July 7, 2000 |
What's up, doc? No way, no possible way could I avoid starting this story like that. It's about - you guessed it - Bugs Bunny. But you didn't guess - unless you cheated and read the headline - that it's also about the Philadelphia Orchestra. Not a customary combination, this. What's up is the Philadelphia Orchestra on the stage of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts tonight at 8, in front of a giant screen on which the world-famous maestro (step aside Muti, Mazur, Sawallisch, Barenboim, Rattle)
June 19, 1998 |
Someone once said, "Bugs Bunny is the standard by which all great cartoon characters are judged. " Appropriately enough, that someone happens to be Mike Lazzo, senior vice president of programming and production for Cartoon Network, Turner Broadcasting's 24-hour cartoon channel. Now if anybody knows about cartoons, it's this guy. Currently carried in more than 50 million homes, Cartoon Network has the world's largest cartoon library. This weekend, it clears the schedule of newbies like "Dexter's Laboratory," "Johnny Bravo," "Cow and Chicken" and old-school faves such as "Space Ghost Coast" "Jonny Quest" and "Josie & the Pussycats" to present the sixth annual "June Bugs" marathon - 48 hours of Bugs Bunny cartoons.
July 19, 1991 |
Sure, this century has seen its share of great maestros. Toscanini. Stokowski. Von Karajan. Furtwangler. Bernstein. But on their best night none of them could hold a baton to the supreme and seminal musician of our time: The one and only Harebert Von Carrotjan. When away from the podium and not sporting white tie and rabbit-tails, Harebert answers to the name of Bugs Bunny. But it is the common consensus of critics and fans alike that beside Harebert, the other titans of the symphony orchestra are, well, just semi-conductors.
September 14, 1993 |
Lights. Cash register. Action! Warner Bros., the legendary Hollywood studio, this weekend opens its first retail store in the Philadelphia area at the Cherry Hill Mall, selling everything from Tweety Bird T-shirts to a $2,250, foot-tall bronze sculpture of Bugs Bunny. The Warner Bros. store is just a few doors down from The Disney Store, and at first glance, the two movie retailers seem like remakes of one another. But rewind, look again and they are more like reverse images.
May 29, 2005 |
For the Looney Tunes nation - Bugsians of every stripe, Daffy Duckistas, diehard Fuddites, and old Tweetonians - last winter was a time of darkness and seething discontent. In February, Warner Bros. announced plans for a new cartoon series, aptly called Loonatics, in which Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the rest of the menagerie would be drastically redrawn as garish superheroes of the far future. With the speed of Road Runner, an Internet uproar ensued, with fans more splenetic than Yosemite Sam claiming that the added IQ of all the suits at Warner Bros.
August 17, 1992 |
The Nature Conservancy believes that if people could go out and see all those wetlands and forests it is trying to preserve, they'd be only too happy to donate money. Getting them all out to some swamp isn't practical, of course. The Conservancy, based in Alexandria, Va., could send out pictures, but they lack effect. Videocassettes might be an answer, but they're expensive and a flop with people who don't have a VCR at hand. And an environmentally conscious outfit has to think about where those things will wind up. And so the Conservancy is turning to . . . View-Master.
July 12, 1991 |
With cartoons making a comeback on the big screen, here's a chance to see the king of them all: Bugs Bunny, in Bugs Bunny on Broadway. The eight vintage Warner Bros. cartoons will be shown July 20 at the Mann Music Center. The production, which comes on the heels of a sold-out, two-week engagement in New York, features accompaniment by the 50-piece Warner Bros. Symphony Orchestra. Most of the cartoons will feature "long-hared music," works borrowed from classical pieces by Rossini, Strauss and other well-known composers.
April 16, 1990 |
In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, it's not wise to promenade in the rain. So the city's usual Easter Sunday activities at Rittenhouse Square were moved inside, to the grand ballroom at the Bellevue Stratford, where participants showed off their springtime outfits. Mayor Goode showed up for the festivities, too, accompanied by Bugs Bunny, who is celebrating his 50th birthday this year.
July 28, 2015 |
THE SPECIAL Olympics World Games kicked off in Los Angeles over the weekend, and the Opening Ceremonies included an inspiring speech by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. Charles, who won a national title at Texas and has gained over 1,000 yards each of the last three seasons - and five of his seven with the Chiefs - shared a story that resonated with the crowd. "When I was a boy, I had trouble reading," Charles said. "I found out I had a learning disability. People made fun of me. They said I would never go anywhere.
July 26, 1990 |
Jeff Bergman turned 29 the day Mel Blanc died. Now that Bergman, a boyish burst of energy from Yardley, has assumed the throne Blanc occupied about 50 years as voice to the cartoon stars, the coincidence seems a bit eerie. "I'm spooked just thinking about it," said Bergman, allowing himself a quick, but animated, shudder. After Blanc's death in 1989, Bergman beat out about 100 other contenders to become the voice of the wily rabbit in the first new Bugs Bunny theatrical short in 26 years.