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Recap / Tiny Toon Adventures S 1 E 50 Who Bopped Bugs Bunny

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The 50th episode, both of the first season and overall, of Tiny Toon Adventures. When Bugs and his prized Schloscar award disappears the night he was to receive his latest award in Paris and Daffy is framed for it, can Buster and Babs figure out who the real culprit is and why he did it?

The episode opens with Bugs Bunny's short Knighty Knight Bugs playing on a TV as a green elephant named Sappy Stanley, watches in disgust in a laboratory. He unveils a robotic duplicate of himself, clearly planning on using it in a revenge scheme against the rabbit.


The scene changes to Paris, France, where the Zherry awards are being held, and Bugs is being awarded with. The Tiny Toons have come with the Looney Tunes and take to their seats. Before the ceremony begins, Bugs is admiring his prized Schloscar (the one he got for the aforementioned Knighty Knight Bugs), Daffy is envious of Bugs' greatness as usual, and Buster and Babs run to get some snacks before the show starts. Meanwhile, Stanley gets into his robotic body double before going out to host the Zherry awards and produces a phony Schloscar statue. When the ceremony starts, Stanley goes out on stage and introduces Daffy. As Daffy is on-stage ranting about how he should get an award like Bugs' Schloscar, Stanley slips the fake Schloscar into Daffy's suit, then exits his robotic clone unnoticed.


Stanley disguises himself as a female elephant and runs for Bugs' and Daffy's dressing rooms, bowling over Buster and Babs in the process. Removing his female disguise, Stanley sneaks into Bugs' dressing room through a passage in Daffy's, grabs Bugs' Schloscar, and...


Stanley returns to the stage just in time to announce Bugs' arrival on stage...and Bugs doesn't show. Pete Puma discovers that Bugs is no longer in his now-ransacked dressing room, and shortly afterward, what appears to be Bugs' Schloscar is discovered to be in Daffy's possession. Daffy is arrested, but Bugs is still missing. Buster and the others decide to figure out how to clear Daffy's name and where Bugs is. Indignant, Plucky drags Hamton along to go off to attempt to break Daffy out of prison, only to get thrown in themselves. Meanwhile, Buster and Babs set off to solve the mystery of the missing Bugs. They set off to interview Stanley about the incident, however, Stanley refuses to talk about it any further than he already has now matter how many times they ask. Buster and Babs decide to look for clues at the scene of the crime instead.


There, Buster and Babs discover the dress worn by the woman (actually Stanley) who ran into them last night by the passage to Bugs' dressing room in Daffy's. Deducing that the dress belongs to Stanley, the bunnies find a very flustered Stanley about to film one of his shorts at a nearby film studio. Buster and Babs present the dress to Stanley, who claims that it belongs to his mother, who was supposedly there that night. Buster and Babs decide to interview her instead, but Stanley quickly dresses his robotic double as his mother to interview the bunnies and throw them off his trail.

Buster and Babs are left confused and can't figure out how to prove that Stanley did it, or even why Stanley would want to attack Bugs in the first place. Eventually, though, they discover a way to view Stanley's life-story at Stanley's chateau and find that Stanley has a prime motive. They find out about Stanley's secondary hobby as a mechanical genius before he became an actor and was eventually nominated for a Schloscar for his film "Which Way to the Arctic". However, Stanley's short lost to Bugs' short "Knighty Knight Bugs". Bitter and outraged, Stanley became disillusioned with Hollywood and moved to France. The video is all the proof Buster and Babs need to discover Stanley's jealousy of Bugs and realize that he indeed engineered the show to bring about Bugs' downfall. Now all that's left is to prove Stanley actually did the deed and clear Daffy's name.

Buster and Babs trick Stanley into attending a party in his honor at the scene of the crime and confront the elephant with the evidence against him, including how he used a robotic body double of himself to make it so Stanley still appeared to be on stage even while he sneaked off stage through a trap door, bopped Bugs, and stole his Schloscar. They find Bugs' Schloscar in Stanley's trunk and realize that the one Daffy had was a fake to pin the crime on him. Found out, Stanley attempts to get away with the Schloscar in his car, but Buster and Babs get in it with him and in the ensuing mayhem crash the car into Stanley's house. It's at Stanley's house that Buster and Babs find Bugs in the basement, tied up in a chair and being forced to watch Stanley's cartoons. They rescue Bugs and give him his Schloscar back.

Afterwards, Bugs and the others fly back home, but feel that they've forgotten something. It turns out that they've forgotten Daffy, Plucky, and Hamton, who are inexplicably still in prison, now with Stanley alongside them. Daffy expresses displeasure with the ending to the cartoon.

Tropes found in this episode include:

