I admit that I’m a biased judge, since in the last 22 years I’ve had TV reception only for three years somewhere in the late ’90s and early ’00s, but I don’t think there’s a Saturday morning cartoon out there that beats Bugs Bunny and company.

By far my favorite Bugs cartoon is the one with him and Elmer in the Viking opera — which you should watch now if for some reason you have a gigantic hole in your life experience and don’t know the ‘toon, or the rest of this won’t make sense. I have very few memories of my childhood, but I remember the first time I saw that cartoon — so moving. And the horse, it slays me.

Cooper was stalking a baby cottontail rabbit Thursday evening when we were out feeding horses. He was too far away to catch it, but still, he was obviously trying to consider some way he could clear 50’ of open ground slyly or swiftly enough to get the little bunner (who was obviously taunting him by continuing to eat his greens).

While Cooper stood frozen in his classic bunny stalker pose, I broke into narrative song (which I can do because I live in the country).

“Kill the wabbit. Kill the waabbit. Kill the waaabbit!” “Kill the wabbit?” “Yo-o-ho-o! Yo-o-ho-o! Yo-o-ho-o!” And as if on cue, Cooper took off after the bunny, who had no problem getting to cover ahead of my dog, the brick bullet.

After Cooper emerged, sans bunny, another line from the cartoon popped into my head, and I told him: “Guess you needed your spear and magic helmet, buddy.” And that did it, I had to go search YouTube for the cartoon, which I’d heard once was on there.

I hit the jackpot and found it here (because one link to it may not be enough), and I watched it several times — and you know what that means. Yup, got a song stuck in my head.

Friday I spent the whole morning at work singing (lightly, so as not to hurt the ears of my coworkers): “Oh, Brunhilda, you’re so lovely.” “Yes, I know it, I can’t help it.” “Oh, Brunhilda, be-ee my looove!” (But in full imitation of Elmer, heavy on the Ws, and Bugs, twanging all the way.)

Even better, when I told our head reporter I had the lyrics stuck in my head, and actually sang Elmer’s first line out loud, he took up Bugs’ line, then we had a big finish with a duet on the last line. It was a beautiful moment.

Of course, I had to watch the cartoon again last night so the lyrics of the day today are: “Return my love, a longing burns deep inside me.” “Return my love, I want you always beside me.”

“Wetuuurn, won’t you weturn my wuv” at: pam(at)viewfromthenorth40.com

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