Saturday, December 4, 2021

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


Title(s):  "Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales"

AdaptationFeaturing the voice of as Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam (the Scrooge), Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Tasmanian Devil, Light Company Man, Airplane Pilots, Santa Claus, and Elmer Fudd; and the voice of  as Clyde Rabbit and Mrs. Claus

Dates and Places of Earliest Release:  

TUE, 27 NOV 1979 U.S.A.
My Rating***(Offensive Favorite)

Format Reviewed
animated comedy, on VHS
Runtime:  22 minutes 
As of December 4, 2021, copies of this film, on VHS, are available, online, for approximately $30 U.S. Dollars.

Does this adaptation include the phrase "God bless us...?" 

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

Does this adaptation mention "God" or "Christ"?

What does my wife think of
this adaptation?
She thinks it's "silly" and "nostalgic."

Where and when 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.
What language and/or dialects are used?  
American English.

How closely does this adaptation follow the original novel, by Charles Dickens?
(Give specific examples of departures...)

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.

Is this adaptation a musical?  
What songs and/or dances 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 and effective is the visual art?  
The art is well done for two-dimensional animation, and, for me, very nostalgic.

How creative and intense 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 aerial and/or nap-of-the-earth footage is included?  
What use is made of background extras?  

What is the most remarkable thing about this adaptation? 
The 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 bonus material is included on the tape or DVD? 
Other tales are included on this VHS tape, as Christmas dinner segues into a series of encounters between Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

Test your knowledge of this adaptation by taking these quizzes:

Quiz  1 of T.B.D.

Quiz  2 of T.B.D.
Quiz  3 of T.B.D.
Quiz  4 of T.B.D.
Review and quizzes by William Mortensen Vaughan