Baton Bunny Title Card
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Baton Bunny
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Series: Looney Tunes
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Production No.: 1466
Reel No.: 2859
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Starring Bugs Bunny
Excerpted In: Bugs Bunny's Overtures to Disaster
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Uncredited Supervision
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Directed by Chuck Jones
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Written and Directed by
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Co-Director Abe Levitow
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Produced by
Uncredited Producer John W. Burton
Executive Producer
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Produced and Directed by
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Written, Produced and Directed by
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Screenplay by
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Story Michael Maltese
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Based on
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Edited by
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Supervising Animators
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Animation Ken Harris
Richard Thompson
Ben Washam
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Assistant Animation
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Character Designs
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Layouts and Designs
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Layouts Maurice Noble
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Layout Assisstants
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Backgrounds Tom O'Loughlin
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Backgrounds and Layouts
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Effects Animation
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Sound effects
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Film Editor Treg Brown
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Voice Characterizations Mel Blanc
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Vocal Effects Mel Blanc
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Uncredited Narrator
Music Franz von Suppe's "Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna"
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Musical Direction
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Musical Score
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Piano Soloist
Uncredited Piano Soloist
Musical Lyrics for
Orchestration Milt Franklyn
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MPAA No.: 18947
Uncredited Cinematography
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributor Warner Bros.
Release date(s): January 10, 1959
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Running time
Color process Technicolor
Language English
Preceded by Cat Feud (1958)
Followed by Mouse-Placed Kitten
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Baton Bunny is a Bugs Bunny cartoon of the Looney Tunes series, produced in 1958 and released in January 1959. It shows Bugs conducting an orchestra - with a fly bothering him. Bugs conducts, and in part, plays the overture to "Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien" (A Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna)", a composition by Franz von Suppé. Though Mel Blanc was credited for the vocal characterizations, there is no dialogue in the short; the only vocal effects made are when an audience member is heard coughing, and Bugs makes a 'shooshing' noise. This is the only Bugs Bunny cartoon (other than A Corny Concerto) where Bugs is silent (apart from the 'shoosh').


Bugs is getting ready to conduct "The Warner Bros. Symphony Orchestra" (supposedly in concert at the Hollywood Bowl) fancily. When he finishes his elaborate preparation, he starts to conduct. However, several problems plague Bugs' conduction, notably a bothersome Fly, and some awkward cuffs that keep falling off. Bugs attempts to kill the fly, crashing into the orchestra and the instruments as he does so. As the music comes to a stop, Bugs bows for the crowd, and instead of applause, hears only silence. Bugs looks around to see that the seats are empty, though he does hear some faint clapping - coming from the fly. Bugs bows to the fly and the episode ends.


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  • Although not a direct remake, the cartoon is similar in concept to "Rhapsody Rabbit", where it features Bugs as a concert musician (in this case as an orchestra conductor) upstaged by a pesky little creature (in this case, a fly). The fly from this cartoon, as well as Cecil Turtle, the Gremlin from "Falling Hare" and the unnamed mouse from "Rhapsody Rabbit" are the very few antagonists who managed to outsmart and rattle Bugs.

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