Did you guys know that carrots are actually bad for rabbits? They’re too high in sugar and can lead to tooth decay and other serious health defects in our furry little friends. So why did Bugs Bunny eat them all the time? Because of Clark Gable, that’s why.
The reference might not seem so obvious to us know, but when Bugs first appeared in theaters over seventy years ago the audience immediately understood that when Bugs ate a carrot and talked with his mouth full; he was parodying Clark Cable in Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night (1934).
It turns out that, according to Friz Freleng’s unpublished memoirs, that It Happened One Night was one the animators favorite films and that at least three characteristics of Bugs Bunny are based on the film. Besides Clark Gable inspiring Bugs’ carrot addiction; his personality was based on Oscar Shapely, a minor character in the film who consistently referred to Gable as Doc. Not only that, the famous Rabbit was named after Bugs Dooley; an imaginary character mentioned in the film.
Sure, It Happened One Night is considered to be one the best romantic comedies of all time, and it might have been directed by Frank Capra, who’s arguably the greatest American film director ever; but this might be one of those rare cases where the parody has outlived the original reference.
Those raised in the early 90’s who had access to a Super Nintendo or Sega gaming system might be familiar with Shaq Fu. It was a game styled after Street Fighter that starred Orlando Magic center Shaquille O’Neal as the games protagonist. It wasn’t a very good game…
Shaq, along with industry veterans from franchises like Halo and Street Fighter, are teaming up to bring us a sequel, Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn. Shaq and co. started an Indiegogo campaign in order to raise funds for the games production. I’m sure Shaq has more than enough money to make the game himself (they’re only asking for $400,000), but I think his choice to go with a fundraiser was so that fans could become a part of the process. For $1000 donation he’ll follow you on Twitter… you’ll become the envy of all your friends.
Awhile ago we created a YouTube channel and unfortunately it was deleted a month ago when YouTube changed their format and connected everything to Google+.
We created a new channel that you can follow here! I’ve been working incredibly hard to get a video podcast started for The Animation Archive which will become live in April at the latest! We’ll share all videos we post here; and when it’s available we’ll provide links so you can access the video podcast on your computers through iTunes and YouTube, or the podcast app on your iOS devices.
We’ll also have an audio podcast that will act as a companion to the video podcast. The audio podcast will be geared more towards interviews with animators and creators. The video podcast will play like short documentary style films where we explore the history of animation. I’d also like to include interviews and studio visits in them as well.
I’m really excited about this and can’t wait to get it started. Down the line I might be looking for future contributors so be on the look out for that.
I’ve also gone ahead and created social media pages for The Animation Archive so you can follow us everywhere! Most of the content posted here will just get reposted on the social media sites - they’re mainly being created so we can expand outside of Tumblr and reach those who don’t use this site.
Environmental design from Disney’s Frozen. These images were created for a scene which was later deleted from the film. Head on over to Victoria Ying and Mike Yamada’s site, Extracurricular Activities, to read more about it! Artwork by Victoria Ying.
In 1990 author Ian Frazier wrote an essay for The New Yorker titled Coyote v. Acme. The essay, written as fiction, explores the opening statements of a court proceeding where Wile E. Coyote sues the Acme corporation for injuries he sustained while using their products.
Twenty four years after it’s publication, Designer Michael Bierut of Pentagram, took the essay one step farther and created the above booklets. The booklets, which resemble a miniature court brief, contain Frazier’s original essay as well as blueprints and diagrams to help support Wile E. Coyote’s claim against Acme.
Head on over to Pentagram to see the rest of the images.