Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales: Review by William Mortensen Vaughan

TitleBugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales

My Rating*****


AdaptationFeaturing the voice of Mel Blanc as Yosemite Sam as "the Scrooge"

Date/Year of ReleaseTuesday, November 27, 1979

FormatVHS, animated comedy

Is this adaptation reverent?  No, this adaptation is not particularly reverent.

Does it include the phrase "God bless us...?"  No.

Does it mention "God" or "Christ"?  No.

What does my wife think of it?  She thinks it's silly.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?  This adaptation does not follow the original novel very closelyYosemite Sam is Porky Pig's Scrooge-like boss, who fires him for singing Christmas Carols, and does't "Fa la la la la for nobody!"  

Tweety Bird is Tiny Tim.  Sylvester the Cat joins Yosemite Sam in bed for no apparent reason, other than to get warm.  Mel Blanc provides the voice for nearly all of these characters.

Bugs Bunny assumes a role similar to Fred's, but poses as "the Ghost of Christmas," tricking Yosemite Sam into becoming generousSam dresses like Santa Claus and passes out money on Christmas Eve, then has Christmas dinner with Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, and Tweety; he rehires Porky and makes him a partner.

Then, after Bugs Bunny gives him a big kiss, Sam admits this is all just an act, and demands his money back.  This scene segues into another cartoon, starring Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner.

What dialect is used?  Plain English.

When and where does this adaptation take place?  Contemporary U.S.A.  Yosemite Sam has a four-poster bed and clawfoot bathtub, but there is nothing to indicate with certainty what decade or century is depicted.  Wile E. Coyote uses electronic devices to try to catch the Roadrunner, but electronics such as the wireless telegraph existed in the 1800's.

Is this adaptation a prequel or a sequel? 

Is this adaptation supernatural?  No.  Bugs Bunny only pretends to be "the Ghost of Christmas."

Is this adaptation "framed"Yes.  Yosemite Sam admits at Christmas dinner that his generosity is just an act, and demands his money back.

What original musical numbers and/or dance routines are included
Bugs Bunny tries to teach Foghorn "the Rooster" J. Leghorn, Pepe "the Skunk" Le Pew, Elmer J. Fudd, Porky Pig, and Yosemite Sam to sing "Deck the Halls."  

Pepe starts singing "Alouette" instead of "Deck the Halls."

How attractive is the visual art?  The art is well done for two-dimensional animation, and, for me, very nostalgic.

How creative and instense are the transitions, especially when "the Scrooge" is taken from one time and/or place to another?
  The transitions are hilarious and believable, albeit unrealistic, as is typical in excellent cartoons.

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptationThe most remarkable thing about this adaptation is, perhaps, how Bugs Bunny, in spite of being merely "the Fred" in this adaptation, serves as the primary character, becoming the Narrator and a combination of all three Ghosts of Christmas (Past, Present, and Future) in one fantastic personage, controlling, remolding, and adding a uniquely humorous flavor to the entire story.

What extras are included on the tape or DVDOther tales are included on this VHS tape, as Christmas dinner segues into a series of encounters between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

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