Friday, June 10, 2011

061 Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk

Title: Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk (arguably: "Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk" with Bugs Bunny)
Studio: Warner Bros.
Date: 06/12/43 (in BoxOffice and LTMM; 5/29 in OMAM)
Supervision: I. Freleng
Animation: Jack Bradbury
Story: Michael Maltese
Musical Direction: Carl W. Stalling
Series: Merrie Melodies
Running time (of viewed version): 7:15
Commercial DVD Availability: -

Synopsis: The Brooklyn rabbit versus the beanstalk giant.

Comments: Second cartoon in a row with a fairylike frame. Beautiful multiplane carrots; and this wasn't the one in 3D. Disney-esque chiaroscuro backgrounds. (And an explicit Gulliver reference in this, not like the one I grafted on in the last synopsis). "You think you're pretty C-A-T smart, dontcha'?" is a good line. I never understood why the glass cutters in cartoons were shaped as they were; presumably they are functional in the real world. Wartime blackout reference. Eyes in the dark gag; the opposite of a silhouette. It's nice to see Bugs not fully in control of a situation. The giant design looks Famous, or maybe even a certain type of Disney or Columbia, -like to me.

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