Any Bonds Today? is the fan nickname for a 1942 untitled War Time Cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Elmer Fudd and directed by Bob Clampett. With a total length of 1 minute and 38 seconds long it's the shortest officially released Looney Tunes cartoon of The Golden Age of Animation.
This was one of the 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons banned by Cartoon Network for showing racially insensitive content, though, much like "What's Cookin' Doc?", this is one of the least offensive shorts on that list. At worst, the short comes off as a product of its time, thanks to the short scene of Bugs donning blackface and singing like Al Jolson (and, of course, the fact that it's a commercial encouraging viewers of the time to buy war bonds). However, it should be noted that Cartoon Network aired "Any Bonds Today?" as part of an early 2000s ToonHeads special about Warner Bros. studios' rare and obscure animated and live-action pieces and the worst they did to this short was cut Bugs' Al Jolson in blackface part by using a page-turning wipe effect, so the decision to ban it outright on the June Bugs 2001 marathon makes no sense at all.
Any Tropes Today?
- America Won World War II: This is the message the cartoon wants to provide to its audience. Upon purchasing war bonds, of course.
- Blackface: Bugs at one point sings in Blackface. Many modern viewers assume he is imitating a black person, but in reality this is a shout-out to popular singer Al Jolson and his role in The Jazz Singer.
- Bowdlerization: As mentioned above, when this aired on the Cartoon Network ToonHeads special about lost, rare, and obscure Warner Bros. works (both live-action and animated), the entire blackface part was cut by using a simple page-turning effect. It was also one of 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons to be banned for racially insensitive content.
- Bottle Episode: Bugs, Porky and Elmer sing and dance on a stage in front of a background featuring patriotic and militaristic imagery. This is the only location seen in this propaganda War Time Cartoon.
- Minimalist Cast: Only Bugs, Porky and Elmer appear in this cartoon.
- No Plot? No Problem!: Bugs, Porky and Elmer sing and dance in order for the audience to buy war bonds. That's all that happens. But seeing that this cartoon was rushed out after the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7, 1941, and only made to support the war effort it's understandable.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The title card reads "Leon Schlesinger Presents Bugs Bunny", but it is commonly referred to as "Any Bonds Today", since this song is heard throughout most of the picture.
- Patriotic Fervor: The cartoon plays on the fact that if you buy war bonds you're protecting "the land of the free" against the Axis.
- Propaganda Machine: A blatantly direct propaganda cartoon.
- Pun-Based Title: Bugs imitates Al Jolson's song "Mammy" and changes it into "Sammy", referencing Uncle Sam.
- Questioning Title?: "Any Bonds Today?"
- Something Completely Different: Not only is this the shortest ever released Looney Tunes short from The Golden Age of Animation, but it is also the only one where no actual story takes place.
- Time Marches On: Nowadays it's only interesting as a historical curiosity.
- War Time Cartoon: Bugs, Porky and Elmer want the audience to buy war bonds.