Beanstalk Bunny

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Beanstalk Bunny
Merrie Melodies (Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck) series
Directed by Charles M. Jones
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Ken Harris
Richard Thompson
Abe Levitow
Keith Darling
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) 12 February 1955 (1955-02-12)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:00
Language English

Beanstalk Bunny is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon released on 12 February 1955. The cartoon's story is derived from the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk and stars Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck as Jack, and Elmer Fudd as the giant. The cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones.

Plot[edit]

The story begins with Jack summing up recent events leading up to the start of the story:

Now there goes a salesman - he trades me out of a perfectly good, Grade A homogenized Holstein cow, and for what? Three stupid beans. Jack, yer a jerk.

Frustrated with having traded his cow for the three beans, Jack tosses them away and they land right in Bugs Bunny's rabbit hole. A beanstalk erupts shortly after, and Jack decides to climb it. During his climb, he meets Bugs who is in bed, and kicks him away. Realizing which story is unfolding before him, Bugs decides to climb after him.

Meanwhile, Jack reaches the top of beanstalk, excited about stealing the fortune that the giant's castle holds, until he meets the giant himself. Jack's excitement turns into panic and he runs from the giant just as Bugs reaches the top. As the giant closes in on the duo, Bugs tells the giant to go after Jack instead of him, as that is whom he is supposed to be trying to catch according to the original story. Jack frantically tries to pass this off as a lie, declaring his name to be Aloysius, and that Bugs is Jack. As the two start to argue of who the real Jack is, the giant decides to "open with a pair of Jacks" and captures both of them. Inside the castle, the giant places Bugs and Jack under a glass cake dome to prepare to grind their bones to make his bread. However, they manage to escape because Bugs has an ACME glass cutter in his possession. The giant then begins chasing the two around his castle as they are trying to escape.

The chase continues until Bugs manages to trip the giant, knocking him unconscious. Bugs wants to go home, but the greedy Jack decides to stay so he can steal from the giant. As Bugs is running towards the beanstalk, he comes across the giant's equally large carrot garden ready to be eaten. Later that night, as a very full Bugs rests under one of the giant carrots he has been eating, he wonders what has become of Jack, who is revealed to be trapped inside the giant's pocket watch, acting like the minute and hour hands, while constantly making tick tock sounds.

Availability[edit]

This cartoon is now available on laserdisc and has been since its release in 1994. The cartoon itself runs seven minutes and can be seen on the disc, Hare Beyond Compare.

Censorship[edit]

  • In the 1970s and 1980s, CBS edited this cartoon to remove the scene of Elmer using champagne corks as earplugs and a cigarette to try and smoke Bugs and Daffy out of his head.
  • Cartoon Network has previously shown the cartoon with the scene CBS cut intact until 2003, when the cartoon ran either with the smoking scene or without it (usually the edited version was shown).

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Baby Buggy Bunny
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1955
Succeeded by
Sahara Hare