Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck were a core part of my growing up years, just as much as Nancy Drew was.
And, thanks to the magic of VHS tapes (yes, I sadly still own one of these machines), my kids are getting to know the Looney Tunes as well. For some reason, they have an affinity for Elmer Fudd… why, I’m not sure. But, c’est la vie.
As we’ve been rewatching cartoons that I’ve probably seen (and enjoyed) hundreds of times, I’ve come to the realization there’s several important lessons you can learn from Porky, Wylie, Bugs, and the rest of the gang.
- Know what hunting season it is.
This could be crucial to your survival. Elmer Fudd was constantly being told it was duck season or rabbit season. Daffy Duck always wanted to trick poor Mr. Fudd into getting Bugs, and would take down the rabbit season signs.
- When in doubt, ask the game warden.
This should go without saying, but poor Mr. Fudd would’ve had a lot less headaches if he would have just asked a game warden! Of course, there was that one cartoon, where Bugs shows up dressed as a game warden, and Elmer laments, “Oh, Mr. Game Warden, I hope you can help me. I been told I can shoot wabbits and goats and pigeons and mongooses and dirty skunks and ducks. Could you tell me what season it weawy is?”, to which Bugs replies, “Why certainly my boy! It’s baseball season!!”
- Pay attention to your words.
Bugs Bunny was notorious for switching up during an argument over what hunting season it was. Bugs: “Duck Season!” Daffy: “Rabbit Season!” Bugs: “Rabbit season!” Daffy: “Duck! Fire!”
Good way to get your beak blown off.
- Everyone has an agenda.
Daffy Duck liked to take advantage of a situation. Whether it was finding a cave full of treasure, or trying to trick Elmer Fudd into shooting Bugs Bunny, if it involved personal gain, he would do it.
- Know when to declare war.
Bugs Bunny, in my favorite cartoons featuring him, tended to be an innocent bystander… but in many ways, he wasn’t. When faced with a cantankerous opera singer in “Long Haired Hare”, he twice brushed off the singer’s need for no other music first as the singer being a music and rabbit hater. When faced a third time by the singer’s unpleasantness, he declares, “Of course you realize this means war.”
- Know when to give up.
Wylie Coyote and the Roadrunner have many, many instances of knowing when to give up by Wylie Coyote. But my favorite instance is when Wylie and Bugs are going at each other in a battle of wits. After many attempts involving countless ACME products to get Bugs which always backfire, Wylie finally shows up at Bugs’ “door” and states, “Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Mud.”
Until next time,