  • Animation Bump: Jon Mcclenahan's animation (seen in a good chunk of the first act, and a little of the third) is a big improvement over the rest of the episode's animation.
  • Artist Disillusionment: Stanley leaves American cinema for France after losing his Schloscar to Bugs, telling Hollywood that they can keep Bugs.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Stanley is inconsistently drawn as having his mouth at the end of his trunk or at the right location.
  • Award Snub: In-universe, the whole plot happens because one of Stanley's cartoons was nominated for a Schloscar only to lose to one of Bugs. Stanley doesn't take it well, to say the least.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Bugs is saved and Stanley is arrested, but for some reason, Daffy (and Plucky and Hamton) are kept in prison.
  • Body Double: As part of his plan against Bugs, Stanley creates a robotic duplicate of himself to hide inside, then exit to bop Bugs with no one the wiser.
  • Butt-Monkey: Daffy, as usual. No one but Plucky and Hamton applaud for him when he gets on stage at the Zherrys, he gets framed for a crime he didn't commit, and even when his name is cleared he is still kept in prison alongside the true culprit for no explained reason.
    Daffy: This ending is dethpicable!
  • Captain Ersatz: Sappy Stanley himself is a parody of Sidney the Elephant, also known as Silly Sidney. A cartoon featuring this character (called "Sidney's Family Tree") was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject in 1958, but lost to, yep, you guessed it, Bugs Bunny's "Knighty Knight Bugs".
  • Clear My Name: Daffy is originally blamed for the crime, and Buster and Babs need to figure out who actually committed the crime so Daffy's name can be cleared. (Not that it helps much when it does happen.)
  • Coconut Meets Cranium: Stanley's schtick in his cartoons. He even gets mad at the director for trying to explain the gag to him.
    "Wait a minute! Are you trying to tell me how to do the coconut gag?! Let me tell you something, Mister, I was doing the coconut gag before you were born! I invented the coconut gag, you got that? I taught this country how to laugh!"
  • Credits Gag: Comedy In The Wrong Hands: A Dangerous Weapon
  • Cruel Elephant: Sappy Stanley fits this trope to a T. He wants revenge on Bugs for winning the Shloskar award he thought was rightfully his, and does so by stealing Bugs' Shloskar and framing Daffy for the crime.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Stanley is a big star in France, implied to financially comfortable. His Revenge Before Reason ends up with him in prison, presumably destroying his career, reputation and fortune.
  • Freudian Excuse: Stanley losing a Schloscar to Bugs in 1958 and feeling that no one appreciates his talent, which drives his actions in the episode.
  • Gay Paree: The setting of the episode.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In-universe. Even though he's become obscure in America, Sappy Stanley is still a big star in France.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: All these years, Stanley was jealous of Bugs after being passed over for a Schloscar. When Bugs winds up in Paris, he sees the perfect opportunity to get even. Daffy exhibits this towards Bugs like he usually does as well, to the point that it would be found as a motive to bop and kidnap Bugs.
  • Honorable Elephant: Averted; no honor to find with Stanley here.
  • Informed Species: Stanley is an elephant, but because he has his mouth (with teeth) at the end of his trunk most of the time, it makes him look more like an anteater than an elephant.
  • Mystery Episode: When Bugs gets bopped and Daffy is accused of stealing Bugs' Shloskar, it's up to Buster and Babs to solve the mystery and clear Daffy's name.
  • Mythology Gag: Bugs' Non Sequitur, *Thud* upon his rescue is actually a line used by him back in the Looney Tunes short Falling Hare.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Stanley. On the stage, he's a happy-go-lucky elephant who has to deal with getting hit by coconut-throwing chimpanzees, but off-stage, he's a Prima Donna Director who wants revenge on Bugs for winning the Shloscar award he thought was rightfully his.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: When Buster and Babs find Bugs, all Bugs can say is: "I'm only twee-and-a-half years old!" before falling out onto the floor.
  • Off-Model: This episode features some of the sloppiest animation from Kennedy Cartoons, some of it looking worse than usual. Most notable is the ending prison scene, where the characters are drawn very poorly. This may have had to do with the fact that Glen Kennedy was not the animation director for this one.
  • Prima Donna Director: Stanley in the day following the bopping incident, goes off to film one of his shorts and acts like a donkey's butt to his entire crew, getting mad at one guy for simply sitting on a couch drinking coffee. It's implied that his attitude is coming from the stress of keeping his cover.
  • Reality Ensues: Plucky decides to break Daffy out of prison by sneaking into the prison and picking the lock to Daffy's cell and leaving in the dead of night while dressed in black. The minute Plucky touches a lock on the roof of the jail building, a thousand alarms go off and he and Hamton get thrown in the click with Daffy.
  • Robotic Reveal: Averted with Stanley's robotic double; the viewers are aware of this the entire time. Played straight later when Buster and Babs use their own robotic duplicates as part of their plan to trap Stanley.
  • Sanity Slippage: The entire time, Bugs has been tied to a chair in Stanley's house being forced to watch his cartoons. Needless to say, he's not in a sound state of mind by the time he is rescued.
    Bugs (twitching wildly) I'm only twee-an-a-half years old!
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title itself is a fairly obvious reference to Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
    • The premise of the episode is that of a Columbo episode. Furthermore, Buster and Babs dress and talk like the eponymous detective.
  • Something We Forgot: At the end of the short, Daffy, Plucky, and Hamton are still in jail as everybody heads back to ACME Acres.
  • Sore Loser: Stanley did not take losing the Shloskar to Bugs well, having scorned the film industry and moved to Paris, where he spent decades planning his revenge on Bugs.
  • Stylistic Suck: From what we see of Stanley's cartoons, all of them basically consisted of him looking for cheesecake before two monkeys assault him with a barrage of coconuts to the head.
  • Toothy Bird: Non-avian example. Stanley has his mouth (with teeth) at the end of his trunk, though he was pretty inconistent. Occasionally, he would have his mouth in the normal location, so either he had two mouths or the animators weren't paying any attention to what they were doing.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Furrball is actually shown arriving at the Zherry awards with Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton at the very beginning. After this, however, he disappears and never shows up in the short again.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Stanley. He even quotes Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard word-for-word.
  • The Worst Seat in the House: While the Looney Tunes stars are in the front row of the Zherry awards audience, the Tiny Toon kids are stuck in the nosebleed section.

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