|Xenocide - 2018-08-03 |
Rhapsody Rabbit was actually the cause of feud between MGM and Warner Bros. It's a really weird Bugs Bunny cartoon: one of the very few instances where Bugs actually loses in the end, and his opponent is just a nameless, silent mouse who never appeared again.
The same year, MGM released an extremely similar Tom and Jerry cartoon called Cat Concerto, and before long both studios were accusing each other of plagiarism. The dispute made it all the way to the Oscars, where both cartoons were nominated for best short. Tom and Jerry won.
By the time Cartoon Network came along, the rights to both cartoons were owned by Turner, and CN would sometimes play them back to back, alongside a short documentary about the feud.
Of course this was back when CN was a repository for classic animation and not a machine designed to play the same five episodes of Teen Titans Go until the sun burns out.
Info like this is why I keep coming back to this skeleton ship. I grew up with the Tom and Jerry version, so I take their side. Bugs Bunny is, and will always be, a hateful piece of shit.
So is Jerry. Long live Tom!
One other Warner Brothers story: after Snow White was released, Jack Warner sent a telegram to Walt Disney, telling him he had earned a raise. He knew so little about his own animation department that he believed Disney was his employee.
Seven Arts/H8 Red
To be fair, Warner Bros.' Harman-Ising and early Leon Schlesinger Productions cartoons chased after the rubber-hose inkblot character/sheet-music-shilling dollar. Harman-Ising had previously worked for Disney, so WB didn't get out of Mickey-baiting until characters like Porky Pig started to take off. Rhapsody Rabbit/Cat Concerto has an antecedent in Bosko moving to MGM, and Schlesinger trying to brute-force Buddy into cartoon stardom in response.
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