What's Up Doc?: A Salute to Bugs Bunny
Recent books by and about the great Warner Bros. animators of the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s have been frank about the high-pressure, sometimes slave-labor conditions under which so many of the classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons were made. What’s Up Doc?, however, is unrevealing, little more than a promotional film for the cartoons, and who needs to be hyped on them?
The scenes from great Bugs Bunny cartoons — some shown at full length — remind us of their surreal slapstick and wiseguy wit. The most novel segment pays homage to Carl Staling, the brilliant, under-appreciated composer of the cartoons’ frenetic music (which can be heard in isolated glory on a new CD, The Carl Stalling Project). But in general, you’d do better just to watch the Warner Bros. cartoons that TNT does such a good job of presenting every evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. C