My Bunny Lies over the Sea
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Title card for My Bunny Lies over the Sea
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byMichael Maltese
Produced byEdward Selzer
StarringMel Blanc
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byKen Harris
Phil Monroe
Ben Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Layouts byRobert Gribbroek
Backgrounds byPeter Alvarado
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • December 4, 1948 (1948-12-04)
Running time
7:29
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

My Bunny Lies over the Sea, a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon, was released on December 4, 1948.[1] This theatrical cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese.[2] Mel Blanc played both Bugs Bunny and the Scotsman.

The title is a play on the second line of the old song, "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean". The seven-minute short has been released on DVD multiple times in different compilation discs, and as of 2003 is available on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1. And, though this cartoon was the Scotsman's (named Angus MacRory) only theatrical appearance, he also made his second major role in "It's a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World" episode (released on February 3, 1996) in The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries. The Scotsman appeared briefly in a 1989 TV special and on a couple of Animaniacs episodes. He can also be seen in the 1996 hit film, Space Jam, watching the Toon Squad/Michael Jordan basketball game.

Plot

This cartoon begins as Bugs Bunny once again gets lost when he is tunneling to his vacation spot. He accidentally ends up near Loch Lomond, Scotland, instead of the La Brea Tar Pits, having once again not "made that left toin at Albahkoiky!", and mistakes a Highlander named Angus MacRory playing the bagpipes for a lady being attacked by a "horrible monster". Bugs jumps MacRory, trying to rescue the "woman", and in the process he smashes his bagpipes to pieces.

MacRory becomes enraged that his bagpipes have been absolutely ruined. He yells at Bugs, and is about to threaten him, but Bugs figures out that MacRory is actually a man (much to Bugs's outrage) by pointing out to MacRory that he can't wear a skirt, not knowing it's a kilt (much to MacRory's confusion), and throws a barrel over MacRory for indecency.

Bugs then asks MacRory for the directions to the "La Brea Tar Pits in Los Ahn-galays", at first confusing then causing the Scotsman to threaten Bugs with a blunderbuss, telling the rabbit, "There are no La Brea Tar Pits in Scotland!" When Bugs realizes the location he is in, he bids MacRory, "Eh, what's up, MacDoc?", and runs for it just as MacRory shoots. MacRory chases after the bullet and picks it up ("It's been in the family for years"), reloads the bullet back into his gun, and shoots at Bugs repeatedly, who dives back into his hole (which MacRory fires into) and comes back out elsewhere moments later thinly disguised as an elderly Scotsman, accusing MacRory (whose last name is revealed by the disguised Bugs), of "poaching on [his] property". MacRory doesn't believe him, however, and challenges him to a traditional Scottish duel — a game. Bugs, upon hearing this, sets up a card game. MacRory corrects him, stating the challenge is a game of golf; as they head off, Bugs then asks MacRory: "Don't ya get a little tired running them 18 bases?"

Throughout the golf game, Bugs continually outsmarts the Scotsman. On the first hole, Bugs focuses on swinging the ball, looks down at the Scotsman for tapping his foot impatiently. MacRory stops tapping, and sheepishly hides his foot behind his other leg. Bugs takes his swing and the ball veers off course, so Bugs digs another, bigger hole to earn a hole in one (with the real hole shown to be off in the distance). Bugs then nails MacRory's ball to the tee so that it won't go anywhere ("Fore!" "Four? Three-and-a-half."); but MacRory gets a hole in one anyway (through ending up in the hole himself), to Bugs' protests ("A hole in one? Why, you little cheater! You little four flusher! Why, you can't...").

On the 8th hole, MacRory laughs at Bugs, whose ball has fallen shorter of the hole than MacRory's. Bugs then turns his club into a pool cue, and hits a bank shot into the hole, causing MacRory to break his own club in half in anger.

Later, after being seen hitting his ball out of a bunker multiple times to get his ball in hole 16, Bugs figures how many strokes to write on his scoreboard. After he goes through elaborate motions of doing addition in the air, he announces his score: "Two." MacRory, not believing Bugs at all, counters: "Two? FIFTY-FIVE!" Bugs immediately sets up a fake auction, with Bugs acting as the auctioneer and continually lowering the score, until MacRory offers "one" as his "final offer", much to the dumbfounded Scotsman's surprise.

At the last hole, MacRory gets a hole in one. Bugs however misses the hole altogether and quickly digs a channel with his club for the ball to roll through into the hole. After checking his score, Bugs then declares himself the winner, whereupon the Scotsman angrily denounces the rabbit's earlier action as cheating. But Bugs defends himself with a list of phony "historical" citations where his action had also supposedly occurred: "Cheating? Why, that identical situation occurred in the New Hebrides Open. Kaduffleblaze versus Fuddle in 19-aught-18. And what about Fradis versus Ginfritter? Hah! Bizbo versus Stoigen in the Casablanca Amateur. Cheating, indeed! The noive!"

The Scotsman, realizing that "the weight of evidence is greatly against [him]", accepts defeat; but he still claims that he can't be beaten when it comes to playing bagpipes, and he grabs the instrument to demonstrate. After playing, he dares Bugs to try and top that — which, to MacRory's shock, the rabbit does by dressing like a Scot and playing not only the pipes, but also a trombone, a saxophone, a trumpet, two clarinets, cymbals on his feet, and a bass drum on his head with the beaters tied to his ears, in the manner of a one-man band. Bugs takes a final glimpse at the audience and waggles his eyebrow, before an iris-out.

Other appearances

References

  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 192. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 60-61. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
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