Baby Buggy Bunny

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jul 13, 2015

Stylized design—great looking. This thirty-five year old baby is really grotesque! What can we do about the problem of body hair? This might be a nod at or a wink toward the part kid, part adult individuals who make all of these cartoons. The whole prologue is put together like, as a silent film. It’s practically Fritz Lang’s Spies—very fast, very cinematic. Bugs has a very nice house down there. The repetition of the name—Finster, fantastic—is really well calculated, really funny. Bugs getting shot turns out not to be quite as funny as Daffy getting shot.

The process by which generous Bugs becomes, quite justifiably, vengeful Bugs, is really well calculated. The child abuse, especially the shaking, is hilarious. There’s a tremendous ambiguity operating here. After all, here is a wolf in sheep’s, a gangster in baby’s clothing. We watch and see the violence as both just/satisfying, and appalling. It’s actually cathartic, in the most complicated sense. Apparently this material has frequently been censored when the cartoon has been broadcast. You can see why, and maybe that’s appropriate. But so is the material that’s being censored. Or, at least, it’s really funny. Think of Chaucer, for instance—sometimes the disciple has to be exposed to the thing itself, for his or her own good. Further, well-behaved cartoons can be kind of depressing.