Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny
|Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny|
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny is one of four Bugs Bunny cartoons produced during 1979-1980, and is also the first new short since 1964's False Hare.
On the last day of school, children emerge from one-room schoolhouse, gushing with joy about summer vacation. Bugs Bunny separately shares this enthusiasm but then quickly realizes how silly this is. While wondering how absurd all this is aloud, he crashes into a tree and falls unconscious.
In a dream sequence, a young Bugs (styled and sharing the same mannerisms as Bugs' nephew Clyde) is excited about a school-free summer when he runs into a young Elmer Fudd. The youthful Bugs and Elmer reprise many of the classic Bugs-Elmer cartoon scenes, including the "death scene" and Bugs threatening to report juvenile Elmer to the authorities. At one point, Elmer falls from a cliff, but is saved and returns to the top of the cliff when they realize they "haven't studied gravity yet."
In the end, Elmer obtains a machine gun (which actually fires corkscrews) and shoots Bugs repeatedly after he crashes into a tree. The dream ends, and the adult Bugs - conscious and apparently never having felt the effects of his own injury - remarks about how he and Elmer probably were "the youngest people to ever start chasing each other." Of course, Bugs could be wrong - a young Wile E. Coyote runs by, chasing an unhatched Road Runner.
- "No more classes! No more books! No more teachers' dirty looks!!!"
- Beck, Jerry and Will Friedwald, "Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons," Henry Holt and Co., New York, 1989. (ISBN 0-8050-0894-2).