Here’s another neat Looney Tunes fact, (because it’s one of my favourite cartoons ever and I love learning everything I can about it and sharing that knowledge even when no one asks for it).
There’s this really common myth that Mel Blanc, (the man who voiced Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots because when he recorded lines as Bugs, he would eat carrots when Bugs did and then spit them out into a spittoon, as though he didn’t want to get an allergic reaction, but he only spat them out because he couldn’t say his lines otherwise, not because he was allergic to carrots. Have you ever tired speaking with a mouth full of food? It’s pretty hard.
Did you guys know that carrots are actually bad for rabbits? They’re too high in sugar and can lead to tooth decay and other serious health defects in our furry little friends. So why did Bugs Bunny eat them all the time? Because of Clark Gable, that’s why.
The reference might not seem so obvious to us know, but when Bugs first appeared in theaters over seventy years ago the audience immediately understood that when Bugs ate a carrot and talked with his mouth full; he was parodying Clark Cable in Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934).
It turns out that, according to Friz Freleng’s unpublished memoirs, that It Happened One Night was one the animators favorite films and that at least three characteristics of Bugs Bunny are based on the film. Besides Clark Gable inspiring Bugs’ carrot addiction; his personality was based on Oscar Shapely, a minor character in the film who consistently referred to Gable as Doc. Not only that, the famous Rabbit was named after Bugs Dooley; an imaginary character mentioned in the film.
Sure, It Happened One Night is considered to be one the best romantic comedies of all time, and it might have been directed by Frank Capra, who’s arguably the greatest American film director ever; but this might be one of those rare cases where the parody has outlived the original reference.
Some what related: When Bugs Bunny referred to Elmer Fudd as “Nimrod” he was ironically referencing Nimrod from the book of Genesis who was a mighty hunter. Children growing up with Bugs Bunny (self included) not familiar with the story, grew up thinking that “Nimrod” was an insult of stupidity or incompetence.
Another instance where the parody has outlived the original reference.
I remember as a kid watching Felix the cat they were calling the little sciencey dude Poindexter and I just thought they were insulting him, then when I realized it was his actual name I wondered if maybe the character was old enough to be the reason people associate the word “Poindexter” with derisive slang for geekiness.
(and he totally is)
I know it’s a bit unrelated to what’s being discussed but here’s another unknown yet really cool Looney Tunes fact.
Before Mel Blanc, (the voice actor behind almost every Looney Tunes character) began the voice work for Porky Pig, he decided to spend several weeks on a pig farm so he could study the pigs and how they acted. He noticed that the pigs made very low grunting noises and so he used that as the basis for Porky Pig’s vocal mannerisms.
So you see, Porky Pig doesn’t stutter. He grunts. Isn’t that neat?
nothing much. You become part of the earth again and a bush will grow on you and a dog might pee on the bush and it’ll rain loads. The sun will dry you up and you’ll evaporate and be floating around in the wind doing cool tricks on unsuspecting wearers of swishy dresses or those who have important hair styles. That’s what’ll happen to you body. I don’t really know about souls, but I know that if you were loved you will stick around in the hearts and heads and throats of people for ages yet.
"Mass Effect Saga" - Illustration for Bioware by Sam Spratt
To celebrate the anniversary of the Mass Effect trilogy, I painted this poster for Bioware — available at their store in 2 editions. With a little under 2 weeks and a mess of replayi—err, *research* to do, I sketched out a composition that’d get the best of it in there, and began painting the majority of key players and aspects from the series. With a roster as large as the game has: I was selective (my custom ginger Shep did not make the cut). The special edition even has metallic inks on the golden text and border elements which I’m particularly fond of. You can snag one HERE.