The first minute is identical to 1942's Bugs Bunny Gets The Boid.
Kent Rogers died in World War II (July 1944) before the voice work on this cartoon was finished, so Stan Freberg did the remaining voice tracks. Comedian Eddie Bartell is also said to have filled in for some of Beaky's dialogue (along with Freberg) when Kent Rogers was killed fighting in World War II. In addition, director Bob Clampett did a few new speaking lines himself.
The delay in this cartoon's release was due to the Technicolor plant's large backlog during the war.
This was Beaky Buzzard's first "starring" role, although he had appeared in other cartoons.
This is also the cartoon that has Beaky sing the "I'm Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee" song that many people associate with the character. The original title was "Arkansas Traveler" (Unknown-arr. Carl Stalling).
In September of 1943, beginning with A Feud There Was, Warner Bros. began re-releasing select color cartoons in their Blue Ribbon program. Typically the Blue Ribbon reissues received new opening sequences with Blue Ribbon title cards and standardized music. Cartoon production credits were also removed. Between ten and fifteen cartoons were released in any given year, with cartoons coming from as far back as 1935. The reissues continued until the close of the studio in the 1960's.
All Blue Ribbon cartoons were released as "Merrie Melodie" cartoons regardless of the original series. The first "Looney Tunes" short to be included in the Blue Ribbon series was The Hep Cat, which was added in 1949. The only current prints of many of these cartoons are the Blue Ribbon releases, although restoration of these cartoons with original elements and titles is always ongoing.
The Bashful Buzzard Production Information
- Sep 15, 1945- Original Release
- Feb 7, 1953- Blue Ribbon Reissue
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