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Baby Buggy Bunny is a Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese, released in 1954. The story is about a dwarf gangster named "Babyface" Finster (based on gangster Baby Face Nelson) who, after a clever bank robbery, loses his ill-gotten gains down Bugs Bunny's rabbit hole, forcing him to don the disguise of an orphan baby to get it back.

Baby Buggy Bunny
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Directed byCharles M. Jones
Produced byEdward Selzer
Story byMichael Maltese
StarringMel Blanc
Music byMilt Franklyn
Animation byKen Harris
Abe Levitow
Lloyd Vaughan
Ben Washam
Layouts byErnie Nordli
Backgrounds byPhilip DeGuard
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
December 18, 1954
(USA premiere)
Running time
7:05
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

Baby-Face Finster (a.k.a. Ant Hill Harry), a 35-year-old man who resembles a baby, makes a successful robbery of the Last National Bank by the swift use of stilts, dark clothes, a pram and baby clothing. With him dressed in baby attire, he easily evades the arriving police.

Unfortunately for Finster, he loses his money down Bugs' rabbit hole (the pram rolls down a hill and hits a rock) and he gets himself unofficially adopted in order to gain it back. Multiple attempts to grab it (in one instance Finster whacks Bugs with the bag of money) are interpreted as a baby's typical grabbiness. Just as Bugs is putting the 'baby' to bed, Finster hits Bugs with a baseball bat and the words Bok, Pow, Bang and Boing appear; he assumes the baby is having a nightmare. A supposedly remorseful Finster grabs Bugs and hugs him saying: "da-da!"

 
"Have you seen this man? He is Ant Hill Harry, alias Baby-Face Finster. Notorious bank robber believed to have perpetrated the daring Last National Bank holdup this morning. He is 35 years old, stands --"

Later, Bugs is trying to watch TV, but gets static interference on the screen instead. Hearing a buzzing noise in the bathroom. Bugs peeks inside, and finds Finster is in the bathroom shaving himself, smoking a cigar, and wearing a tattoo (labeled Maisie, Singapore, 1932), something which starts to disturb Bugs. All of a sudden, the TV connection comes back on and a brief news clip about the bank robbery and an APB for the robber is shown on screen; all this finally makes Bugs realize what is really going on (if the story is assumed to take place in 1954, the date of the cartoon's release, Ant Hill Harry would have been 13 years old when he got the tattoo. While this is possible, it is probably not what the makers of this short meant to imply). Bugs turns off the TV with an angry expression on his face and turns his eyes toward the living room, where he finds Finster going after the money again.

He starts to play rough with Finster first by putting the bank robber in a washing machine and when Finster is washed up, Bugs takes him out and throws him up to the ceiling. Finster hits the ceiling and falls to the floor and Bugs picks him up. At this point, Finster tries to stab Bugs with a butcher knife, but misses and stabs himself in the rear. Rather than crying over his pain, Finster instead murmurs inaudible obscenities over it, causing Bugs to spank him, removing the weapons he has with each blow (a pistol, a hand club, a cleaver, shotgun shells, a hand grenade and a machine gun). Bugs trusses Finster up in a basket like a baby and leaves him and the money at the police station. Finster does not take it well, throwing a wild temper tantrum while being locked up in a baby-sized playpen in the State Prison, and angrily claiming his innocence and that he has been framed. Bugs ends the cartoon, telling the angry bank robber: "Don't be such a crybaby. After all, 99 years isn't forever."

LegacyEdit

Baby face Finister mugshot appears in a cameo in The Looney Tunes Show episode "It's a Handbag," along with other Bugs Bunny Villains Rocky and Mugsy.
The plot of the 2006 comedy film Little Man was similar enough to Baby Buggy Bunny to earn a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake or Rip-off.[1] Animation blog Cartoon Brew noted at least three jokes from Baby Buggy Bunny used in Little Man.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "27th Annual Golden Raspberry (Razzie©) Award "Winners"". Razzies.com. The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. 2007. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry (2006-07-16). "Little Man = Baby Buggy Bunny". Cartoon Brew. Archived from the original on 2010-07-12. Retrieved 2012-06-16.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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