Fridge: Looney Tunes

Fridge Brilliance
  • I was thinking back to Marvin the Martian's motivation to blow up the Earth. He said it "... Obstructs my view of Venus." Then I thought of the connection between Mars and Venus, namely, the old phrase "Men are from Mars, women are from Venus." He just wants to peep.
  • I thinking about Daffy gets shot so many times with relatively little problems. I always figured "its just a cartoon". However it is revealed in the beginning of this cartoon that Daffy actually wears a bulletproof vest.
    • If this is talking about what I think it is then it's shown that the bulletproof vest only protects itself, but doesn't actually protect the person wearing it.
  • The reason Daffy is never applaused? Many cartoons he attempts to steal the show are all star features with past characters in the audience, many of which have been victimized by his screwy antics in the past. Why would they ever wish to praise "that crazy duck"?
    • Utilized in-universe in "Bugs and Daffy's Carnival Of Animals"; Daffy leaves the stage to his usual cricket chirps before examining the audience; all of them Bugs-esque rabbits.
  • In some shorts ("Hot Cross Bunny", "Forward March Hare") Bugs is shown to have very keen eyesight. Why? It's never explained, but it probably has something to do with him eating nothing but carrots.
  • Bugs' New Yorker accent (and having been born in New York). Coney Island literally means "Rabbit Island", named for the huge rabbit populations the Dutch found when they got there.
  • Why is Marvin the Martian dressed like a Roman centurion? Because Mars was named after the Roman god of war.
  • Why don't Roadrunner and Coyote just use their real scientific names? Because given that Roadrunner has an Informed Species to begin with, and Coyote is so heavily anthropomorphized, they probably are entirely different species to their real life counterparts.

Fridge Horror
  • One Looney Tunes short had Bugs pull out a book called "100 Ways to Cook a Duck" and reading from it to encourage Elmer to shoot Daffy instead of him. Daffy responds by pulling out a book called "100 Ways to Cook a Rabbit". It gets creepy when you realize Daffy pulled it from Bugs' rabbit hole. In short, Bugs has a book about cooking his own kind...
    • He could just be reading it to plan his Batman Gambit should the need ever arise.
    • And then the next level of realization kicks in: not only was the book there, but Daffy knew the book was there.
    • And here's another from that same short: in response to this, Elmer says he's a vegetarian, and only hunts for the sport of it. Now think about it: how evil does that make Elmer? In the real world, hunting for sport is common, but the difference here is that the animals are sentient. In short, Elmer's idea of fun is to go around killing self-aware creatures for no reason than For the Lulz. Yosemite Sam and Rocky and Muggsy at least have greed as a motive, but Elmer may just be the most evil of the lot.
    • If we're going to use that line of thinking, Porky is the most evil, since he, too, went hunting in the old shorts and even gunned down his pal Daffy. And he's an animal.
    • Well in some cartoons Daffy and Porky are pals, in others they are adversaries. Daffy and Porky aren't pals in cartoons where Porky is a hunter.
      • From that definition, Elmer Fudd is a serial killer... just a very, very bad one.
      • He's not a killer; in the hunting trilogy he shot Daffy repeatedly and Daffy didn't die. Which leads us, of course, to the conclusion that he's a serial sadist who deliberately has his guns manufactured to cause as much pain as possible without dispatching the victim.
      • As shown in "What's Opera, Doc?" he has no intention of actually killing anyone. In fact, it seems his bullets are totally painless-not once has Daffy (or any other Looney Tune for that matter) shown any sign that being shot actually hurts them. It seems shooting people (or talking animals) in the Looney Tunes verse is more just bad etiquette rather than anything actually serious.
    • 1949's "Long-Haired Hare" has a rather disturbing one at the end, as seen in this blog entry** In "Scaredy-cat", it's heavily implied that the evil mice killed all the town's previous residents.
  • The Road Runner shorts usually saddle Wile E. Coyote with the "Predators are Mean" variant of Carnivore Confusion. But, real roadrunners are also carnivorous.
    • Well, real road runners look and act significantly different from the Road Runner.
  • In "Show Biz Bugs", Daffy said that his final act was being saved for a "special occasion". That involved drinking gasoline, nitroglycerin, gunpowder and a match, and blowing himself up! Gee I wonder what was that "special occasion".
    • He probably thought cartoon physics would save him from actually dying.
  • After World War II, it took time for the US to demobilize, which means that the Gremlins from the Kremlin might have harassed Bugs Bunny as the Enemy Mine between the US and Stalin ended. And Bugs could not even hold his own against one freelance gremlin.
  • The Three Bears are a font of this, since their entire schtick is playing Domestic Abuse for laughs. While later appearances took the edges off, their debut episode ("Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears"') is rife with Fridge Horror despite being only seven minutes long. Papa Bear is a small, ineffectual and angry, the son is a sweet-tempered giant on the receiving end of his father's constant Dope Slap, and Mama Bear (notably lacking the standard trait) is an Extreme Doormat (until Bugs awakens her Mrs. Robinson side by flirting with her. Bad enough, perhaps... until you start to think about it.
    • Papa Bear has way too many real-life domestic abuser traits: notably being an utter self-obsessed Control Freak who demands his wife and son instantly cater to his whims, despite their shortcomings and his failure to explain himself. Finally, he tries to establish that HE is the victim, justifying his abuse by pointing to how dumb his family is. Asshole much?
    • Baby Bear... is he even a baby? There are way too many ways that growing up in an abusive environment can hurt a child mentally and physically. Is his size meant to indicate that he's actually a full-grown adult who was so emotionally stunted that he never left infancy?
    • Mama Bear arguably get his with this the worst - utterly passive and under her husband's control. She doesn't complain that she (like the rest of her family) is presumably starving, doesn't argue against her husband's incredibly stupid idea (and unlike her son, would presumably have the brains to realize just how dumb it was) and her lines are initially timid and halting like's she's afraid to mess up. All it takes to get her to stand up for herself is for a random stranger, who she'd been planning on eating seconds before, to tell her she's beautiful and kiss her, after which she showers said stranger with very unwanted affection. Her phrasing even suggests that it's not Bugs himself that's drawn her eye, but the fact that he made her feel special, which, given her reaction, no one has done in years, if ever. The sheer amount of energy and personality she suddenly exudes (even if lavished on the wrong party) is almost heartbreaking.
  • In line with this, some of the Henpecked Husband cartoons are astonishingly unrestrained in their Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male. "Life With Feathers" has a bird violently tormented by his wife to point of desperately attempting suicide! Meanwhile "His Bitter Half" (and it's remake "Honey's Money") have a wealthy widow play nice with a money hungry suitor...and then turn into a violent ballbuster the moment the wedding vows are done. In the first short, the son even makes Aside Glances anticipating Daffy's abuse, like he's seen it a million times before. Just how were they widowed precisely?

Fridge Logic
  • In Cheese Chasers, Hubie and Bertie O.D. on cheese, and feeling nothing left to live for as they can no longer stand cheese want Claude Cat to eat them. Claude gets traumatized in turn and wants Marc Antony to massacre him. None of the antagonists bother to explain why they want to be eaten/beaten up, and Marc Antony can only deduce "It just don't add up!!" He goes running for the dog catcher.
    • Sylvester has this problem in Life With Feathers. The lovebird never tells Sylvester why he wants him to eat him.
    • Both of these episodes (and any other cartoon episode like them) could have been over almost instantly, if the suicidal character had just kept the fact that they wanted to die to themselves; using "Cheese Chasers" as an example, the biggest mistake the mice made was telling Claude they wanted him to eat them, when he was perfectly willing to do just that a second a go.