2020 55¢ Bugs Bunny: Pianist
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: July 27, 2020
First Day City: Burbank, CA
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 50,000,000
Bugs Bunny may act silly a lot, but there are some things he can be serious about. One of those things is revenge. If another character does something to cause him harm or make him mad, he almost always declares, "Of course you realize THIS means war!" However, sometimes it seems like Bugs has a bit of a temper and goes after another character for even the slightest offense. This usually escalates into both characters going all out to take down the other.
In the cartoon Rhapsody Rabbit, Bugs stars as a pianist giving a formal concert. At the beginning, an audience member coughs each time Bugs is about to play. Fed up, Bugs pulls out a gun and shoots. As his punishment for "silencing" the audience member, the rest of Bugs' performance is plagued with interruptions. At first, it is by his phone ringing. Then a mouse appears and begins to compete with Bugs on the piano.
Bugs does his best to get rid of the mouse, to no avail. Considering Bugs is usually the one who is impossible to get rid of, the comedy of the scene is even greater. In the end, the mouse is the one to perform the concert's grand finale on his own toy piano (which sounds like a regular grand piano).
Bugs is visibly frustrated at the end of Rhapsody Rabbit. It just goes to show that even the greatest pranksters can be the butt of a joke once in a while.