Western Animation: Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid

"You naughty, naughty boy!"

Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett, and starring Bugs Bunny.

The short begins in a faraway wasteland, with a Mother Buzzard sending off her quadruplets to get some food for them—save one, the dimwitted Killer (aka. Beaky Buzzard), voiced by Kent Rogers. After being booted away from the nest, he treks off to bring home a rabbit for his ma—and promptly discovers a rabbit hole, housing the ever so nomadic Bugs Bunny. Bugs promply matches wits with the buzzard, resulting in much Hilarity Ensuing.


Tropes:

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When Bugs thinks his body is reduced to a skeleton and breaks down, only to reveal to his audience that he's just putting on a sham.
  • Deathbringer the Adorable: Killer the Buzzard.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Implied during the end.
  • Harmless Villain: Killer.
  • Momma's Boy: Killer the Buzzard.
  • Desert Skull: Bugs falls into a hole next to some cow bones, and he briefly thinks the bones are his. Later, he tricks Killer into thinking the same.
  • Friendly Enemy: Given how meek an opposition Killer is, Bugs' disposal of him is far more playful than usual, even putting an end to his prank when he thinks he's risked traumatising him and Mama Buzzard.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Killer is based on ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's character Mortimer Snerd.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: Bugs inherits Killer's stammering after a large peck on the lips by Mama Buzzard.
  • Stock Footage: The opening of this cartoon was recycled for the opening of another Killer / Beaky the Buzzard short, "The Bashful Buzzard."
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Bugs, as demonstrated on the page image.

Alternative Title(s):

Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid