challenges Cecil Tortoise to a race in "Tortoise Beats Hare." A mad scientist and his furry, tennis shoe-wearing monster try to steal Bugs's brain in "Water Water Every Hare." An off-screen animator makes Bugs's life miserable in "Rabbit Rampage." In "The Abominable Snow Rabbit," Bugs and Daffy Duck encounter an overly affectionate Abominable Snowman. Bugs protects a little rabbit from Pete Puma in "Rabbit's Kin." Bugs toys with a group of fox hunting hounds in "Foxy by Proxy." In "Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid," he has to defend himself against a goofy buzzard. Bugs gets into a game of golf with a hot-headed Scotsman in "My Bunny Lies Over the Sea." He gives the performance of his life, conducting a symphony in "Baton Bunny."

Is it any good?

QUALITY

It can't be said often enough: Bugs Bunny is one of the greatest cartoon characters ever conceived, and this collection offers 10 reasons why. By giving us 10 cartoons that encompass three decades of the rabbit's career, the range of the character becomes especially clear. Every cartoon here is worthwhile, but a few deserve special mention. "Water Water Every Hare" features Bugs against the red-haired, tennis shoe-wearing monster. It includes the classic bit when Bugs becomes a chatty hairdresser who insists on giving the monster an explosive perm, and boasts a dreamlike conclusion, when the mad scientist continues his pursuit of Bugs in slow motion after both have inhaled ether.

"Rabbit Rampage" is a Chuck Jones remake of his classic of classics "Duck Amuck," in which Daffy Duck was tormented by an off-screen animator. This time it's Bugs who's abused by a malicious artist, and although it doesn't reach the heights of the earlier cartoon, there are enough standout visual gags to make it an enjoyable effort. "The Abominable Snow Rabbit," contains one of Daffy's most memorable lines. After betraying Bugs to the Abominable Snowman, who is determined to keep one of them as a pet, he proclaims, "I'm not like other people. I can't stand pain. It hurts me." And finally, "Rabbit's Kin" pits Bugs against Pete Puma, who, with his oddball voice and extremely bizarre laugh, ranks as Bugs's all-time strangest adversary.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between getting hurt in a cartoon and getting hurt in real life. Why are Bugs and his friends able to get up from getting hit with a mallet when people aren't? Families with older children may want to discuss what makes Bugs a classic character? Why is he still entertaining? How is he different than more modern cartoon heroes?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 12, 1951
DVD/Streaming release date:July 3, 2001
Cast:Mel Blanc
Director:Robert McKimson
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:71 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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