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Great post! I think my favorite bit in the cartoon is where Bugs shows Sylvester how he would have beat him up if he were really mad. So much for calling him a pacifist in the discussion on my page, huh?

Freleng said that he grew waery of pitting Bugs against weak adversaries like Elmer Fudd, which is what inspired him to create Yosemite Sam in 1945 (only the first in a solid string of strong adversaries he matched against Bugs in the mid-1940s). I would put this dog in the "weak adversary" category too.

Tom Sito

Great Post! I love the scene where the dog kicks Bugs from behind and Bugs looks genuinely annoyed and hurt. He never says a word, but the dog immediately sees his expression, melts and apologizes profusely.
It's one of the best timed and acted scenes in animation. Amzing to think it all began as blank paper, and done under a footage quota of 23 feet (about 376 drawings) per week.


Thanks, Brian and Tom. You guys (and everyone in the 'thon) have helped the rest of us explore, understand and enjoy Freleng's work as never before.

Brian - That gag is funny, especially when the results reshape Sylvester's body for a while. Sylvester is a weak character; I don't recall seeing him again.

Tom - When I slow down the toons I notice how many facial expressions each character goes through over a short amount of time. So much information is passed along that way. Yet another example of why these toons still hold up. Since every frame is drawn you have to admire the dedication it takes to make these so well.


Any news on the topic and host of the next Blog-A-Thon?


The only one I'm aware of at the moment is at No More Marriages! Andy proposes a film criticism 'thon in November or December. A fine idea, too.

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