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Bugs Bunny's Halloween Hijinx

By Paul Trandahl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

A classic cartoon's take on scary monsters.

Movie NR 2005 48 minutes
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Bugs Bunny's Halloween Hijinx is just two specials put on one VHS Tape.

What I mean by this is it is just Bugs Bunny's Creature Features and Bugs Bunny's Howl-Oween Special.

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Bugs Bunny's Halloween Hijinx is a mixed bag with a few saving graces. Creature Features consists of three relatively recent shorts, produced in 1987, 1988, and 1992, respectively. "The Duxorcist" and "Living Duck" are notable for being among the last vocal performances by the original Warner Brothers voice man, Mel Blanc. However, only "Bunny Snatchers" successfully recaptures the fast-paced zest of a classic Looney Tune, while offering a sly commentary on the increasing blandification of the Looney Tunes characters as a result of their new corporate symbol status. Bugs has some typically violent encounters with Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, and Daffy Duck before the three are taken over by carrots from outer space, turning them into sickeningly sweet versions of their former selves. After Bugs foils the influence of the alien carrots, he remarks, "I never realized how lucky I was that so many people wanted to kill me."

Howl-oween is a remnant from an unfortunate period in which Warner Brothers created new animated TV specials by splicing together bits and pieces of vintage cartoon classics, then inserted newly animated scenes in an effort to link the unrelated plots. The resulting hodgepodge not only fails as a self-contained story, but also does a major disservice to the original cartoons that were gutted. To make matters worse, the new scenes are poorly done and glaringly out of place surrounded by material dating from Warners' heyday.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 1, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: April 27, 2000
  • Cast: Mel Blanc
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Run time: 48 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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