Monsters are iNNNtersting

By Phil Plait | October 30, 2009 2:00 pm

It’s almost Halloween! As a scifi dork, I love this time of year. But also as a man of a certain age, another thing I love is the master of humor his own self, Bug Bunny. So to get you in the Halloweeny mood, soak in the genius of Hare Raising Hare

Tip o’ the brow ridge to Samurai Frog.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, Miscellaneous
MORE ABOUT: Bugs Bunny, Halloween

Comments (35)

  1. Mike

    Wonderful, absolutely wonderful. That sure brought back memories.. Thanks Phil, and happy hallowe’en.

  2. Probably one of my all time favorites. :) They surely don’t make them like that anymore.

    Now, if you want to FRIGHTEN people, you should post links to creationist sites, or anti-vax sites! THAT would be mind-numbingly scary!

  3. Sarcastro

    Chuck Jones was a god.

    Yea Larian, I don’t think anyone in management these days would give Chuck, Friz Freling, Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Rudolf Ising, Ub Iwerks and Robert McKimson the creative freedom they enjoyed at the Termite Terrace which gave the world all of those awesome Warner Bros cartoons of the late 30s to early 50s.

  4. Chris

    It’s Hair-Raising Hare

  5. evinfuilt

    I don’t like Chuck Jones being on that list of greats. Later on when he gained actual control he just went back and remade a lot of Avery’s comics for a new decade. In this case, take its remake here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLCoumFSKFU

  6. David D.G.

    I still prefer “Water, Water, Every Hare,” which recycles a lot of the material in this cartoon. But they are both great, and this version has that golden line, “Don’t go up there — it’s dark!”

    Thanks for promoting such wonderful entertainment, Phil. Happy Halloween!

    ~David D.G.

  7. You have to appreciate the blinking “Evil Scientist” sign. It pays to advertise.

  8. This is why we at Skeptic Magazine scooped up the ‘Monster Talk’ podcast into the Skeptic family of podcasts. So, they are now a ‘sister’ podcast to Skepticality!

    And, of course, right before Halloween! ;)

  9. Kel

    ahhh, that brought back memories. Great work there Phil.

    The Mad Scientist I think is why Steve Buscemi is so off-putting for me.

  10. BJN

    Typo – “Bug Bunny”.

    Do you have to be “a certain age” to recognize the mad scientist as a Peter Lorre caricature?

  11. I’m appalled at the violence in these cartoons! Kids watching these will almost certainly be tomorrows mass murderers!

    Oh wait… we was the kids watching those… :)

  12. Adrian Lopez
  13. Woof

    You have to appreciate the blinking “Evil Scientist” sign. It pays to advertise.

    For a moment there I thought it was Phil’s place…

  14. Brian Too

    And the monster’s lair, with the words painted on the door in huge letters: MONSTER

    Like it needed that!

  15. I'd rather be fishin'

    A classic and full of memories. Bugs Bunny was my introduction to classical music. Everytime I hear “The Barber of Seville” images of Elmer Fudd and that wabbit come back to me.

  16. Kevin

    My Halloween Eve ritual is to listen to the Mercury Theater’s “War of the Worlds” at 8pm on the 30th. I’ve always loved that radio show.

    My brother’s birthday is on Halloween, and after all these years I still don’t know if he is a trick or treat. :D

  17. Buzz Parsec

    Kevin, my brother’s birthday is on Halloween, and there’s no question in his case…

  18. Tensor

    BJN, if you have to be a certain age to recognize Peter Lorre, I unfortunately fall into that certain age. But isn’t it a great caricature?

  19. I need to stock up on electroluminescent wire so I can make a blinking “Evil Scientist” sign for next Halloween.

  20. TheMadLibrarian

    Now I need a “Transylvania 6-500″ chaser.

    “I am a Vampire!!!”

    “Oh yeah? Well, I am an Umpire!”

    Hocus-Cadabra!

  21. Papa Surf

    Wow, I think it’s been at least 30 years since I’ve seen that. It came back into my brain like open floodgates as I watched it. The human mind is amazing. Thanks Phil.

