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Bugs N' Daffy, usually named The Bugs N' Daffy Show (formerly called That's Warner Bros.! until 1996), was an animated anthology series for the block Kids WB!. The series focused on Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, two characters from Warner Bros. Animation that appeared from the 1940s to the 1960s in animated shorts. The series ran from the Kids WB! launch 1995 until 1999 when Kids WB! stopped airing many cartoons based on Warner Bros. characters due to the popularity of the anime series Pokémon. One season of That's Warner Bros.! was produced with 65 episodes, while Bugs N' Daffy got two seasons of 65 episodes each. Each contained three shorts and one "Hip Clip", an excerpt from another cartoon used as time filler. Many of the shorts had already aired on Nickelodeon.

History

The opening to the show was mostly the same as the opening on Fox's Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends. The exceptions were a new, jazzy soundtrack over the animation and the That's Warner Bros.! logo replacing the one for Merrie Melodies. Unlike Merrie Melodies, not all That's Warner Bros.! episodes featured a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

After the first season, the show's title was changed to The Bugs N' Daffy Show and given a new opening. The format remained the same, but each cartoon's opening credits were replaced with a still title card. While the order of episodes remained mostly the same, The Bee-Deviled Bruin was pulled from shows 24 and 54 and replaced with Beanstalk Bunny and What's Up Doc? respectively.

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A "Hip Clip" title card.

Not all cartoons that the WB had the right to show were broadcast in their entirety for a variety of reasons. Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning, and Frigid Hare, for example, never appeared outside of Hip Clips. Cartoons with stereotypes, such as A-Lad-In His Lamp, also went unaired.

In September 1997, a second set of Bugs N' Daffy episodes began airing. This time, the WB added first-run pre-1948 cartoons to create new episodes, with at least one pre-1948 short appearing in each installment. Because of the longer length of the pre-1948 shorts, the Hip Clips were dropped.

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For the 1998-1999 television season, The WB dropped Bugs N' Daffy from its regular schedule, though the show did remain on a few WB affiliates as a replacement for Tiny Toon Adventures. Despite this, the cartoons continued to reappear occasionally on The WB. On January 16, 1999, however, the network introduced a 90-minute compilation series of mostly older WB cartoons, The Cat and Birdie Warneroonie Pinky Brainy Big Cartoonie Show. Cartoons featured on Bugs N' Daffy were included in a few broadcasts. After the February 6 broadcast, WB trimmed the program to a half-hour and dropped the Bugs N' Daffy shorts. For the 1999-2000 season, The Cat and Bunny Warneroonie Super Looney Big Cartoonie Show returned the cartoons from Bugs N' Daffy to the lineup. It failed to generate interest, and the Looney Tunes cartoons were soon moved to Cartoon Network.

Censorship

Much like ABC and CBS' edits on Looney Tunes TV airings, The WB airs these shorts heavily censored for content, often in a sloppy or abrupt way. References to guns were cut from such shorts as Rabbit Fire, as were scenes considered too violent such as Sylvester's electrocution from Lighthouse Mouse. Single lines of dialogue, such as a reference to Amos n' Andy or tobacco, were also sometimes cut. The network even rearranged the scenes from A Star Is Bored.[1]

See also

The Bugs 'n' Daffy Show Episode Guide

References

  1. http://looney.goldenagecartoons.com/ltcuts/s/ The Censored Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Guide

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