It’s Blogmas Eve as I scurry to do my last-minute rewarding of TV and movie clips to deserving bloggers! (If you’ve been following this story arc, you know the drill; if not, click here for a quick catch-up.)
Today’s lottery winner is the so-cute-you-could-pinch-her Summer at the blog Serendipitous Anachronisms. This is an easy one, because Summer has written several blog reviews of theatrical and TV cartoons for blogathons that I have hosted over the years. (Her critique of the blatant absence of parents in the Peanuts specials continues to crack me up.)
I decided to gift Summer with a Bugs Bunny cartoon, but in contrast to the usual blog entries, I chose not to go with the obvious. (I love What’s Opera, Doc? as much as anyone, but there are plenty of other Bugs cartoons that ain’t exactly chopped liver.)
So I hereby gift Summer with Bully for Bugs (1953), in which Bugs forgets to take the inevitable “left turn at Albuquerque” and ends up smack in the middle of a Mexican bullfighting arena. As BB biographer Joe Adamson has pointed out, the cartoon’s finale is so satisfying partially because Bugs suffers as many defeats as the bull does — which makes that finale (beautifully scored by Carl Stalling) one of the most gut-busting endings I’ve ever seen.
Enjoy the cartoon (embedded below), and come back tomorrow for the final day of our epic Blogmas celebration!