Bob Clampett Loads Up On Radio References in Buckaroo Bugs (1944)
A hard-charging BobClampett go at Bugs Bunny, and
done during wartime for maximum noise and putting action in our faces. An OTR expert should study WB cartoons and list lifts from radio of the day.
I'm beginning to think every voice was a steal from someone's broadcast, but
how to know them all with minimal knowledge of what came over airwaves then?
Clampett said he listened constant when not haunting theatres to look at rival
cartoons, him a sponge for spillings off pop culture. Aren't we as
much so for catch-phrasing picked up from view of WB's since? Helpful
too was Clampett and team being young enough to enjoy novelty of then-popular
trends. At what age did animators get jaded? Aggression was welcome in
wartime cartoons, too much of it a good thing so far as combat-ready audiences
went. I'm thinking Bugs Bunny got a biggest boost from servicemen who dug his
brio. Trouble is, times do change, as does saturation point for come-on-strong
characters, thus Bugs at high pitch can offput. His opponent is
"Red Hot Ryder," such a "maroon" that you wish to heaven BB
would stop picking on him. The rabbit walked a tightrope over our sympathies,
and for me in this instance, fell off it.