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|Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones|
|Produced by||Eddie Selzer|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
June Foray (uncredited)
|Music by||Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||Richard Thompson
|Layouts by||Ernie Nordli|
|Backgrounds by||Philip De Guard|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||February 25, 1956 (USA)|
|Running time||7 min (one reel)|
||This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. (October 2013)|
It is Halloween night, and Witch Hazel is brewing some witch's brew ("A cup of arsenic, a spider, some glue..."). As she goes about her business, she pauses at her magic mirror and asks it who is the ugliest one of all (similar to the Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves). The genie in the mirror replies that she, Witch Hazel, is the ugliest one of all ("By my troth, I will avow: there's none that's uglier than thou"). Hazel explains to the audience that she's "deathly afraid" of getting prettier as she grows older, a fear that's fully justified at the end of the short.
Meanwhile, Bugs Bunny is out trick-or-treating dressed as a witch, his face hidden by an ugly green mask. He calls on Witch Hazel, who, seeing his costume, mistakes him for an actual witch ("I don't remember seeing her at any of the union meetings"). After making a comment about Bugs' appearance ("Isn't she the ugliest little thing?"), she dashes to her magic mirror and asks it a second time who's the ugliest one of all. The genie in the mirror looks towards Bugs and replies that he actually finds Bugs far uglier ("Thou wert the ugliest one, 'tis true. But that creep is uglier far than you").
The jealous witch then hatches a plot: she invites the disguised Bugs in for tea, and prepares a brew containing an assortment of beauty enhancers. Bugs is about to drink the tea when he remembers that he is still wearing his mask, and takes it off. Seeing that her "rival" is actually a rabbit, Witch Hazel dashes off to consult her potion book. Sure enough, the last ingredient for the brew she was brewing earlier is a rabbit's clavicle.
While she is gone, Bugs suspects there is trouble afoot and makes to leave ("You know, my delicate inner sense of danger warns me that there's something faintly unhealthy in the atmosphere of this cottage"), but he is stopped at the exit by Witch Hazel brandishing a meat cleaver. Bugs flees, stating, "Uh, pardon me, auntie, but uh, I've got a lot of trick-or-treatin' to catch up on so I'll bid you a civil adieu!", with the cackling witch chasing him throughout her house. She dashes to her magic broom closet to grab her flying broomstick to keep up with him, but she had accidentally grabbed her magic sweeping broom instead, which starts sweeping with her on it until she lets go; "Crazy me, that was my sweeping broom" she says to the audience. As Bugs hides, Witch Hazel finally traps Bugs using a carrot on a fishing rod.
Back at her cauldron, Hazel prepares to kill Bugs and use him in her potion. She is about to bring her cleaver down on the trussed-up rabbit, but he plays to her sympathies, gazing back at her with tear-filled doe eyes. Hazel then bursts into tears, claiming his innocent face reminds her of Paul, her pet tarantula (it is unknown if Paul died naturally or if Hazel had used him as an ingredient in a past potion). Bugs tries to comfort her by bringing her the cup of beauty elixir, which she unknowingly drinks (whether or not Bugs did this on purpose is debatable). Hazel instantly changes into a young and very beautiful redhead with a slender but curvy build (naturally, Milt Franklyn strikes up Oh, You Beautiful Doll), which of course horrifies her.
Hazel dashes to her magic mirror a third time and meekly asks (in a softer, sexier voice) if she is still ugly. The genie, upon seeing the witch's new look, immediately falls in love with her and lunges to grab her after giving a Bob Hope-like "ROWR, ROWR!". Hazel flees on her actual flying broomstick, with the genie chasing her on his magic carpet, slowly gaining on her as well. Bugs, who's still at Hazel's house, promptly calls the local air raid headquarters to report "a genie with light brown hair chasing a flying sorceress!".
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