Do you remember The Bugs Bunny Mother’s Day Special?
Originally airing in 1979, it featured Bugs, Granny, Daffy, Foghorn Leghorn and a tipsy stork.
After Warner Bros. stopped regularly producing theatrical shorts in the 1960s, Looney Tunes characters were introduced to the next generation on television. Specials starring Bugs, Daffy, Porky and many other beloved characters featured new adventures and brought back classic shorts that could never be topped.
Many of the specials were centered around holidays. The Looney Tunes revamp really hit its stride in 1979 when four different Bugs Bunny holiday specials aired. There was “Bugs Bunny’s Valentine’s Day Special,” “The Bugs Bunny Mother’s Day Special,” “Bugs Bunny’s Thanksgiving Diet” and “Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales.”
The Mother’s Day special used new animation to present classic shorts about moms and babies like “Apes of Wrath” and “Mother Was a Rooster.” More than one cartoon featured an inebriated stork delivering the wrong infant so, naturally, the hiccupping bird shows up for the “in between” segments, getting more and more drunk as the special goes on.
The special opens on Gold Gate Park with Bugs popping up from under a rock singing “While strolling through the park one day, in the merry month of May…” The “roguish eyes” mentioned in the next line belong to Granny as she hands out violets for Mother’s Day.
Bugs credits mothers with being “the most important people in the woild” but a stork objects, saying he’s the one that delivers the babies. As their cartoons are shown, Foghorn Leghorn and Daffy Duck join Bugs, Granny and the stork in the park.
While it may not be as memorable as specials celebrating Christmas or Thanksgiving, “The Bugs Bunny Mother’s Day Special” showcased moms in classic irreverent Looney Tunes style and included the always enjoyable voice talents of Mel Blanc and June Foray.
Do you remember watching this often-forgotten special on TV?