The Bunny/Duck Rivalry Continues: Show Biz Bugs (1957)
Bugs is subdued witness to Daffy's utter breakdown
and ultimate death caused by jealousy nurtured since war's end and Chuck Jones
influence over Looney Tune characters. But Show Biz Bugs was directed by Friz
Freleng, who followed Jones' lead to furthering of one-note Daffy madness.
Let's put it this way: I liked things better when this Duck was plain Daffy,
even as Show Biz Bugs easily ranks among best of WB cartoons from any period.
Must Daffy be so humiliated? The dressing room he's given for a vaude
engagement with Bugs turns out to be a toilet (literal), and crickets instead
of applause greet his stage entrance. Sound fx andclever lines took place of
fuller animation once cash for cartoons got tight. Average cost for Warner
reels during the 1957-58 season was $25,942, down from a previousyear,
so belts were tightening, and why not with execs arguing that reissued cartoons could
earn a same as new ones? Show Biz Bugs' greater value came of television feeding off it and others of the Warners library. No telling how much
revenue can be attributed to Show Biz Bugs once $ made since '57 are factored in.