Hot Cross Bunny (1948)
Article 5867 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Robert McKimson
Featuring the voice of Mel Blanc
What it is: Bugs Bunny cartoon
A doctor intends to perform an experiment in which Bugs Bunny will switch brains with that of a chicken.
Robert McKimson’s cartoons were often overloaded with extraneous chatter, but much of his work still holds up. This is a fairly decent Bugs Bunny cartoon with a bit of science fiction and horror to the proceedings; on top of the experiment itself, there’s a scene in which Bugs is scared by a skeleton in the closet. The best moment here is when Bugs is wheeled into the operating chamber and believes he’s there to entertain the doctors, so he does an impression of Lionel Barrymore, performs a magic trick, does his famous buck and wing dance, and performs that bizarre Danny Kaye style song Daffy performed in BOOK REVUE. It’s not one of Bugs’ best, but is still fun enough to get by.
Kicked off by my favorite gag, set at the Paul Revere Foundation: “hardly a man is now alive.”