Bugs Bunny: Super Star Review

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Bugs Bunny: Super Star is a Looney Tunes Documentary about the the history of the Looney Tunes, the documentary also played 9 full Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, the majority of these shorts starred Bugs Bunny hence the name of the film.

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The main focus of the film is the documentary segment and while this is very interesting and is a deep look into the efforts and cost of making the Looney Tunes shorts the movie is very controversial because of some information that was provided by Bob Clampett one of the animators at Warner Bros.

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In an audio commentary from 2012 the films Director Larry Jackson stated that in order for Bob Clampett to agree to be in the documentary and allow footage of his cartoons and memorabilia to be shown he had to agree via contract that Clampett would host the documentary, would choose all of the shown cartoons and would approve the final cut of the film. According to Jackson, Clampett was insecure and didn’t want to give much credit to other Looney Tunes animators and he would’t allow the cartoons made by his colleagues to have credits but his could, this information should be taken with a pinch of salt as its not evidenced but it made people very angry and if it is true then Bob Clampett should be ashamed of himself for trying take credit away from his fellow legendary animators.

The best part of the film is the cartoons and I will briefly go over my five favourites.

  1. A Wild Hare

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A Wild Hare stars both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, in this cartoon Elmer has never met Bugs Bunny and unfortunately picks him to be the next target of his shotgun, in a typical Looney Tunes fashion Bugs takes advantage of the hunters stupidity and goes out of his way to humiliate him and slowly cause him to have a mental breakdown.

2. Walky Talky Hawky

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A young Chicken Hawk is looking for his first chicken to eat, he stumbles across one of my favourite Loony Tunes characters Foghorn Leghorn, Foghorn being a chicken decides to trick the hawk into thinking that a dog is a chicken and the hawk tries many schemes to catch and eat the dog resulting in some very memorable and funny moments, this is one of my favourite cartoons with Foghorn Leghorn and I would recommend watching it you can.

3. I Taw a Putty Tat

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In this cartoon a young lady phones a pet shop to get a new bird after her Canary “has gone missing” we later find out that her cat Sylvester has been eating them. The new bird arrives a young canary named Tweety Pie who Sylvester cant wait to sink his teeth into. Growing up I used to really enjoy the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons due to their slapstick nature and similarities to the Tom and Jerry Cartoons. I believe this was one of the first cartoons to star these characters and it did a great job of introducing them to audiences not too mention that it is also very funny.

4. Hair Raising Hare

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An evil scientist tricks Bugs Bunny into coming to his castle in order to feed him to his pet monster. This is probably one of the most well known Bugs Bunny cartoons and its often used as reference in various Looney Tunes video games and other media.

This one does have a lot of the standard slapstick humour which is to be expected but it very clever in other-ways, its a homage to classic monster movies and cheesy old horror films, it also breaks the fourth wall a lot and addresses the audience of the cinema this is because many of these older cartoons would be played before movies.

I really love this one and to be honest it is the best cartoon in this movie but its not the one made me laugh the most so while it is still hilarious its not my favourite.

5. My Favourite Duck

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My favourite duck is my favourite animated short in this movie, it focuses on Porky Pig who wants to enjoy a relaxed vacation camping in the woods but unfortunately he is noticed by Daffy Duck who does everything he can to ruin Porky’s vacation blackmailing him with a sign that says if he hurts a duck he will be hit with a hefty fine.

This is Daffy Duck at his absolute best, Chuck Jones was the director and he added much of the fantastic slapstick and witty humour that he is known to add to his cartoons. This one has me in laughing fits every time I see it and is in my opinion one of the funniest Looney Tunes shorts ever made.

Bugs Bunny: Superstar is a difficult film for me to say whether I like it or not, the cartoons are all great but the main meat of the film is the documentary that is so controversial that I don’t know whats true and whats not, personally I would say that unless you really want to watch all of the Looney Tunes media available then just watch the shorts provided here otherwise you could skip this one and go straight into the Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner movie which I believe is a much better feature.

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Cuphead (2017) Review

Two cups lose a bet against the Devil and in order to save their souls they must capture the souls of every other resident on their home island.

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I think we will kick start 2018 with a review of one of the mos popular video games of last year a small indie title known as Cuphead don’t deal with the Devil.

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Cuphead is a run and gun sidescroller inspired by the cartoons of the 1930’s, Cuphead and his pal Mugman both take inspiration from Mickey Mouse and Oscar the Lucky Rabbit.

