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Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster

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Story by  Greg Ford Terry Lennon
Initial release  1991
Production company  Warner Bros. Cartoons
7.4/10 IMDb

Directed by  Greg Ford Terry Lennon
Layouts by  Alan Bodner
Directors  Greg Ford, Terry Lennon
Voices by  Arthur Q. Bryan Jeff Bergman June Foray Stan Freberg
Music by  Carl W. Stalling Milt Franklyn
Backgrounds by  Alan Bodner Pat Keppler Mark Kaplan Cotty Kilbanks Graig Robertson
Voices  Arthur Q. Bryan, Jeff Bergman, June Foray, Stan Freberg
Music director  Carl Stalling, Milt Franklyn
Cast  Mel Blanc, Jeff Bergman, June Foray, Stan Freberg, Arthur Q Bryan
Similar  Bugs Bunny's Wild Worl, The Bugs Bunny Mystery S, Bugs vs Daffy: Battle of t, Daffy Duck's Easter Sp, Bugs Bunny in King Arth

Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster is a 1991 Looney Tunes Television special directed by Greg Ford and Terry Lennon. In new animation, Jeff Bergman voiced Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Elmer and Sylvester.


Shorts used

  • Baton Bunny (the first event; retried again as the last event which was ruined by a fly)
  • Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in The William Tell Overture (the second event; this was originally produced for this special and also later released as standalone short)
  • Back Alley Oproar (used when Sylvester tried to ruin Elmer's Hungarian Rhapsody)
  • Rabbit of Seville (the Fourth Event)
  • What's Opera Doc? (the last event on the agenda but Bugs tried Baton Bunny again after)
  • Plot

    While reading the newspaper, The Three Bears decide to go to the opera. Also seen in the paper is the headline Experimental Fly escapes, cannot be killed.

    After a clip from Rabbit of Seville of the audience walking in, Bugs Bunny emerges from his dressing room and begins to conduct. In the audience, the fly lands on Papa Bear's head; Baby Bear tries to squash it with his toy wagon, but only succeeds in knocking Papa unconscious. The fly flies up to Bugs, whose conducting is ruined.

    Porky Pig starts playing the William Tell Overture before Daffy Duck. Daffy is angered, and a fight ensues. The Lone Ranger and his horse Silver come in when the music is over.

    Elmer Fudd is up, and Sylvester starts singing. In effect, Elmer decides to throw Sylvester out. Elmer starts to conduct Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 when Sylvester runs up and down the stairs singing Hungarian Rhapsody. Elmer beats up Sylvester and walks back in, but sees that the audience loved Sylvester's act. Elmer quits, declaring that he has been "humiwiated fow the wast time."

    Bugs introduces The Barber of Seville when Porky informs him that Elmer quit. Bugs goes to get him back and tricks him back onto set, performing Rabbit of Seville. Bugs then tells him how they loved it and changes him into his Wagnerian warrior costume. Bugs tells him he'll like the next one because he gets to kill Bugs. They perform What's Opera Doc?.

    Bugs then takes another shot at conducting, unaware that the fly has driven the audience away. and like the end of "Baton Bunny", the fly claps as Bugs shrugs and finally bows.


  • Sylvester's Hungarian Rhapsody from Back Alley Oproar is reused here, with new animation because while Warner/Chappell Music held the rights to the music in the cartoon, Turner Entertainment (through the 1956 a.a.p. sale and various mergers) owned the rights to the footage at the time (Warner would not regain the rights until 1996, despite the studio having the cartoon's original negatives stored in the WB vault).
  • In the audience, you see cameos of Mr. Meek from "The Wise Quacking Duck", the two stranded men from "Wackiki Wabbit", and Granny and Sam from "Hare Trimmed".
  • References

    Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster Wikipedia