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Bully for Bugs (1953)

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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8 August 1953 (USA)  »

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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 »

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[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 »

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In Caliente
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Music by Allie Wrubel
Played during the opening credits and at the beginning
Also played when the bull bows amidst roses
Also played when Bugs smells the rose
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Enjoyable as usual.
27 December 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Bully for Bugs" is a very good Bugs Bunny cartoon--which is no surprise since the franchise was going very strong at the time. Receiving a score lower than 8 actually would have been a surprise--these films were that consistently good. However, in one way this isn't exactly the typical sort of Bugs Bunny cartoon--as his nemesis is a lot more successful against him than normal.

The film begins in a bull ring in Mexico. After dispatching the matador, the bull is ready for another fight when, suddenly, up pops Bugs. He naturally made a wrong turn at Albuquerque and ended up in the ring. As I mentioned above, however, the bull often gets the best of Bugs...that is, until the end. Overall, it's a high quality cartoon--with nice animation and plenty of laughs. Worth seeing.


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