Watch the first new Bugs Bunny cartoon from the Looney Tunes reboot
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The very first time we met Bugs Bunny, it was in Porky's Hare Hunt in 1938. It was so early in Merrie Melodies' legacy that Elmer Fudd hadn't even been completely conceived, not officially appearing by that name and with his signature speech impediment until 1940. That's why we see Porky playing the hunter role in this early cartoon, and undoubtedly, it's this early piece of Looney Tunes history that the brand new Looney Tunes reboot is pointing to in its first animated short released: "Dynamite Dance." Watch it in full below:
"Dynamite Dance" finds Bugs evading Elmer Fudd's scythe by bombarding the hunter with dynamite. It sees Bugs planting crafty diversions in his rabbithole, doing a backswim across a puddle and feeding Fudd an entire birthday cake dotted with questionable candles. It's fast, fun and revives all the slapstick the original cartoons were so cherished for.
Our only minor complaint watching the short has to do with the updated Fudd, who looks a little more like Baby Herman from Roger Rabbit shorts or Who Framed Roger Rabbit than the most recognizable versions of Fudd you'd remember from the 1950s.
However, if you look back at early drawings of Elmer Fudd, you'll see the hunter had a bright red nose and a more boyish face that this new Fudd is likely referencing.
What do you think of this first short? Are you excited to see more? Tell us in the comments!