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Page 6 POST-GAZE'I-rE, OCTOBER 31,2014 THOUGHTS BY DAN, ABOUT THIS 8< THAT with Daniel A. DiCenso The History of Animation: The Birth of Bugs "A Wild In 1937 Porky Pig went on a duck hunt and flushed out one of Warner's biggest car- toons stars, Daffy Duck. In 1938 that cartoon was es- sentially remade with one altercation, it was retitled Porky's Hare Hunt and the duck became a nutty white rabbit with an almost super- natural ability to drive the hunter crazy. The cartoon was met with little fanfare, mostly because it was so similar to Daffy's debut the previous year. As director Ben Hardaway,said, "That rabbit was just Daffy Duck in a rabbit suit." Even Tex Avery, wl~o would come to be known as the fa- ther of Bugs, initially saw little promise in the rabbit. "We didn't feel that we had anything until we got it on the screen and it got a few laughs," he said. "After we ran it and previewed it and so forth, Warner liked it, the. exhibitors liked it, and so of course [the producer] ran down and said, 'Boy, give me as many of these as you can!' Which we did." Despite these less than stellar predications, the screwy rabbit appeared in two more cartoons where his magical abilities were ac- counted for as he was re- vealed to be part of a stage act in Prest-O Change-O and then Hare-urn Scare-um. The rabbit's popularity was growing and the design needed to evolve into a dis- tinct character. Charlie Thorson, director of Hare-urn Scare-urn and a former Disney animator with a par- Hare" ticular gift for cartoon rab- bits (he designed Max Hare for Toby Tortoise Returns) was approached by story man Tedd Pierce to refine the rab- bit that would become Wamer's biggest star. Draw- ing from his experiences with the rabbit cartoons he created while at Disney, Thorson designed the star for 1940's A Wild Hare...and so Bugs Bunny was born. There woul.d be modifica- tions but the long-eared icon was solidified in A Wild Hare. He was gray and white and never without his white gloves. His love of carrots was instant and "What's up, Doc?" was forever his greet- ing phrase. Where it came from nobody kflows for sure, though theories have circu- lated including that it came from the sight of Clark Gable eating a carrot in It Hap- pened One Night. Be that as it may, A Wild Hare not only introduced the Bugs we know today but set the standard for future car- toons. Bugs lives in his rab- bit hole, usually in the for' est, where he is hunted out by a physically more power- ful but intellectually chal- lenged enemy, namely Elmer Fudd. Elmer's appear- ance als0 went through a number of physical changes going from the egghead of his early days to a rolli-polli maroon in the early 40s. But in A Wild Hare everything is classic Bugs vs. Elmer, right down to Elmer's oversized hunting cap. A Wild Hare is really the prot.otype for what is commonly thought of as a Bugs Bunny cartoon, from the dimwitted hunter, to Bugs' extraordinary tricks and stunts, to the classic "play dying" gag. In one car- toon it not only polished Bugs Bunny's look, pitted him against his archenemy, immortalized his Brooklynesque voice by the legendary Mel Blanc, and provided an outlet for his classic gags. A Wild Hare proved so popu- lar that Bugs became an in- stant star (inexplicably, though, he reverted back to his old look for the following year's Elmer's Pet Rabbit). The formula was repeated with variations in Hiawa- tha's Rabbit Hunt, The Heck- ling Harp (the cartoon that got Tex Avery fired from Warner Bros. after a dispute with studio boss Leon Schlesinger over the car- toon ending), All This and Rabbit Stew, Wabbit ~.vouble, and The Wacky Wabbit. The appeal of Bugs Bunny is primal and timeless, dat- ing as far back as tlie Aesop and Uncle Remus, the trick- ster rabbit armed with noth- ing more than his wit can outsmart his burliest foes. But to ensure his enduring popularity, the Warner ani- mators knew he had to have a human .vulnerability and Bugs' overconfidence did oc- casionally get the best of him in the few cartoons in which he was not the victor, including his three races against cecil Turtle (Tortoise Beats Hare, Tortoise Wins By a Hare, and Rabbit Transit). But even then Bugs exhibits what most humans can only wish, the gift of grace and wit under pressure. No wonder he remains one of the most popular cartoon characters more than 70 years since he first stuck his long ears out of the rabbit hole. ALL THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo Keratin Gloves and Socks for Moisture You Must Experience Ciao Bella, Recently I was looking into how we all can add more moisture into our hands and feet. 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The couple married in 1960 in their hometown of Montefalcione, Italy in 1960, before immigrating to the United States where they raised three children Assunta, Carmine and Tonia. They are also proud grandparents to Christian, Anna and Luigi. Over the past half century, they have shared wonderful memories. Auguri! Saint Marcellus the Centurion Anna & Antonio Guarino - Wedding Day October 23, 1960 by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari In the year 298 the birth- day of the Emperor Maximi~/n Herculius was celebrated with extraordi- nary solemnity and feasting. Marcellus, a Christian cen- turion or captain in one of the legions that was sta- tioned in Spain, refused to~ take part in the sacrifices offered to the pagan gods and declared himself a Chris- tian. He also threw down his arms and the vine-branch, which was the symbol of his" in their hands. Anastasius Fortunatus, the prefect of the legion, hav- ing learned of the deed of Marcellus, committed him to be cast into prison. At the conclusion of the feast, he ordered Marcellus to be brought before him. Fortunatus then asked him what was the reason for his conduct. Marcellus declared it was his religion. Fortunatus told him that he was obliged to lay his rank (Roman officers were' case before the Emperor forbidden to strike a soldier Maximian and Constantius with any instrument except: Caesar. Marcellus was sent a vine-branch), which the under guard to Aurelian centurions usually carried Agricolaus, vicar to the pre- fect of the praetorium, who was then at Tangier, in Africa. When Marcellus ad- mitted to the truth of the ac- cusation, the vicar passed sentence of death upon him for desertion and impiety, and ordered that he be be- headed. Cassian, the notary of the court, refused to write the sentence, which he de- clared to be unjust. In con- sequence of this, he too was condemned to death. Saint Marcellus was beheaded on October 30 and Saint Cassian suffered martyr- dom on December 3rcl. Saint Marcellus feast is celebrated on October 30. Anniversary