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Western Animation: Show Biz Bugs
"Instead of a xylophone, he'll be playing a harp!"

Show Biz Bugs is a 1957 Looney Tunes cartoon starring Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. In this short, Bugs and Daffy are costars in a stage show, but Bugs is getting top billing and all the applause, while Daffy gets (very distant!) second billing and complete indifference from the audience. Jealous, Daffy tries both one-upmanship and sabotage, until desperation drives him to blow himself up. (This finally works.)

Directed by Friz Freleng. Listed as one of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes. A variation on the scene where Bugs and Daffy dance onstage was used as the opening credits for The Bugs Bunny Show, a Looney Tunes compilation show that ran on Saturday mornings for decades.


Tropes:

  • Chirping Crickets: The audience's reaction every time Daffy tries to entertain them.
  • Eat the Bomb: Basically what Daffy does when he drinks a large assortment of explosive substances and then swallows a match. This, finally, gets the audience's applause.
  • It Only Works Once: Daffy's ghost admits this of the Eat the Bomb trick as he ascends to heaven.
  • Never Work with Children or Animals: Daffy has carefully trained some pigeons to do a little circus act. They fly away when he lets them out of their cage.
  • Produce Pelting: The one time Daffy doesn't get Chirping Crickets, he gets a tomato in the face.
  • Saw a Woman in Half: Part of Bugs's act is to do this with Daffy. The audience goes wild, which enrages Daffy and leads him to tell how the trick was done — until he discovers he's actually been sliced in half.
  • Shave and a Haircut: "Dance... if you're not a coward!"
  • The Show Must Go Wrong: Everything Daffy tries, until the final gag, either goes horribly wrong or bombs with the audience.
  • The Unfavourite: Daffy normally ends up playing the scapegoat every time he's paired up with Bugs, but here it's blown to mammoth proportions, to the point where he actually kills himself onstage just so he can get a standing ovation.
  • Xylophone Gag: Played completely straight, as Daffy wires the xylophone to explode when Bugs plays "Those Endearing Young Charms", only to blow himself up when he corrects Bugs's bad playing. This film provides the picture on the trope page. This gag was a Recycled Premise that was previously used in "Ballot Box Bunny" and would be again in later in "Rushing Roulette".
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