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. It's in essence a Propaganda film where the trio promote buying war bonds to finance the government's war effort.
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.
- 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.