In this one, we're going to be viewing sights that may appear very disturbing to many of you, so I'm just warning you guys ahead of time. Sights like this:

After seeing these, I'm convinced you could make a horror movie that could do for Bugs Bunny what "It" did for clowns. Their origin is just as unholy as their existence: in the decades after Warner Bros. stopped making Looney Tunes cartoons, they were all edited down for children and repeated over and over on television. Products appeared everywhere to cater to those children, many of which looked hideous. They're supposed to be puppets, but they look like they should burst out of a guy's chest or spit pea soup and growl. You can still push the Back button...you can still escape. Or do you want to see....ELMER FUDD??

AAAAAHHHH!!! Looks like Elmer's been getting the same treatment at night that Mr. Burns has. "I bring you looooooove...."

There's more than puppets out there. I can't find a single character on this poster that doesn't have something obviously wrong. I know things can get mistaken in translation, but who was told Foghorn was a green chicken?

If official merchandise can be this bad, imagine how bad unofficial merchandise must be. If you think you don't own any, you're wrong...you've seen one. Most homes own at least one copy of a tape produced by a small company, filled with public domain cartoons.

Not everyone understands the truth about PDs, so here's the deal. There are roughly 900 public domain cartoons in existence, and they've been used in movies, TV shows and everywhere else, whenever the company using them doesn't want to pay to show a cartoon someone else owns the rights to. These are shorts, or prints of shorts, that are kind of bad in quality or contain a character no one wants to own. So instead of holding on to them, the studios gave up the rights and placed them in "public domain," the name for anything that does not have an official owner. No matter who you are, it's perfectly legal for you to make a tape of Bugs Bunny or Popeye or Betty Boop cartoons and then sell it, as long as you use the PD ones. You could do it right now. Here's one to get you started! You like "Little Audrey," right?
Be aware, though, that you can't really use the exact likeness of Bugs on the cover of whatever you're about to make. You can sell the cartoons, sure, but you can't put a copyrighted character on that cover without permission. Unless the drawing you're using occurred in the PD cartoon itself. You get me? That's why Bugs on that cover above looks so old-timey. But did you see TWEETY?

The puppet has now been topped! Who chopped off his hands? The true reason is that this tape contains the first Tweety cartoon, and in it he looked like that. They couldn't put the modern Tweety on the cover because he's not in the PD cartoon!
If you don't want to draw them THAT way, there's only one other alternative: you can draw a character that looks kind of like Bugs Bunny, but not exactly. Many times on "Family Guy" when they use a character they don't own, they change the character's appearance to the style of the show...this is the reason for that. Exhibit A!

Painstakingly rendered by an 87-year-old farsighted mine shaft worker in 1977 and colored with the finest markers, this video has surely earned its "Quality Assurance" sticker. That's not the ugliest cover I've ever seen, though. It's just one of many.

Believe it or not, you still haven't seen the worst. Are you prepared for what's up next-- the most hideous drawing of "Bugs Bunny" to ever exist?

AAAAAAAUGH!! EYAAAAAHH!!! I gave you fair warning, so don't complain to me.

Who are those other blobby guys? It was pointed out that the guy on the far left with the rubber arm appears to be Dan Backslide from the WB cartoon "The Dover Boys"(a cartoon that's not on this DVD itself), but other than that nobody else is an actual character. Scroll down already; even I'm getting spooked out.

So, can you draw better than this? Or worse? (It really doesn't matter.) If so, you now have all the knowledge you need to make your own really bad cartoon collection for the open market. But if you're still not sure, then it's time to enter the GoldenAgeCartoons.com DESIGN AN UGLY PUBLIC DOMAIN VIDEO COVER CONTEST!!!

Every year, though I forget at what time, GAC's competition is held, with scads of bad artists competing for the crown. Does it sound too good to be true? Well, it's true! YOU could be displayed alongside these stellar luminaries! So get cracking and get rich!

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