So I was able to enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation last month, while on vacation with the in-laws at Disneyland, and during one particularly lackadaisical morning in our hotel room, managed to catch the tail end of a Looney Tunes marathon on Cartoon Network. That sounds a bit like sacrilege, I know (Warner Bros created its Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon shorts to compete with Disney's Silly Symphonies during the 1930s), but my love for Bugs, Daffy and the rest apparently knows no bounds, and it's always good to catch up with them on occasion. Even my 12-year-old nephew seemed to get a kick out of them, laughing along with the jokes and staying one step ahead of the characters, which was especially good for my ego.
One cartoon on the rotation, 1954's Captain Hareblower, has always been a
personal favorite. It stars Yosemite Sam as a high-seas pirate who tries
(unsuccessfully) to commandeer a vessel piloted by that wascally wabbit himself, Mr. Bugs Bunny. (Says Bugs, after Pirate Sam's first declaration of war, "Now, he should know better than that!") Naturally, hilarious hi-jinks
ensue, involving a shark, a match, an axe, close-range cannon fire, and a bomb
that somehow stays lit underwater - not necessarily in that order. Of course, only Bugs
escapes with his dignity intact. Here it is in its entirety, courtesy of YouTube: