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Fright Before Christmas (1979)

During Christmastime, a pair of pilots flying a wild Tasmanian Devil over the North Pole to Australia lose the beast, who ends up inadvertently donning Santa Claus' garb and saddling in St.... See full summary »




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Complete credited cast:
Bugs Bunny / Tasmanian Devil / Santa Claus / Pilots (voice)


During Christmastime, a pair of pilots flying a wild Tasmanian Devil over the North Pole to Australia lose the beast, who ends up inadvertently donning Santa Claus' garb and saddling in St. Nick's sleigh. Meanwhile, Bugs is reading to his nephew Clyde Twas the Night Before Christmas when "Santa" shows up. Bugs sends Clyde off to bed and has some fun with the Tasmanian Devil Santa Claus. Written by Ondre Lombard <olombard@lombard.cyberverse.com>

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The title refers to the Clement Moore poem 'A Visit from St. Nicholas', more commonly known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'. See more »


When Taz starts his slide down the chimney, the fire is lit. By the time he reaches the bottom, there is no fire. Later on, the fireplace is burning again. See more »


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Alright, but it was clear that Looney Tunes' best years were long gone at this point
6 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Forming as part of the special 'Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales', 'Fright Before Christmas' as well as the other two cartoons featured is watchable but doesn't come close to the peak/classic years.

As said, it's not bad. There are some nice vibrant colours in the animation and the wintry setting is beautifully evoked. The character designs are sadly quite scrappy however, especially a quite poorly drawn Taz. The music is no Carl Stalling or Milt Franklyn (thank goodness that it's also no Bill Lava though when using canned music), and a couple of parts sound on the cheap side, but most of it has a good deal of energy, is nicely orchestrated and unlike a lot of later Lava efforts it fits with the action while not exactly enhancing it like Stalling and to a lesser extent Franklyn were able to do.

In terms of the humour, there are some amusing lines from Bugs and a couple of inventive gags revolving around Taz's eating. They don't come consistently though, there are not quite enough laughs and some of them are rushed so they're almost throwaway and others feel recycled. The story is predictable, sometimes painfully so, with it reading like a standard Bugs and Taz cartoon except in a different setting. The ending feels rushed and abrupt.

Bugs is smart, amusing and likable and Taz is suitably beastly, their chemistry also convinces and is suitably fun and antagonistic, though both have had better written and more imaginative material in their peak years. At least though they haven't been distorted like some of the best Looney Tunes characters (i.e. Daffy) were in the mid-late-60s output, which was when Looney Tunes started to decline. Clyde is an adorable supporting character, without being too cloying. Mel Blanc does just fine as he always does as does June Foray, again they've been more inspired when they've had better material, it's not bad material just not up to the usual high standard maintained in Looney Tunes' classic years.

Overall, alright but less than great. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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