Bewitched Bunny

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Bewitched Bunny
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny)/(Witch Hazel) series
Bewitchedbunny.jpg
Bugs Bunny is unaware of his nemesis, Witch Hazel. Adapted from unrestored version of the cartoon.
Directed by Charles M. Jones
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
Bea Benaderet
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Lloyd Vaughan
Ken Harris
Ben Washam
Layouts by Maurice Noble
Backgrounds by Philip DeGuard
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) July 24, 1954
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:56
Language English

Bewitched Bunny is a Looney Tunes cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. Jones created the character Witch Hazel who debuted in this cartoon. Witch Hazel later appeared in Broom-Stick Bunny (1956), A Witch's Tangled Hare (1959), and in A-Haunting We Will Go (1966). She also has a brief cameo appearance in Transylvania 6-5000 (1963).

That was also the final Looney Tunes cartoon to air on Cartoon Network, prior to 2009. This final airdate was on October 3, 2004.

Plot[edit]

The story begins with Bugs reading the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Witch Hazel plays the witch who tries to cook and eat the children. (Her cookbook has such recipes as "Waif Waffles", "Kiddie Kippers" and "Smorgas Boy".) Bugs witnesses Witch Hazel coaxing the children inside and goes in her house, disguised as a truant officer, and saves the youths from her clutches. The children both turn to Hazel as they leave and say in a thick German accent: "Ach - your mother rides a vacuum cleaner!"

However, once Hazel realizes that Bugs is a rabbit, she tries to cook him instead, using a carrot (filled with sleeping potion) as a lure. Bugs eats the carrot and falls asleep and Witch Hazel puts him into a pot to make rabbit stew.

While the witch is occupied, a character resembling Prince Charming enters the house and kisses Bugs' hand. Bugs wakes up and says: "You're looking for Snow White, this is the story of HAHHN-sel and Gretel", and the Prince leaves, confused about how Hansel is pronounced. Bugs then tries to escape down a corridor but is trapped by Hazel. As she approaches, Bugs quickly finds a vase of her magic powder (on a shelf marked with the message "in case of emergency") and uses it to transform her into a gorgeous lady bunny who has a feminine voice but still has Hazel's laugh.

As he gets ready to leave with the bunny beauty, Bugs looks at the audience, breaking the fourth wall, and comments: "Ah sure, I know. But aren't they all witches inside?".

Controversy[edit]

Hazel transformed into a rabbit in the controversial scene.

This cartoon caused some controversy in Canada due to Bugs' end line about Witch Hazel being turned into a rabbit being perceived as misogynistic.[1] And Bugs' closing line, "Ah sure, I know. But aren't they all witches inside?" was edited out of commercial broadcasts in the 1980s, and was replaced in later versions with "Sure uh, I know. But after all, who wants to be alone on Halloween?" This controversy was briefly mentioned by Eric Goldberg[2] on the DVD commentary of the fifth volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set. However, the original version has been aired in Canada (as recently as 2015) on the Canadian cable channel Teletoon Retro.

Availability[edit]

Bewitched Bunny is available on the second disc of Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5, and the first disc of Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection, Volume 5.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Devil May Hare
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1954
Succeeded by
Yankee Doodle Bugs