326. Beanstalk Bunny – Chuck Jones

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SUMMARY: A retelling of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, with Elmer Fudd as the Giant.

WHY IT’S HERE: Somehow among the mountain of Chuck Jones masterpieces, ‘Beanstalk Bunny’ has got a little lost. Of the many great cartoons that pair up Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, ‘Beanstalk Bunny’ is usually forgotten in favour of ‘Ali Baba Bunny’ or the Hunting Trilogy but it is every bit as good. Daffy Duck takes on the role of Jack whose magic beans unexpectedly grow into an enchanted beanstalk. However, on the way to claim his prizes at the top of the beanstalk, Daffy encounters Bugs who becomes embroiled in the chase with the giant (portrayed by Elmer Fudd). Once again, Daffy’s greed results in his downfall while Bugs’s cool head sees him outsmart everyone. Along the way in this fairly standard setup, ‘Beanstalk Bunny’ distinguishes itself with superior jokes, impeccably delivered wisecracks and an unforgettable scene of desperate pantomime portrayed through soundproof glass.

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