Western Animation / Baseball Bugs
"Baseball Bugs" is a 1946 Looney Tunes
cartoon starring Bugs Bunny
. In this cartoon, Bugs is watching a baseball game at the Polo Grounds between the Gas House Gorillas, a bunch of burly roughnecks, and the Tea Totallers, who are all fragile old men. The Tea Totallers are losing 95-0 when Bugs, who is a fan, starts heckling the Gorillas. The Gorillas in turn force Bugs to play against them in the game. Bugs, playing all by himself, uses his typical schemes to defeat the Gorillas.
Listed in the 2010 book The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes
, and a runner-up on The 50 Greatest Cartoons
- Added Alliterative Appeal: "Watch me paste this pathetic palooka with a powerful paralyzing perfect pachydermous percussion pitch."
- Alliterative Title: "Baseball Bugs".
- Animal Athlete Loophole: Ain't No Rule says a rabbit can't play baseball! Although this is an unusual example in that the opposing team forces Bugs to play.
- Baseball Episode
- Cigar Chomper: Several Gorillas, especially the pitcher.
- Circling Birdies: After Bugs tags out one of the Gorillas, the guy has angelic baseball players playing catch over his head.
- Crew of One: Bugs is forced to play every position for the Tea Totallers, even playing pitcher and catcher simultaneously, which requires him to outrun the ball and catch his own pitch!
- Distracted by the Sexy: The catcher is waiting to tag out Bugs, but Bugs holds up a pinup poster to distract him. Bugs is safe.
- Down to the Last Play: Bugs, leading 96-95 in the bottom of the ninth and with a runner on base, climbs the "Umpire State Building" to catch a Gorilla fly ball for the final out.
- Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Bugs uses his patented rapid contradiction argument to get the umpire that had originally called him out to instead call him safe. This example came five years before the trope namer, "Rabbit Fire".
- Follow That Car: Bugs hails a taxi to "Follow that ball!" after a Gorilla hits a ball out of the Polo Grounds.
- Gretzky Has the Ball: Well, it's a cartoon; in Real Life you can't hail a taxi to chase down a fly ball. But the ending is still interesting—Bugs flings his glove into the air to catch the ball for the last out. Throwing your glove at the ball is illegal and results in a three-base penalty.
- Humiliation Conga: a literal example: the Gorillas score so many runs at one point that they perform a conga line◊ around the bases!
- Instant Gravestone: One Gorilla goes back chasing after a fly ball, yelling "I got it! I got it!". He gets plowed in the ground by the ball and a tombstone pops up saying "He got it."
- Living Statue: After he makes the game-winning catch, the Statue of Liberty sides with Bugs on the call.
- Loophole Abuse: Bugs stretches the rules of baseball a bit. To be fair, so do the Gas House Gorillas. A conga line of constant home runs?
- Not My Driver: That taxi driver plays for the Gorillas.
- Painfully Slow Projectile: Bugs' "slow ball", which manages to strike out three players in succession before even reaching home plate.
- Pinball Gag: Bugs hits a line drive that bounces off all the outfielders, causing each to light up as he's hit. The scoreboard then displays a "Tilt" message.
- One of the Tea Totallers says "I'm only ninety-three-and-a-half years old", a variation of the Lou Costello line "I'm only three-and-a-half years old", a favorite of the Termite Terrace crew.
- One of the billboards advertises Filboid Studge, a fictional food product from a Hector Hugh Munro story.
- The Gashouse Gorillas are a not-so-kind reference to the St. Louis Cardinals, who in the 1930s were known by the nickname of "The Gashouse Gang".
- Telephone Polearm: A Gorilla hacks down a whole tree to use as a bat.
- Tuckerization: There's a billboard for (story man) "Mike Maltese, Ace Detective".
- Visual Pun:
- The bat boy has bat wings.
- When a "screaming liner" is hit, the ball is literally screaming.
- Wartime Cartoon: Released five months after World War II ended, actually, but after tagging out a Gorilla, Bugs holds up a sign saying "Was this trip really necessary?". This was a wartime slogan meant to encourage fuel conservation.