As a child, I watched Looney Tunes as so many other kids did. I would always notice during the opening song that Bugs Bunny would always put himself in the lead position when singing "Overture, Curtain Lights!" with Daffy Duck. For some reason this would always annoy me.
Has anyone else ever noticed that or was it just me?
The long-running, behind-the-scenes showbiz rivalry between Bugs and Daffy was one of the backbones of the Looney Tunes. Daffy was always jealous that Bugs was the bigger "star."
I don't think Bugs was necessarily a narcissist. He was simply aware that he was the Big Kahuna of the Looney Tunes gang and he wasn't about to let Daffy (or anyone else) upstage or get the better of him.
Bugs Bunny, in his memoirs late in life, lamented the fact the cartoon artists had depicted him in such a light.
A poignant quote from his auto biography haunts me still. "Had I been a real bunny, and not a product of someone's imagination, I could have lived my life far from the spotlight. I could have been tucked away, hidden under a hosta in a lovely flower bed. Never a "what's up doc." to break the perfect monotony. And, perhaps, a lovely doe for a wife. Daffy loved the limelight more than I. Damn the cartoonists for making me in the image they did for laughs, never the image I would have chosen. Had I been real."
I didn't take him as a narcissist. That was just Hollywood hype.
How very nice of you! Wish I had read that!
Of course had he been real, he may have made the ultimate sacrifice and became a delicious stew or contributed to someone’s coat considering the timeframe. However, using the imagination of a writer, I perceive him as self-centered and egotistical.
I really appreciate your comments!
I get that. I never really thought about Bugs and his narcissistic ways. I guess because no one was ever consistently physically harmed by his antics, they were more often humiliated. . I always despised the Road Runner for his lack of compassion for the coyote. He always appeared to be amused by the violent outcomes.
Good point about the Roadrunner! I suppose the writers thought that kids just liked the entertainment and wouldn't notice anything else. They were wrong about some of us Boomers! We observe EVERYTHING!
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