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What's Cookin' Doc? (1944)

When James Cagney wins the Oscar, Bugs shows a clip from "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" (1941) and demands a recount of the voting.

Directors:

Robert Clampett, Friz Freleng (uncredited)

Writer:

Michael Sasanoff (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Emcee / Hiawatha / Audience Member / Hollywood Wolf (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce Robert C. Bruce ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Hollywood; Oscar night. After a live-action introduction establishing these points, Bugs Bunny says hi and begins blatantly lobbying for the Oscar that goes instead to James Cagney. Miffed, Bugs shows the audience a clip from Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt (1941), and the crowd gives it to him but not the Oscar. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Trivia

When the stag film appears, a shocked Bugs stops everything and gets a new film. In 1944, a stag film was the term referred to a pornographic film. See more »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: [hurls reels at the projectionist] Roll 'em, Smokey!
[a stag film appears]
Bugs Bunny: HEEYYY!
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Connections

References Algiers (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, Op. 325 (Tales from the Vienna Woods)
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Music by Johann Strauss
Played when the invitation is shown
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Well, I loved it
12 September 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Whether What's Cookin' Doc? is one of Bugs Bunny's best cartoons overall I am not sure. But for me it was an interesting and hilarious one. I personally didn't see anything that offensive in the Hiawatha clip shown or in the overall cartoon(the portrayal of Indians was stereotypical but in my mind it wasn't racist), then again there have been times where it was probably back then but is actually not that bad now, and that was the case for me with What's Cookin' Doc. Not to mention there have been far more blatant cases of this in animation. The animation is beautifully done, it is very colourful and detailed and Bugs is drawn brilliantly. The music is full of energy, as is the pacing. The dialogue is deliciously witty especially with Bugs' mocking, which is unrelenting but funny and somewhat true, and the gags and caricatures(Carmen Miranda is always fun to spot) are imaginative. Bugs is spot on being arrogant and intelligent(one of the cartoon's funniest moments was his scream), and Mel Blanc's vocals superlative. In conclusion, I loved What's Cookin' Doc. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #26 (1942-1943 Season): What's Cookin' Doc? See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,285, 16 February 1998

Gross USA:

$14,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,753
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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