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What's Cookin' Doc?
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Directed By: Bob Clampett
Friz Freleng (uncredited)
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: January 8, 1944
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Sasanoff
Michael Maltese (uncredited)
Animation: Bob McKimson
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Manuel Perez (uncredited)
Gerry Chiniquy (uncredited)
Gil Turner (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Bugs Bunny
Emcee
Hiawatha
Hollywood Wolf
Oscar
Preceded By: Little Red Riding Rabbit
Succeeded By: Meatless Flyday
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Bugs Bunny What's Cookin' Doc

What's Cookin' Doc? is a 1944 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Bob Clampett and starring Bugs Bunny. The story is credited to Michael Sasanoff and the animation is credited to Robert McKimson, although Rod Scribner animated on this cartoon as well.

The title is a variant on Bugs' catch-phrase "What's up Doc?". It also hints at one of the scenes in the picture.

Synopsis

The story centers on the Academy Awards presentation. The action begins with actual color film footage of various Hollywood scenes (edited from A Star Is Born), narrated by Robert C. Bruce. It leads up to the Big Question of the evening: Who will win "the" Oscar? The film shows the stereotypical red carpet arrivals of stars, as well as a human emcee starting to introduce the Oscar show.

At that point the film switches to animation, with the shadow of a now-animated emcee (and now voiced by Mel Blanc) continuing to introduce the Oscar, and Bugs (also Mel Blanc's voice, as usual) assuring the viewer that "it's in da bag; I'm a cinch to win". Bugs is stunned when the award goes instead to James Cagney (who had actually won in the previous year's ceremony, for Warner's Yankee Doodle Dandy). Shock turns to anger as Bugs declares the results to be "sa-bo-TAH-gee" ("sabotage") and demands a recount.

Bugs then tries to make his case by showing clips from Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (which includes clip of Hiawatha attempting to "cook" the rabbit) as proof of his allegedly superior acting (an inside joke, as the cartoon had actually been nominated for an Oscar and lost). He hurls a set of film cans off-screen and tells someone named "Smokey" to "roll 'em!" Bugs tells the audience that these are some of his "best scenes". Immediately a "stag reel" (the title card depicts a grinning stag) starts to roll, and the startled Bugs quickly stops it and switches to the right film.

Finally, he pleads with the audience, "What do you say, folks? Do I get it? Or do I get it?" (echoing Fredric March's drunken appeal to the Academy Award banquet audience in A Star Is Born). The emcee asks the audience (in an effected nasal voice), "Shall we give it to him, folks?" and they yell, "Yeh, let's give it to him!" whereupon they shower Bugs with fruits and vegetables (enabling him to briefly do a Carmen Miranda impression)... and an ersatz Oscar labeled "booby prize", which is actually a gold-plated rabbit statue. Bugs is so pleased at winning it, he remarks, "I'll even take youse to bed wit' me every night!" The statue suddenly comes alive, asks in a voice like that of radio character, Bert "The Mad Russian" Gordon, "Do you mean it?", smooches the startled bunny, and takes on an effeminate, hip-swiveling pose.

Celebrities

  • Buster Keaton
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Ernst Lubitsch
  • Harold Lloyd
  • Laurel and Hardy
  • The Three Stooges

Controversy

This was one of the 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons deleted from Cartoon Network's 2001 "June Bugs" marathon by order of AOL Time Warner, due to comic stereotyping resulting from the inclusion of the Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt clip. However, this cartoon's stereotypes are light compared to the more controversial animated pieces that never made it to air—such as Friz Freleng's Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips and Tex Avery's All This and Rabbit Stew—and has aired on "The Bugs and Daffy Show", The Looney Tunes Show and on The Bob Clampett Show.

Goofs

While the USA Turner 1995 dubbed version print retains the original Merrie Melodies ending music cue, the EU Turner 1995 dubbed version print replaces the original Merrie Melodies ending music cue with the 1939-1941 Merrie Melodies ending music cue.

Availability

Available on the following DVD releases:

Note: All the dubbed version releases have minor split cuts.

It was also available on the following videos before they went out-of-print:

Gallery

External Links

What's Cookin' Doc? at SuperCartoons.net

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1958 Hare-less WolfHare-Way To The StarsNow Hare ThisKnightly Knight BugsPre-Hysterical Hare
1959 Baton BunnyHare-Abian NightsApes of WrathBackwoods BunnyWild and Woolly HareBonanza BunnyA Witch's Tangled HarePeople Are Bunny
1960 Horse HarePerson to BunnyRabbit's FeatFrom Hare to HeirLighter Than Hare
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitCompressed HarePrince Violent
1962 Wet HareBill of HareShishkabugs
1963 Devil's Feud CakeThe Million HareHare-Breadth HurryThe UnmentionablesMad as a Mars HareTransylvania 6-5000
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1979 Bugs Bunny's Christmas CarolThe Fright Before Christmas
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1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 Blooper Bunny
1992 Invasion Of The Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
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