Picks and Pans Review: Bugs & Friends Sing Elvis
The Looney Tunes Gang
Presley purists may be appalled at the sacrilege of Foghorn Leghorn singing his filibuster version of “Love Me Tender” or Daffy Duck quacking out “Don’t Be Cruel.” But Elvis’s grandiosity invited parody, and this is clearly the most affectionate of send ups. The Warner cartoon empire has not, of course, gotten over the death of Mel Blanc, whose subtle use of a superelastic voice defined the Looney Tunes characters. The characteristic speech defects—like Daffy’s lisp—were never stressed the way they are here by Blanc’s successors.
Bugs Bunny is one of the few titans of popular culture who matches up reasonably well with Elvis, just as Bugs’s charisma and stature kept him from being fatally upstaged by Michael Jordan. One of the last lines on the album is, of course, “Bugs has left the building.” (Kid Rhino/Kids’ WB Music)