SUMMARY: Bugs Bunny helps Playboy Penguin return to the South Pole.
WHY IT’S HERE: Chuck Jones’s ‘8 Ball Bunny’ is a terrific sequel to the excellent ‘Frigid Hare’. It’s the second of two shorts which feature a cute character who came to be known as Playboy Penguin. ‘Frigid Hare’ had played out as a traditional chase film but ‘8 Ball Bunny’ widens the scope, presenting us with an epic road movie in which Bugs must travel across half the globe in order to return the penguin to the South Pole. Along the way he gets into numerous scrapes and continuously encounters a caricature of Humphrey Bogart in ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’. Although it was probably a wise choice to retire Playboy Penguin after just two appearances, both the cartoons that feature him are brilliant and, with its epic adventure story, ‘8 Ball Bunny’ stands out as the best of the two.