Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid
is a 1942 Merrie Melodies
by Bob Clampett
, produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions
, and released to theatres by Warner Bros. Pictures
. It marks the first appearance of Beaky Buzzard
in a Warner Bros. short.
The title is a Brooklynese way of saying "gets the bird", which can refer to an obscene gesture, or as simply the "Bronx cheer
"; in this case, it is also used metaphorically, as Bugs "gets" the bird (a buzzard) by playing a trick.
The cartoon begins with a mother buzzard
instructing her children to go out and catch something for dinner (horse
, and cow
, respectively). Three out of four agree to their mom's food choices and take off right away. Then Mother notices one of her kids remaining with his back turned. This is where we meet Beaky (called "Killer" in this short, presumably as an ironic pet name or nickname
), as he is painfully shy and a little on the slow side (with Kent Rogers doing a fair imitation of Mortimer Snerd
, anticipating Cecil Turtle
's voice). Against his will, his mother kicks him out of the nest with instructions to at least catch a rabbit. Beaky spots Bugs Bunny
and soars down to catch him. Bugs makes like an air-traffic controller
and "guides" Beaky to the ground with a crash. Upon getting up, he is greeted with Bug's trademark phrase "Eh, what's up Doc?"
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