Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas
|Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas|
The Bah, Humduck! logo, as seen on the DVD cover.
|Directed by||Charles Visser|
|Produced by||Frank Molieri|
|Written by||Ray De Laurentis|
|Based on||A Christmas Carol|
by Charles Dickens
by Warner Bros.
|Music by||Gordon Goodwin|
|Edited by||Rob Desales|
|Distributed by||Warner Home Video|
Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas (also known as Looney Tunes: Bah Humduck) is a 2006 animated direct-to-DVD Christmas comedy-drama film starring the Looney Tunes characters, directed by Charles Visser, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and animated overseas by Toon City Animation. The film is based on the popular Charles Dickens 1843 novella A Christmas Carol.
In the beginning of the movie, Bugs Bunny (in a Fred-like role) pops up out of his hole to clear away the snow, and explains to the viewers he's all about winter holidays, despite the fact that rabbits are traditionally associated with Easter. He's then almost run over by Daffy Duck's gas-guzzling SUV.
Daffy is the owner of the Lucky Duck Superstore (a Costco-esque megastore). True to his Scrooge-like role, he treats his employees (played by other Looney Tunes characters) like they're garbage. Despite Bugs scolding him for his treatment of Playboy Penguin, Daffy still acts in a snobbish manner and tries to abscond with the money Priscilla Pig, Egghead Jr., Henery Hawk and Barnyard Dawg Jr. are collecting for charity. Daffy especially has trouble with his hover scooter, and gets beat up by his own employees (through no fault of their own) and the customers (since he insulted them too). After Daffy states he hates the holidays, Bugs warns him about the Ghosts of Christmas, at which Daffy simply scoffs.
After working his employees to the bone on Christmas Eve, Daffy expects them all back at 5:00 AM on Christmas Day, so he can make more money off of last minute shoppers. Assistant Manager Porky Pig (in a Bob Cratchit-like role) pleads with Daffy to let him go home for Christmas and spend time with his daughter, Priscilla (in a Tiny Tim-like role), but Daffy refuses. Bugs warns him that bad things would happen to people like him (referring to A Christmas Carol) and tells him "Bah, Humduck!" (an adaption of Scrooge's "Bah, Humbug!"), which Daffy then takes as his own.
Later that day, the spirit of Daffy's deceased business idol, Sylvester the Investor (Sylvester the Cat in a Jacob Marley-like role), who's clad in chains as punishment for his greed after a disgruntled employee ran over him nine times in a forklift, appears before Daffy. Sylvester warns Daffy that if he doesn't change his ways, he will be doomed to the same fate. He also tells Daffy that he still has a chance of escaping his fate, and foretells that three ghosts will visit him. Daffy, thinking of this as a trick by Bugs, does not believe what Sylvester said to him. After the visit, Daffy turns down the requests of Elmer Fudd (who would like some vacation time), Marvin the Martian (who would like to go home to Mars), and Porky Pig.
At the end of the day, everyone goes home for the night. Later that night, Daffy ends up trapped in the store by a snowdrift with Bugs. He locks himself in his vault to be safe. But the ghosts are not that easily stopped.
The Ghost of Christmas Past (taking on the form of an old lady and a canary, Granny and Tweety) appears, then takes Daffy back to his childhood, where they see that Daffy lived at the Lucky Duck Orphanage (with his design from Baby Looney Tunes reused), and every Christmas, he was ignored by potential parents, which explains his unhappy demeanor in the Present Day (and how his store got its name).
The Ghost of Christmas Present (Yosemite Sam) then appears, and berates Daffy for his treatment of his employees, telling him if he doesn't change his ways, his future is very bleak. He shows him what Elmer Fudd, Marvin the Martian, and Porky Pig are doing at the time. By this time, Daffy is starting to feel tender emotion (though he doesn't attribute it as guilt), which earns him another one of the Ghosts' numerous beatings. By this time, he actually dreads the visit of the last ghost and pleads with Bugs to hide him from it.
