Giovanni Jones was a famous yet insensitive opera singer who hated Bugs Bunny for distracting him while practicing.
An Opera singer named "Giovanni Jones" gets annoyed at Bugs for playing his banjo, harp and tuba and therefore distracting him from his singing practice. However, rather than politely ask Bugs to stop playing during his rehearsals, he uses the instruments as weapons to clobber Bugs. Bugs is initially tolerant of the singer's apparent rudeness, taking the first two attacks in stride; but after a third instance of such brutality, Bugs faces the audience and declares his time-honored, Groucho Marx-inspired warning: "Of course you know, this means war!"
Bugs exacts his revenge against Jones first by hammering the roof of the "acoustically perfect" concert hall (presumably the Hollywood Bowl, due to its shape) to disrupt the singer's vocals, then by spraying his throat with "alum" which shrinks his head as well his voice. Next, Bugs dresses up as an adoring teenage female fan and asks Jones for an autograph, only the pen is a stick of dynamite.
Finally, for the coup de grâce, Bugs poses as the highly respected "Leopold" (Stokoswki) to take over the conducting duties. Bugs conducts Jones through a virtuoso (albeit unorthodox) performance before administering the final blow: holding a singular note until Jones can hardly endure the strain (at one point, Bugs leaves his glove hovering in the air and steps outside to order a pair of ear muffs). Giovanni's face turns different colors as his tuxedo unravels under the pressure (collar detaches, vestee bursts off, dickey rolls into face, suspenders give and slacks fall around ankles). Bugs returns to his glove to find Jones on the floor banging his fists in what's left of his torn apart tuxedo and flowered boxer shorts. Eventually the concert roof comes crumbling down on top of the unfortunate singer. When Jones climbs out of the rubble, he takes a bow in shreds that were once a tuxedo. His face is beaten in and bruised purple and blue. Bugs again cues Jones to sing the same note so that a boulder, precariously balanced on a steel girder, falls and crushes the singer's head.
To add insult to injury, Bugs removes his wig and closes out the performance by strumming the old vaudeville-era four-note tune, "Good Eve-ning Frieeeeends", on a banjo.
The Looney Tunes Show
Giovanni Jones appears in The Looney Tunes Show, as the head manager and Tina's boss at Copy Place. He debuts in "Customer Service", when he is forced to suspend Tina after seeing her violently mistreating a customer. His next appearance was a silent cameo in "A Christmas Carol."
Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run
Giovanni appears as a former supporting antagonist. He serves as Lola's supervisor in making perfumes. It is later revealed that he was the victim of manipulations by the real antagonist, his mercenary and his two pawns.
In Modern Media
- Giovanni has made occasional appearances in modern WB media, such as the crowd scenes of the 1996 film Space Jam.