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I first saw this film in the theaters when it was released in 1995 and loved every second of it! Viewing all the wonderful Warner Brothers characters in a parody of such a timeless masterpiece makes this cartoon short a real gem. I especially enjoyed Sylvester as Victor Laszlo and Tweety as Ugarte. My only real fault in this was how short it was, but to come again, its running time is typical for that of an average Warner Brothers animation. All in all it is very amusing, well-worth seeing, and highly recommended to the whole family, as can be said for the original classic: Casablanca.
The first thing I noticed in this Looney Tunes takeoff on "Casablanca"
is the fantastic artwork. Man, this looks beautiful! The second thing
quickly apparent is that this cartoon is going to include a ton of
Looney Tunes characters, all congregating in the "Cafe Au Lait
Americain" establishment in "Carrotblanca."
With Bugs Bunny playing Humphrey Bogart; Daffy Duck as Sam the piano man, Tweety as Peter Lorre, Yosemite Sam as a Nazi general, etc., this is a hoot - really fun to watch. Of course, the more you know the movie Casablanca, the more you'll laugh at this.
However, to be honest, I didn't find it hilarious, just mildly amusing and, of course, clever. With only seven or so minutes to work with, they had to rush the story so the ending is a bit goofy...but, hey, it's a cartoon, and they're supposed to provide us the unexpected!
In an inspired decision, this cartoon was included on the new two-disc special edition of Casablance that was released in August 2003. It's worth more than just one look as many of your old favorites - Bugs, Daffy, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn and others - stop by for cameos or larger roles. I thought the best casting was Pepe LePew in the Claude Rains role, though Tweety's Peter Lorre impression is priceless. (These are two characters, incidentally, whom I usually have little use for.) A very worthy successor to the great Warner Bros. cartoons of the 40s and 50s, and a great homage to one of the greatest movies ever made.
This cartoon spoofs Casablanca wonderfully, and reuses the Scarlet Pumpernickel's formula for putting various stars in unlikely roles. Tweety is weird but funny as Usmarte and does an excellent Peter Lorre impression. The animation is of the new, plastic sort. But if you consider the animation of other cartoons these days, the weird digital sheen loses importance. Bugs apparently likes Penelope, which is strange, I must say. CAT and RABBIT?!!? Anyway, it's a cartoon, and such cartoons like The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950) quite disregard the species. Funny and filled with laughs, with more of the dramatic story sense than most. Highly recommended.
Hysterical! A great tribute to CASABLANCA and to the Looney Tunes history as well. Wonderful use of every Warners cartoon character imaginable (a la Chuck Jones's great SCARLET PUMPERNICKEL). A joy from start to finish. And don't miss Tweety Bird's great Peter Lorre impression
Carrotblanca was like all the classic Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and so on cartoons. In a mere six minutes or so, they spoofed a classic movie. Bugs Bunny is funny after decades of comedy, and Daffy Duck is always the foolish clown. The use of Tweety, Yosemite Sam, Pepe le Pew, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn is also a nice touch.
You can view this animated short if you purchase the Casablanca 2-disc
Special Edition DVD.
My only complaint about the short is that it is, well, too short. They could have extended the storyline to put in more gags and references. I'm also a little upset that they left out classic lines ("beautiful friendship") and a semi-important character (Ferrari, which could have been played by Elmer Fudd).
Otherwise, it's a fun little short that fans of the movie (and WB cartoons) will enjoy. It would have been interesting to see how the original WB artists/writers of the "Casablanca" era would have done it, compared to this 1995 version.
"Carrotblanca," parody of the classic "Casablanca," is a hilarious spoof
the latter. Just about everyone turns up for this funny
Bugs plays the Rick part, and Penelope (the cat persistently followed by Pepe le Pew) plays the Elsa part (although named Kitty.) Sylvester plays Laszlo, and Daffy plays a hilarious Sam (Not Yosemite Sam, but the piano-player. Yosemite's a Nazi soldier for this round.)
This mini-movie has many hilarious moments from Bugs' first line to the absurd part in which Tweety is cast. At some points it seems Daffy steals the show (try forgetting about the "I thought I told you never to play that song" section) but otherwise Bugs is the one to watch.
My only complaint is that it goes rather fast. Of course, all the Looney Tunes shorts run an average of 7 minutes, but you'd think a spoof of a 102 minute film would be worth at least a 30 minute episode.
This short is welcome and enjoyable for many reasons and on many levels. It's a good spoof of Casablanca, it's as hilarious as the best of the work Warner Brothers did in their heyday and half the fun is in spotting the characters in small roles or as extras (waiters, sitting at tables, etc.), as with The Scarlet Pumpernickel or the glorious Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which used the same concept. Excellent short of recent vintage which maintains the spirit of the old shorts. Glad to see that it's available. Well worth watching. Most recommended.
Bugs Bunny in charge of Rick's café? This spoof of, of course, the 40s
film 'Casablanca' sees our carrot-chewing hero as the fortune-hunting,
love-sick exile who meets the love of his life again when she walks
into his bar.
The strength of this cartoon isn't just in the details - they are a perfect reflection of the original film - but in the casting of well-known WB 'toon characters as the main players in 'Casablanca', for example Tweety Pie as Ugarte (the squeaky-voiced role originally played by Peter Lorre).
Better than 'Rabbit Hood', Bugs's take on 'The Adventures of Robin Hood'. These little shorts are inspired additions to the DVDs of the original films - keep 'em coming.
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