Bonanza Bunny

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Bonanza Bunny
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Production company Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date September 5, 1959
Starring Mel Blanc
Robert C. Bruce
Producer(s) John W. Burton
Music composed by Milt Franklyn
Story by Tedd Pierce
Animation Tom Ray
George Grandpré
Ted Bonnicksen
Warren Batchelder
Director(s) Robert McKimson
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Bonanza Bunny is the four hundred and fifty-first Merrie Melodies theatrical short. It was released by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Vitaphone Corporation on September 5, 1959. It was written by Tedd Pierce, produced by John W. Burton, and directed by Robert McKimson.

In Dawson City, Yukon, Bugs Bunny has struck it rich when he has a bag of gold. However, Blacque Jacque Shellacque, the most roughest, toughest, muklukest Canuck in the Klondike, arrives and wants to take Bugs' bag of gold.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Bugs: Oh boy! The fun you can have with a bunch of old rocks and a can of yellow paint!


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Bugs Bunny Mel Blanc
Blacque Jacque Shellacque Mel Blanc
Narrator Robert C. Bruce
Bartender Mel Blanc



  • Gold
  • Playing cards
  • 21 Card
  • Stick of Dynamite
  • Gunpowder Bag





The music was composed by Milt Franklyn.

Crew credits


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: September 5, 1959 in theatres

Behind the scenes

  • From this point until the initial closure of the studio in 1964, all cartoons feature red/crimson colored rings, with the exceptions of the abstracted cartoons: Now Hear This, Bartholomew versus the Wheel, and Señorella and the Glass Huarache.
  • This is the last Warner Bros. cartoon that Robert C. Bruce narrated before he moved into producing industrial films and television commercials.
  • The gag where Blacque Jacque Shellacque opens fire on Bugs and then moves to reveal his own wanted poster is reused from an earlier cartoon called Drip-Along Daffy (1951) where Nasty Canasta also tries to shoot Daffy, then moving to show his own wanted poster.
    • The scene afterwards of the patrons' reaction and dashing out was also modeled after this short.
  • Two of the large sacks lined up against the back wall of the storeroom are labeled "Butler Spuds" and "Gibbroek Corn Meal", as inside-jokes to background artists William Butler and Robert Gribbroek respectively.


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