Ryan Wilson

25 Days of Christmas (Carol): Day 11

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Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol (1979)Adaptation number 11 is a short Merrie Melodies film named Bugs Bunny’s Christmas Carol.  Starring Yosemite Sam as Scrooge, Porky Pig as Crachit, and Bugs Bunny as himself, this cartoon is nothing more than your typical Bugs Bunny vs. rival cartoon, just with a basic Christmas flair added to it.  The Ghost of Christmas are completely done away with, leaving Scrooge to learn his lesson by being tortured by Bugs, not even bothering with past, present, or future.

This version sells itself short, as Sam really doesn’t learn anything.  The defining moment that causes him to change is actually just a threat to send him to hell (or taking him to “see the man in the red suit” as it so subtly states).  While fun to watch, this is far from the best adaptation I’ve seen.

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