|Any Bonds Today?|
Any Bonds Today? is a song written by Irving Berlin, featured in a 1942 animated propaganda film starring Bugs Bunny. Both were used to sell war bonds during World War II. The information presented here is only the cartoon.
The 90-second cartoon, commissioned by the Treasury and now in the public domain, was designed to encourage movie theater audiences to buy defense bonds and stamps. Its title card identifies it as Leon Schlesinger Presents Bugs Bunny, but it is more widely known as Any Bonds Today?.
Bob Clampett directed the film, which started production in late November 1941 and was completed eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
In it, Bugs Bunny sings a portion of Berlin's song against a patriotic backdrop, at one point going into a blackface parody of Al Jolson. For the song's last refrain, he is joined by Porky Pig, in Navy uniform, and Elmer Fudd, in Army garb.
Despite this being one of the 12 banned Bugs Bunny cartoons that was meant to air on Cartoon Network's weekend marathon, June Bugs, in 2001, this short has aired on Cartoon Network's animation history show, ToonHeads, as part of a special episode showcasing lost and rare animated pieces from Warner Bros. Studios. The version that aired on ToonHeads, however, had the part with Bugs Bunny in blackface, imitating Al Jolson, edited with a page-turning wipe effect. This version was also shown on the first volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set as a special feature.
- ↑ The Censored Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Page: A http://www.intanibase.com/gac/looneytunes/censored-a.aspx