Directed by Greg Ford and Terry Lennon, it was a self-parody of the specials that were produced for Bugs' 50th anniversary. In it, the four toons go through a series of disastrous takes while trying to produce the "Bugs Bunny 51½ Anniversary Special".
The film was completed in 1991, but was withheld from a proper release, supposedly because Warner Bros. were not amused by Daffy accusing them of "not having an original bone in their body". A later short by the same duo which did see a release, Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers, was, ironically, even more critical of the studio.
It was eventually given a quiet release on Cartoon Network in 1997 and has since become a Cult Classic for the edgy humor which originally got it blacklisted. It was also released on the first Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set.
Contains examples of:
- 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: The behind-the-scenes footage, to make it look like a SteadiCam shot.
- Animated Actors: Bugs, Daffy, Elmer and Sam act nice to each other in the special. Behind the scenes, they act like their adversarial selves.
- Animated Outtakes: This short consists mostly of outtakes from a musical number commemorating Bugs Bunny's 51½ anniversary.
- "Bang!" Flag Gun: Elmers shotgun in the special. In one of the bloopers, he substitutes it for a real gun, leading to Daffys angry rant.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Both this short and the proceeding Invasion Of The Bunny Snatchers were scathing criticisms of how Warner Bros. had been shamelessly exploiting the Looney Tunes characters for years while simultaneously robbing them of the edgy, subversive humor that originally made them so beloved. Unlike "...Bunny Snatchers," however, Warners caught on in this film, due to its, er, lack of subtlety.
- Brick Joke: The loose floorboard. Bugs points it out early on and suggests moving the action back so it wouldn't hurt someone. It is forgotten until Daffy steps on it at the end of his rant to Elmer.
- Broken Record: The very first blooper is the playback skipping.
- Chaste Toons: Conversed when Daffy is complaining about how the studio is treating him. "Next thing you know, they'll stick me with three snot-nosed nephews."
- Curse Cut Short: Daffy at the end of Blooper 8. He took offense to Elmer using live ammunition when he was supposed to have a prop gun. He then blindly walks into a loose board Bugs had warned them about earlier while ranting, and gets whacked in the face.Bugs: Ehh, now can we cut?
Daffy: You smug son of a...
(Bugs motions to the camera quickly to cut, and it does before Daffy finishes)
- Dude, Not Funny!: In-Universe example when Elmer tries to shoot Bugs for real, earning shocked exclamations from the crew and a tirade from Daffy.
- Fix It in Post: The special has Sam lighting four rockets. The last blooper reveals that there were supposed to be five, but the last one got caught in Sam's pants and sends him flying. At the end, Bugs suggests that they just fix it in editing.
- Hilarious Outtakes: As expected from the title of this short, there are 11 total bloopers that make up the anniversary special, in a typical Looney Tunes fashion.
- Jumping Out of a Cake: Sam, who is shown to have reservations about it in the behind-the-scenes footage.Sam: What do you think I am, some kinda dad-blasted hootchie-cootchie gal? Do I look like some half-clad female to come a-shimmyin' out of a cake? Why, it ain't decent...
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: In a return to the kind of humor that once made these cartoons so great, the characters are all smiling and cheerful while being filmed, but are the selfish primadonnas they really are once a take ends.
- Rake Take: Daffy stepping on the loose board, which slams into his face, his beak going through a knothole.
- Recycled Soundtrack: The repeated takes used music from the short Hot Cross Bunny (specifically, the scene where Bugs tap dances in front of the doctors).
- Set Behind the Scenes: The short begins with the final product. Then it rewinds to right before the first take, before showing eleven failed takes.
- Take That!: Daffy at one point complains that Warner Bros. might end up giving him "three snot-nosed nephews", likely a shot at Donald Duck's nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, the show that highlighted them having ended around the time this short was completed.
- Throat-Slitting Gesture: Bugs does the "Cut the feed" version right before Daffy curses.
- Toilet Humor: One of the bloopers is that Daffy misses his cue because he was in the bathroom, indicated by an offscreen flushing sound. This has been cited as one of the reasons why the short was shelved.
- Villainous Breakdown: The final take ends with Sam getting taken for a ride by a stray skyrocket, and cursing out Bugs when he's done.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Daffy invokes this upon reading the sappy, overly-friendly script he's been given.