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Baton Bunny
Looney Tunes, Bugs Bunny series
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Directed by Chuck Jones
Abe Levitow
Produced by John Burton, Sr.
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Milt Franklyn
Animation by Ken Harris
Richard Thompson
Ben Washam
Layouts by Maurice Noble
Backgrounds by Tom O'Loughlin
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) 10 January 1959
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:22
Language English
Preceded by Pre-Hysterical Hare
Followed by Hare-Abian Nights

Baton Bunny is a Bugs Bunny cartoon of the Looney Tunes series, produced in 1958 and released in January 1959. It shows Bugs conducting an orchestra - with a fly bothering him. Bugs conducts, and in part, plays the overture to "Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und Abend in Wien" (A Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna)", a composition by Franz von Suppé. Though Mel Blanc was credited for vocal characterizations, there is no dialogue in the short; the only vocal effect made was when an audience member is heard coughing. This is the second and last Bugs Bunny cartoon (the first being A Corny Concerto) where Bugs is silent. Or, nearly silent; at one point, he 'shushes' the brass.


Bugs is about to conduct "The Warner Bros. Symphony Orchestra" (supposedly in concert at the Hollywood Bowl) fancily. When he finishes his elaborate preparation, he starts to conduct, but is interrupted by someone in the audience coughing loudly. Bugs then holds out a sign saying "Throw the bum out!", which the audience does. Other problems plague Bugs' conducting, notably a bothersome fly and some awkward cuffs that keep falling off. In the middle of the performance, Bugs acts an indigenous person being chased by American troops (to the music that is happening at the present time). The fly then returns at the end of the act, landing in Bugs' nose. Bugs then loses his sanity and attempts to kill the fly, crashing into the orchestra and the instruments as he does so. As the music comes to a stop, Bugs bows for the crowd and instead of applause,he hears only silence and crickets chirping. Bugs looks around and then sees that the seats are empty and the crowd has gone, though he does hear some faint clapping - coming from the fly. He bows to the fly, and the episode ends.

See also

Preceded by
Pre-Hysterical Hare
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Hare-Abian Nights