Have you ever bought something on eBay and later on ask yourself, "Why on Earth did I buy this?". This "Souvenir Book" from a traveling Bugs Bunny stage show from 1977 is one of those things that makes me ask that very question. I mean, I certainly never had the pleasure (?) of attending such a show (this program predates my birth by two years). Maybe I was just intrigued by the picture of the horrifyingly creepy costumed Bugs on the cover.
Oh well, my foolish purchase at least makes for amusing blog fodder. I don't know much about these live shows besides what is revealed inside the program. I believe they were around for a few years. "Rodger Hess Productions, Inc." out of New York was responsible for this one and Mel Blanc is credited as the character voices (some of the songs on the program seem to be songs Mel recorded years earlier for Capitol Records).
The "program" consisted of a few color photos (seen below) and many coloring and activity pages for the kiddies with the characters drawn in the style of the Western Publishing comics of the time (I didn't scan them).
The program also includes an interesting ad for a "personalized" birthday phone call from Bugs, Yosemite and Porky people could mail away for. Not sure how long that venture lasted either.
I apologize in advance for any nightmares the following pictures may cause.