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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 / Bull Gulping (voice)
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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

According to Chuck Jones, the idea for this cartoon came about one day while he and the writers were trying to come up with a new story for a Bugs cartoon. Their boss, the producer Edward Selzer, abruptly announced, "I don't want no gags about bullfights. Bullfights aren't funny". The thought of putting Bugs in a bullfight hadn't even occurred to Jones, who immediately hit upon it as a great idea. The resulting cartoon proved to be one of the most successful in the Bugs Bunny series. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Edited into Chuck Amuck: The Movie (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Tango Muchacha
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when the bull grinds his horns
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Bully for Chuck!
18 February 2004 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

It has been reported by Chuck Jones that Edward Selzer (then Warner Bros. cartoon producer) saw his drawing of a bull and immediately said, "no bullfighting pictures!" Lucky for us that Jones and his crew ignored these hasty words, because what resulted was one of the best Bugs Bunny cartoons ever made.

We are fortunate that Bugs never learned how to read a map, because this time out, his "wrong turn at Albuquerque" brought him into a Spanish bullfighting arena with the bull chasing the matador around the ring. We are also indebted to Jones and Michael Maltese's other famous words they put into the rabbit's mouth, "Of course you know this means war!" And with those words, Jones and co. build around this situation as no one ever has before or since.

The bull is noteworthy as being only a one-shot character, but one of the many Looney Tunes "character actors" that we do not soon forget.


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