What’s Up Doc?
What’s up doc? Bugs Bunny is famous and probably the most well known rabbit around. With his silly antics, costumes, and personas, Bugs Bunny plays numerous different characters. This week he ended up in Germany, getting in a tiff with a German Nazi soldier, and ended up himself playing Hitler and Stalin. This was used as propaganda against the Germans in America. I believe that it showed how the Americans saw the Germans as unintelligent, almost easy to fool. Propaganda was supposed to be used for many purposes, especially during war time. It was a reach out to the public to rely a certain message. And this one definitely portrayed one in 1945.
This type of propaganda reminded me of what’s going on today. It almost Halloween time and people have their costumes for parties and trick or treating. One costume I found rather quickly was a costume of Donald Trump. The signature hair, and a suit of course. I believe it will be a hit costume of the year, but it also plays in his field. Some people might not agree with him, some might, but either way he is getting recognized and talked about, he’s a topic. A Halloween costume is a perfect way to enforce a type of propaganda cause it’s a good conversation starter. Everyone knows who he is and they will probably end up talking about his campaign. Upon viewing the Bugs Bunny episode, the Donald Trump costume popped right into my head. It’s a different form of propaganda but very effective, just like a beloved cartoon character.
Michael Maltese. Herr Meets Hare. Warner Brothers. Looney Tunes. (January 13, 1945)
Created by Ben Hardaway, Cal Dalton (prototype)
Tex Avery (official)