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Cuphead offers three main level types, the first is a classic run and gun scenario similar to old arcade games, you will need to get from point A to point B without dying, this is extremely difficult due to the barrage of enemy types that constantly attack you, enemies do not often die without respawning and the army of creatures that target Cuphead and Mugman is relentless, some of these stages do have a mini boss which will need to be defeated however these bosses are nowhere near as difficult to beat as the games main challenges.

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The final level variant in the game are on scroll shooters, these level types take obvious inspiration from the old space scooters of the day, Cuphead and Mugman enter aeroplanes and take on bosses who will constantly morph into different forms, many smaller enemies will spawn  for our two heroes to take on while also taking aim at the levels boss, I had the most difficulty with these level types.

 

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Cuphead and Mugman pack some pretty wild finger guns, the standard gun is powerful enough to get you through most of the game however if you feel like you wanna spice things up a bit then why not spend some of your well earned coins on some new ammunition or perhaps some new abilities

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I don’t think I really need to emphasise just how outstanding the visuals are in Cuphead, as previously stated the game takes inspiration from 1930’s cartoons and the games artists have done an excellent job of making the game emulate this extremely well, not only does the entire game look like an old cartoon but its the smaller touches such as static on the screen which really help to make this game even more beautiful than its needs to be.

The soundtrack is just as wonderful as the visuals, a few tracks use vocals sang by a barbershop quartet but personally I prefer the frantic instrumental tracks during the run and gun sections, although its all very well done and well worth a listen.

Cuphead is one of the most creative games I have ever played and if you enjoy old cartoons and high reaction intense game play then this is the perfect game to add to your library, but if you don’t enjoy difficult games or if you are only just starting out as a gamer then this is one to skip as the game is very challenging, I really enjoyed Cuphead however it is a bit too short for the price the developers are asking for it costs 16 pounds for what is no more than a six hour experience so knock it down to a tenner and you’ve got yourself a bargain 9/10.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Cuphead for the Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

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Cartoon Dogs

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Cartoon human beings are better than real life human beings because well you know there cartoons and they are in kick ass TV shows like Adventure Time and Pokémon, but do you know what’s better than cartoon humans, cartoon dogs why you may ask well you know there dogs and dogs are cool. We all have a favorite animated dog from our childhood but today I’m going to talk about the three which I grew up with and loved as a child.

Scooby Doo

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Scooby Doo in a blog about Cartoon dogs is a no brainer. What makes Scooby Doo so great he’s the Sherlock Holmes of the Animal Kingdom I guess you could call him Sherlock Bones I’m sorry that joke was terrible. Scooby Doo has a really funny personality like his need to eat all the time I blame Shaggy that guy is totally a pot smoker, Scooby also is a pussy cat at heart since he scares easily and when he does get scared he jumps into Shaggy’s arms and cuddles up to him it quite adorable when you think about it. Did I mention Scooby Doo can talk yep that’s right and the gang (Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy) all understand him they don’t think this is weird or anything you know because all dogs can talk. I don’t think Scooby can talk at all I just think they are constantly high on shrooms think about it they run around the town chasing people dressed as ghosts, they have intellect conversations with a dog, Both Shaggy and Scooby constantly need to eat and the entire gang drive around in hippy van if that’s not drugs for you then I don’t know what is

Muttley

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Muttley made his first appearance in 1968 in a well known show called the Wacky Races he played the role of a side kick for the shows idiotic villain Dick Dastardly. Most people know Muttley from the Wacky Races but he was also in other Hannah Barbara shows such as Dastardly and Muttley in Their flying Machines in this show Muttley earned Many Medals and wanted more from Dick Dastardly from following his commands. I personally know Muttley from the Wacky Races and you wanna know what makes him so great, his laugh Muttley’s laugh is brilliant check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKm5xQyD2vE

Snoopy

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I love Snoopy even though I don’t know much about him apart from he’s Charlie Browns pet dog, he writes a book and he has a small bird called Woodstock (Named after the popular festival back then). So you’re probably wondering why snoopy is on this list if I don’t know all that much about his character, to be honest I just love Snoopy I read the original comics and I still watch the old TV series I don’t know much about him but he’s a lovable character none the less and as a kid I loved him more than both Scooby Doo and Muttley and that has earned Snoopy a place in this blog. If you really want to know more about who Snoopy is this how his creator explains him

The wildly imaginative, supremely confident, world-famous beagle is a canine master of disguise. As Joe Cool, he’s aloof, unflappable, above the fray, the hip dog we’d all like to be. As the World War I Flying Ace, he engages in aerial combat with the notorious Red Baron. While pondering life from the top of his doghouse, he writes the great American novel, travels to the moon, and plots revenge on the cat next door.

http://www.peanuts.com/characters/snoopy/

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