Great American Chase, The


- Beep beep!

- No, you don't.

Be it pleasures and palaces

Though I may roam

Be it ever so humble

There's no place like home

Be it ever so humble

There's no place like home

How do you do?

Nice of you to drop by me humble abode.

My name is Bunny.

Bugs Bunny, Esq., to be exact.

One of the back bay bunnies,

back bay of Brooklyn, that is.

I have also been known

by other flattering names.

For instance, I'm called

"that rascally rabbit"...

by a certain E., Elmer Fudd...

who has spent many fruitless

and rather frustrating years chasing me.

I have also been know as...

"that ornery, carrot-eating varmint"...

by a certain Yosemite Sam,

who for some reason hates rabbits.

I can't imagine why.

What started all this chasing?

When was the very first chase?

In order to answer that question...

we'll have to swing back in time

a little bitty bit.

In the beginning,

all was peaceful and quiet.

Quite dark, too.

Once in a while, a star exploded...

but usually it was just a small one...

only a million miles or so in diameter.

Anyway, nobody complained,

which was odd...

until you realized that

there wasn't nobody around to complain.

So for about 15 or 20 billion years...

things went along

smoothly and pleasantly.

Until one day...

very deep in a sixth-rate galaxy

called the Milky Way...

circling around

a fourth-rate star called the Sun...

on a tenth-rate planet,

a strange creature appeared.

A strange creature called man.

I'll take it.

And so Neanderthal person

quickly invented the first chase...

and the first competition...

and the first love...

and the first women's lib.

And the first domesticity

and the first boredom.

And so Neanderthal persons,

in order to alleviate boredom...

invented the first graffiti.

What's on the wall tonight, dear?

Same old stuff.

Westerns, sitcoms, soaps.

And, so, the invention of boredom...

led to the invention of moving pictures.

But after about 25,000 years of this...

and having developed

severe cricks in their necks...

man and woman became bored again...

even with all those brilliant,

ultramodern, innovative ideas...

like the first motion-picture cameras.

I'm kind of tired of documentaries.

Frankly, I wouldn't mind

a few laughs myself.

And, so, it came to pass

that comedy was invented...

and comedy begat pratfalls...

and custard pies...

and double takes.

But most of all, comedy begat chases.

And chases begat chases and chases...

and chases and chases...

until the mind boggled us.

And then one day...

another strange and historic

creature appeared.


Okay, rabbit, now I've got you.

What's up, doc?

So you see, that's how chases began...

and that's how I came into the picture...

just a mild mannered forest creature...

shy, easily frightened.

A quiet-living rabbit am I.

And yet...

I guess in a way...

I am an unusual rabbit on account of...

Instead of having hundreds of children...

like your ordinary run-of-the-mill rabbit...

I had several fathers.

Fathers with odd names, like Tex Avery...

Friz Freleng, Chuck Jones...

and Bob McKimson.

The ones who directed

most of me pictures.

Fathers like Tedd Pierce...

Warren Foster...

and Mike Maltese,

who wrote most of me biography.

And, of course, a father named Mel Blanc...

who had thousands of voices...

and was nice enough

to give me one of them.

This show you're gonna see now...

is about what just one of those fathers

did with me and me cartoon associates.

An animation director...

who goes by the unlikely name

of Chuck Jones.

And old Chuck seemed determined...

to get poor little old me

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Michael Maltese

Michael Maltese (February 6, 1908 – February 22, 1981) was an American storyman for classic animated cartoon shorts. more…

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