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Bully for Bugs (1953)

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Bugs Bunny takes a wrong turn at Albuquerque and winds up in a Mexican bullring fighting one heck of a big bullying bull.

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Bugs Bunny once again making that "wrong turn at Albuquerque" burrows into a bullring, where a magnificent bull is making short work of a toreador. The bull bucks Bugs out of the arena, prompting the bunny to declare "Of course you realize, this means war!" The deft Bugs' arsenal comes plenty packed, as he uses anvils, well-placed face slaps and the bull's horns as a slingshot. The bull fights back, using his horns as a shotgun barrel. The bull's comeback is short-lived; just after Bugs makes out his will, he lures the bull out of the arena, just in time to set up a rube-like device that leads to the bull's defeat. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Trivia

The sounds of the crowd were recorded from a real bull-fighting crowd in Barcelona, Spain. See more »

Goofs

When Bugs was writing his will, we see the top of the paper turned over so that the audience can read it from left to right (not upside-down). This means that the heading itself is written upside-down. The reason the word WILL was written right-side up, as Bugs was past page one, is so that all people, especially children, could know what was being written, for both children and adults. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bugs Bunny: Well, here I am. Hey, just a cotton-picking minute. This don't look like the Coachella Valley to me.
[picks up map]
Bugs Bunny: Hmm, I knew I should've taken that left turn at Albuquerque. Oh well, I'll just ask this gent in the fancy knickerbockers. Eh, I beg your par...
[the matador runs right past Bugs; Bugs chases him]
Bugs Bunny: Eh, pardon me, sir, but could you direct me to the shortest route to the Coachella Valley and the big carrot festival therein?
[the matador climbs the fence]
Bugs Bunny: Eh, what's up, Doc?
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After the bull realizes that the door has opened, Bugs quickly sets up a trap to get rid of the bull as soon as it returned to the arena. The bull returns to the arena and is killed as it goes over the detonating dynamite keg. The bull, now dead, hit its head against a wall. Bugs quickly raises a red cape in front of the bull's rear end on which is written THE End. The two-word phrase, THE End, is in gold letters, on the red cape as the cartoon concludes. See more »


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Tango Muchacha
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when the bull grinds his horns
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Funny material with a good Bugs
28 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bugs is on his way to a carrot convention, but a wrong turn along the way means that he accidentally turns up in Spain, popping up in the middle of a bull fight. When he gets charged out of the building, bugs declares war on the bull and returns to get revenge.

Yet again, Bugs takes a wrong turn at the same place and this time ends up getting his tail steamed up by a bull. When he smacks the bull off him it just kicks things off and the fun begins. The trickery Bugs uses here is very much of a more physical nature than when he uses word play and characters to trick his way around the bull. While I prefer a mix of humour, all the physical stuff is still very funny.

The bull is a pretty good support character for Bugs as he tries to give as good as he gets. He may just be a big bull but that is what is needed where most of the humour is physical. Bugs may not get to play other roles but he is still good with his physical work here - he is on good form and he makes the material funnier.

Overall, not Bugs best as it is just not as clever as some of his wittier stuff; but for out and out physical comedy this is a good example of Bugs at work.


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