Tuesday, May 4, 2021

This Day in TV History: Bugs Bunny All-American Hero

 40 years ago tonight, according to most sources*, CBS premiered the animated special Bugs Bunny All-American Hero. It featured Bugs and a panel of historians and political scientists talking about the nature of patriotism and his own role in advancing official government-approved narratives in his films.

Nah, just kidding! Like other Looney Tunes specials of the era, it features footage from classic cartoons linked by a newly created framing sequence. In this case Bugs helps his nephew study for a history test

*Vincent Terrace's book on TV specials gives an airdate of Thursday, May 14, which I believe is incorrect. It's a disappointing strike against print media in my ongoing effort to prove print is more reliable than online!

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