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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

Have A Carrot on Me

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      Bugs Bunny is 70.

      It was on July 27th, 1940 that he appeared in his first feature (there was another sighting in a different cartoon but the rabbit hardly looked like Bugs), uttering the catch-phrase, "What's up, Doc?"    And then there's Elmer Fudd, sporting a red beezer and spitting out classic lines left and right.

      Bugs isn't part of the Saturday network lineup anymore, and that's not right.   The stuff holds up (there hasn't been a theatrical release of a Bugs Bunny movie since 1964, giving  you an idea of just how old the body of his work is) and it still gets a chuckle from kids who have been reared to have far more sophisticated tastes.    Bugs never talked down to kids and made 'em feel like adults.    And, he could make you feel like a kid again when you watched with your own children.    Bugs Bunny may be 70 years old, but he'll be timeless on whatever screen he appears on and will always have the ability to roll back your personal odometer to simpler times when all you needed for a perfect Saturday morning was a bowl of sugary cereal and one of your six available black and white channels tuned to a wascally wabbit.

       Take eight minutes out of your life and be a kid again.



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