Monday, June 16, 2008

June Bugs


Ah, who doesn't remember Cartoon Network's annual June Bugs marathons? The time of year when CN would devote an entire weekend of their schedule to nothing but Bugs Bunny cartoons. I think June Bugs goes back as far as CN itself (correct me if I'm wrong). The ultimate June Bugs was, of course, the one held in 2001 which showcased every single Bugs short in chronological order (with the exception of 11 that were pulled at the last minute for content reasons --- the original plan was to run these "un-PC" shorts in the dead of night with disclaimers, but the CN folks got cold feet and it resulted in a lot of media attention).

Below are some of the bumpers for what turned out to be the final June Bugs marathon on Cartoon Network. It had an "A to Z" theme and the shorts were played in alphabetical order. Porky Pig narrated the marathon (not sure who voiced Porky, it doesn't sound like our friend Bob Bergen).

June Bugs 2002 "A to Z" Bumpers

These same bumpers were recycled by Boomerang the following two years when they aired their own version of June Bugs... before they pulled the plug, too.

3 comments:

Brandon said...

I still have an old newspaper article about the "June Bugs 2001" controversy, and I believe it said that WB themselves told CN not to run those shorts.

Glowworm said...

*sigh* I miss June Bugs. Oh well-now with my 5 Looney TUnes Golden Collection DVDs I can have my own June Bugs!

Matt said...

i think cn started in 92, and june bugs first started in 96. ya know i missed last year, are you guys sayin it didn't air? as in they're not doing it anymore? if that's the deal then i'm not sure what to think. i was just thinking the other day how the influx of live action on adult swim felt like it was turning cn into mtv--a channel that was supposed to do one thing and steroided-out into something different and way lame. eeh thinking about that, i'm feelin mighty low. this will not fly, we need to do an "aaah no ya don't" on these maroons. gonna go find out who to complain to...

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