After a reenactment of Bugs and Daffy's hiding routine, Daffy is left alone at the mercy of the ghost. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (the Tasmanian Devil) eventually appears, and takes Daffy to the future, showing that because of his greed and selfishness, he has died from an unknown cause. At Daffy's headstone, Porky Pig tells Priscilla about the loss of Daffy. He tells her that because Daffy tried to name himself as his own heir, which is illegal, the Lucky Duck Superstore closed down, leaving everyone out of a job, though it did allow them to spend Christmas with their families just like they wanted. After Porky leaves the grave, Priscilla stays longer and reveals that she never hated Daffy; like him, Priscilla can understand what it's like not having family around at the holidays, and feeling that no one should be alone at this time of year, she promises to come visit his grave every year on Christmas. Priscilla leaves a plate of Christmas cookies on Daffy's grave before following her dad out of the cemetery. Because of Priscilla's kindness, Daffy's cold demeanor melts and his heart breaks. Realizing his greed and selfish nature was to cover up his real wish to be part of a family, Daffy vows to be a kinder and more generous person as the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come sends him on his way.
Returning to the present, he starts to make reparations by waking up a nearby Elmer where he enlists his help in exchange for accepting his request of vacation time. He promotes Porky to the store manager, gives Marvin a rocket to go home to Mars, hires Playboy Penguin as his new employee, gives all of his employees the gifts they desired, along with a raise and a paid vacation. There's a brief moment when he slides back to his greedy self, contemplating just how he is going to recover all the costs. However, it immediately fades when Priscilla presents a plate of duck-shaped cookies and calls him "Uncle Daffy". Daffy thinks she's pushing it until she kisses him on the cheek and he lets her call him "Uncle Daffy" (implying that he finally got his wish to be part of a family). All of this is witnessed by the Ghosts of Christmas.
As the film reaches its end, Bugs comments on how he loves the holidays (chomping on a candy cane afterwards), the camera pulls out of the mall to end the movie. Porky and Priscilla finish the movie by saying Porky's famous line: "T-T-T-That's all folks!"
- Bugs Bunny - Himself, Narrator, also a Lucky Duck customer; serves as a Fred-type foil to Daffy.
- Daffy Duck - Owner of Lucky Duck Superstore, he despises families and Christmas because he was continuously rejected by potential adopters, which basically explains his greed and love for money. He would stop despising families when he finally gets his wish to be a part of a family by allowing Priscilla to call him uncle. He is based on Ebenezer Scrooge.
- Porky Pig - Assistant Manager of Lucky Duck Superstore; based on Bob Cratchit.
- Egghead Jr., Henery Hawk, Barnyard Dawg Jr. - Carolers
- Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Marvin the Martian, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Foghorn Leghorn, The Three Bears, Sam Sheepdog, Claude Cat, Charlie Dog, Miss Prissy, Barnyard Dawg, Mac, Tosh, Hippety Hopper, Beaky Buzzard, Hubie and Bertie - Lucky Duck employees
- Penelope Pussycat - Lucky Duck customer; as with her original role, she is also Pepé Le Pew's girlfriend.
- Sylvester the Cat - Ghost of "Sylvester the Investor". Based on Jacob Marley, Sylvester was Daffy's business idol, whose fate was predetermined because of his own greed. He warns Daffy that the same fate would befall on him unless he changes his ways, while also saying that three Ghosts of Christmas will visit him. The scene also reveals that his death was caused by an accident, as opposed to the novel in which Marley died of more natural causes (such as old age).
- Granny and Tweety - Ghost of Christmas Past who takes Daffy to his past to reveal how his greed and love for money surfaced.
- Yosemite Sam - Ghost of Christmas Present who beats up Daffy every time he gets insensitive for his employees' misery.
- Tasmanian Devil - Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come who is the only one who actually got through to Daffy when he shows him the consequences of his greed: death.
- Priscilla Pig - Kind and caring daughter of Porky; serves as a Tiny Tim-type foil to Daffy.
- Playboy Penguin - Beggar who lives near Lucky Duck Superstore; towards the end, he becomes a Lucky Duck employee.
- Joe Alaskey - Daffy Duck, Sylvester as Sylvester the Investor, Marvin the Martian, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepé Le Pew
- Bob Bergen - Porky Pig, Tweety as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Speedy Gonzales
- Jim Cummings - Taz as the Ghost of Christmas Future, Gossamer
- June Foray - Granny as the Ghost of Christmas Past
- Maurice LaMarche - Yosemite Sam as the Ghost of Christmas Present
- Tara Strong - Priscilla Pig, House Wife
- Billy West - Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd
- Paul Julian - Road Runner (archive recording)
- Adaptations of A Christmas Carol
- Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales
- Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale, another animated Christmas film by Warner Bros. Animation featuring Tom and Jerry.
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