  22. nomuse

    How old do you have to be to recognize that Groucho walk?

  23. I, too, prefer the later version. Much more subtlety and better gag lines.

    “If you only had a living brain….”

  24. mike burkhart

    I like Bugs Bunny he knows how to get even and pull one over on hunters he was the frist rabbit on the moon and mars served his country in ww2 and has saved the Earth from marvin the martians numerious attempts to blow it up with his iludum q 30 space modulator because it obstucts his view of venus yes Bugs Bunny is a real hero

  25. mike burkhart

    One more thing the science in looney toons is confusing maybe Phill can figure out.I from the iludum Q 30 space modulator with the power to destory the Earth and is the size of a firecraker to Duck Dogers disentagrateing pistol that disentagratesnot a good wepon to a solar system where the planets are convently labeled AtoZsould make it easy when this system is dicoverd and how can people hang in the air for 5 seconds before falling if they run off a cliff with out realizing it? Phill figure it out and drop us line on the blog

  26. 15. I’d rather be fishin’ Says:

    A classic and full of memories. Bugs Bunny was my introduction to classical music. Everytime I hear “The Barber of Seville” images of Elmer Fudd and that wabbit come back to me.

    Ki-ill the wa-bbit, ki-ill the wa-bbit.. great, now that will be running through my head (as if there’s anything in there to stop it) all day.
    ;)

    @Mike Burkhart:
    Can’t remember where, but someone DID do an examination of ‘cartoon physics’… should use The Google (with their halloween pumpkin) to find it.
    J/P=?

  27. Sean McCorkle

    One of my favorite cartoons! I always thought that monster was a parody of the Monster from the Id in “Forbidden Planet”

  28. 27. Sean McCorkle Says:

    One of my favorite cartoons! I always thought that monster was a parody of the Monster from the Id in “Forbidden Planet”

    Extremely unlikely, the copyright date (MCMXLV) is 1945 CE, Forbidden Planet was 1956 CE.

    Now, if the animator (from Disney) who did the Id Monster had watched the cartoon…..

    J/P=?

  29. Sean McCorkle

    John Paradox: 1945!! wow never realized it was that old! thanks for the info!

  30. gypkap

    Almost any of the old Warner Brothers cartoons were terrific, but Bugs and Gosssamer were in one of the best!

    Now if Warner Brothers would re-release the Animaniacs cartoons of the 90s, which were as funny as the Warner classics, we could laugh our A**es off again.

  31. Gary Ansorge

    DArn that wascally wabbit!

    Happy halloween and may all your candy be at its most chocolaty.(and low sugar).

    Gary 7

  32. Love that (and pretty much any) Bugs Bunny cartoon. I’ve been doing my part and have introduced Bugs and friends to my kids. My oldest son (6) loves seeing what Bugs will do to beat the “chaser.” My youngest son (2) just likes laughing along taking his cues from my oldest and from me.

    And, like David D.G. (#6), I prefer “Water, Water, Every Hare” if only for the scene where Bugs almost falls down the trap door, walks backward praying, stops by Gossamer and whispers “Think fast, rabbit!” That pretty much sums up Bugs. No matter what happens, he always thinks his way out of the situation. Using your brain to get out of tight jams. Who knew Looney Tunes had moral lessons?!!

  33. @gypkap,

    Animaniacs were hilarious. I believe they’re out on DVD. A quick search of Amazon shows volumes 1, 2 and 3 with a volume 4 on the way. I might have to put those on my Netflix queue and introduce them to my sons also.

  34. Now I’ve watched a tad too much Battlestar Galactica recently, but all I could think of at the end was ‘Bugs loves Cylons?’..

    oh my. [/nerd]

  35. Sarcastro

    I don’t like Chuck Jones being on that list of greats. Later on when he gained actual control he just went back and remade a lot of Avery’s comics for a new decade.

    Really? I find Chuck’s stuff to be more based on Clampett and McKimson than Avery, although Chuck was an animator for Tex before starting to direct. Originality of story aside, Chuck belongs on the list for his character designs (Wile E Coyote for instance) and the amazing expressions he created for his characters.

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