The Bugs Bunny show was a kids TV Show on ABC. Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck would open each episode by singing the theme song, "This is It!" and then Bugs would either tell the audience the theme of that evening's cartoons or introduce a guest host who was always another Warner Brothers character. Then three post 1948 Warner Brothers cartoons were shown with new segments in between each two. A commercial featuring Bugs or occasionally another Warner Bros. character aired after the second segment. At the end of each episode, a sneak preview of the next week's episode was shown.
Mel Blanc .................. Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck / Yosemite Sam / Sylvester / Tweety
Opening Overture Lyrics
Title: "This is It!
Written By: "Jerry Livingston" and "Mack David"
Performed By: "Mel Blanc" (as "Daffy Duck" and "Bugs Bunny")Overture, turn the lights!
This is it. The night of nights.
No more rehearsing and nursing a part.
We know every part by heart!
Overture, turn the lights!
(Then a pause while Bugs and Daffy Duck walk off stage and return with all of the other characters and sing:)
Bugs Bunny Show TriviaMost Americans did not have color televisions until the mid-1960s so even though the episodes were in color, the first 52 episodes were originally broadcast in black and white.
Some sources show a third season of this series on the Canadian Broadcasting Corportation (CBC) in 1971 but those were actually just episodes from the original two seasons. There was one difference though. This time they aired in color.
Many people realize that the six minute long, 1958 Bugs Bunny cartoon, "Knighty Knight Bugs" won an Oscar for "Best Short Subject, Cartoons" but few know of another Bugs Bunny distinction. One year earlier in 1957, another cartoon was produced titled, "What's Opera, Doc?". You have probably seen it. It's the one where Bugs and Elmer Fudd do their own version of composer Richard Wagner's opera "Der Ring des Nibelungen". Anyway; it was the first cartoon to be preserved in the "National Film Registry" for being considered "culturally significant"! Quite an achievement for a cartoon!
The Bugs Bunny Show was also one of the few cartoon series to air in prime time. It was broadcast at 7:30 PM Eastern time on Tuesday nights just like another hit cartoon series, "The Flintstones" that aired on Friday nights at 8:30 PM Eastern time. The two series had one feature in common that probably accounts for why they made it to prime time. Parents didn't mind watching along with their kids. In fact, adults were the largest segment of the audience for both shows.
Title: "Bugs Bunny Theme"
Written by: "Jerry Livingston and Mack David"
Overture, curtains, lights,
This is it, the night of nights
No more rehearsing and nursing a part
Overture, curtains, lights
And oh what heights we'll hit
Tonight what heights we'll hit
Episodes List With Original Air DatesNOTE: The first season episodes were untitled.
Other Bugs Bunny TV Shows:The Bugs n' Daffy Show (1996)
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour (1968)
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show (1978)
The Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes Comedy Hour (1985)
The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show (1986)
Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny and Friends (1990)
Tiny Toon Adventures (1990)
The Bugs Bunny Show (1992)
Bugs Bunny MoviesThe Bugs Bunny/Road-Runner Movie (1979)
Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)
Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales (1982)
Space Jam (1996)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
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