Bugs Bunny is, for some reason, adrift in the ocean in a barrel (similar to how "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips" started). He happens to wash up on the island of "Bingzi-Bangzi", which has a large population of very anthropomorphic gorillas. A lovesick female gorilla finds Bug and immediately adopts him as her baby. Bugs, who sympathizes with a crying woman, plays along. However, her husband "Gruesome" is not at all happy at adopting a rabbit, and tries to get rid of Bugs.
Remade in 1959 as "Apes of Wrath". Not to be confused with the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys, CatDog or The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episodes of the same name.
- Bullying a Dragon: In "Apes of Wrath" Bugs goes along with it just to annoy Elvis for his own amusement, especially since Elvis's wife won't hesitate to clobber him if he tries anything. Once the Stork finds and delivers their real baby however, Bugs realizes just how much trouble he's in.
- The Cameo: Tarzan comes swinging through the jungle, calling his classic call.
- Gruesome himself appears as a minor boss in the video game Bugs Bunny & Taz in Time Busters.
- Child Hater: Gruesome can't stand babies, which is why he and his wife don't have a child yet.
- Zig-Zagged in "Apes of Wrath". Here, Gruesome (renamed Elvis) WANTS to be a father but when the stork substitutes Bugs for the missing baby gorilla he was supposed to deliver, Elvis wants no part of it, especially when Bugs goes out of his way to annoy him for his own amusement.
- Coconut Meets Cranium: A coconut falls on Gruesome's head, breaking into a shape that looks just like a football helmet.
- Digital Destruction: The Golden Collection DVD restoration had truly terrible DVNR art erasing throughout many parts of the cartoon. The Platinum Collection DVDs and Blu-ray discs (as well as the HBO Max streaming version) rectified this with a new restoration, thankfully.
- Fiery Redhead: Gruesome has a red tuft of hair on top of his head, and he has the worst temper of all the gorillas.
- Goo Goo Getup: Mrs. Gruesome dresses Bugs in a bonnet and a diaper when he agrees to be her baby.
- Hero Antagonist: Bugs in "Apes of Wrath".
- Jungles Sound Like Kookaburras: The trilling kookaburra noise, which of course in Real Life would not be heard in any jungle and definitely nowhere near where gorillas live, is heard as the cartoon fades out.
- Killer Gorilla: Gruesome tries hard to murder Bugs.
- Monkey Morality Pose: A drawing of the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" monkeys can briefly be seen on the wall of the Gruesome household.
- The Not Catch: Gruesome throws Bugs very high in the air, poses to catch him, then scoots out of the way at the last second as Bugs plummets to earth.
- No-Sell: In Apes of Wrath, when Bugs orders his pursuer to not cross a rope bridge to his mountain hes standing on, lest he cut the rope, the ape has none of it and simply uses the rope to pull Bugss entire mountain to him. Bugs is appropriately cowed.
- Primal Chest-Pound: Gruesome angrily pounds his chest when Bugs smacks him in the head. Bugs responds to it by mockingly pounding his own chest, which makes Gruesome furious.
- Standard Snippet: Hey, it's Warner Bros., what do you expect? They have to make use of their songbook.
- In the beginning, Bugs carelessly sings, "Down Where the Trade Winds Play" and "Someone's Rockin' My Dreamboat".
- During the chase sequence, Raymond Scott's "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" plays at a faster tempo.
- Taxonomic Term Confusion: Bugs tells Mrs. Gruesome that he is species Rodentus rabbitus. Rabbits aren't rodents; rodents are the order Rodentia while rabbits are Lagomorpha.
- Victory by Endurance: Gruesome finally catches Bugs and seems to be about to pound him into a pulp, when he tires and collapses from exhaustion.Bugs: I wore him out!
- Vine Swing: How the gorillas get around. Bugs gets proficient at this by the end of the cartoon.
- Vocal Dissonance: This is a rare short in which Mel Blanc voices a female character, in this case Mrs. Gruesome. She essentially sounds like Mel doing a poor falsetto voice.