383. Transylvania 6-5000 -Chuck Jones

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SUMMARY: Bugs Bunny finds himself in a spooky castle where his host is a shape-shifting vampire.

WHY IT’S HERE: Chuck Jones’s last original Bugs Bunny cartoon, ‘Transylvania 6-5000 ended their association on a high and remains one of Bugs’s most famous cartoons and one of the most acclaimed of the 60s Warner Bros. cartoons. This is the one where Bugs stays the night at Count Blood Count’s castle where he reads a book on magic incantations. When the Count tries to drink his blood, Bugs is able to use the phrases ‘Hocus Pocus’ and ‘Abracadabra’ to transform himself or the Count into various other forms. These exchanges are witty and progress with a comedic logic that is entirely satisfying (‘I’m a vampire’, ‘Oh yeah, well abacadarbra, I’m an umpire’). As a final cartoon for the director who gave him so many of his finest and most famous moments, ‘Transylvania 6-5000’ sees Bugs on top form.

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