October 12, 2010 |
Some cinematic rules are iron-clad: The man in the white hat wins the shootout, brunets are smarter than blonds, and Bugs Bunny always, always emerges triumphant. No matter the circumstances, no matter the opponent, Bugs is unruffled, chomping on his ever-present carrot like a cigar, another bon mot at the ready. As Chuck Jones observed of his most famous creation, "We are all of us Daffy, Elmer and Wile E. Coyote. We just wish we were Bugs. " Now, two new DVD collections of Bugs' best work, "Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire" and "The Essential Bugs Bunny," have been issued by Warner Home Video to remind viewers ?
June 29, 2013 |
Warner Bros., where Bugs Bunny was born in 1940, understood the power of music. The studio's Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon series avidly used music from Wagner, Rossini and Brahms, showed Bugs Bunny as an orchestra conductor, ballet dancer and an opera singer, and sometimes offered parodies of noted operas. A few years after Looney Tunes' inception in 1930 and Merrie Melodies' a year later, Warner Bros. brought on composer Carl Stalling as a staff member to set the animation to music.
July 7, 2013 |
Particularly for those of us with children, Los Angeles residents are often left wondering why we live here. The basic costs of living are comically high, public transportation is woefully inadequate, and most public schools can't afford rudimentary arts programs. For all its size and sprawl, the city doesn't have nearly enough parks or public spaces but manages to generate choking traffic and diabolical motorists. And then you take your kids to "Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II" at the Hollywood Bowl featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by George Daugherty, and you realize, oh, yes, this is why we live in Los Angeles.
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July 4, 1989
Mel Blanc, the voice behind Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, the Road Runner's "Beep!" and Woody Woodpecker's laugh, was in serious condition Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a spokesman said. Blanc, 81, was suffering from several medical conditions, including a heart problem, said hospital spokesman Ron Wise. His condition has remained unchanged for a week. He entered the hospital May 19.
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May 13, 2002 |
Albert Law Stoffel, 92, whose writing included Golden Books for children and the Bugs Bunny comic strip, died May 6 in Santa Monica of unspecified causes. Born in Racine, Wis., Stoffel studied journalism at the University of Kentucky and worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer. He spent a year in Italy writing publicity for Rome's Excelsior Hotel. Stoffel served in the Navy during World War II and then spent the next 30 years as editor and manager of Western Publishing Co.
November 15, 1990
Bugs Bunny, celebrating his 50th birthday, has been selected grand marshal of the 41st Annual "The Fabulous Holiday--Christmas Lane Parade" to be presented at 1 p.m. Sunday. The parade also will feature co-teen marshals Brian Green of "Beverly Hills 90210" and Christie Clark of "Days of Our Lives." Some of the other celebrities appearing will include Iron Eyes Cody, Alizath Wiener of "My Two Dads," Billy Barty, Dr.