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Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: C



There have been many, many filmed takes on the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.  From Alastair Sim’s classic to the Muppets, a variety of characters have loaned themselves to one of the greatest tales ever written.  The Looney Tunes take a second swing (yes, this is the second time the Looney Tunes have told this tale) at the classic in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas.  The Looney Tunes originally starred in a eight minute 1979 version entitled Bugs Bunny Christmas Carol.  In the new animated film Bah, Humduck! none of the character’s names are changed to fit more closely with the Charles Dickens story, but overall does embody all the same concepts.


Daffy Duck plays a Scrooge Like millionaire who owns a large company, loving to do nothing more than count his money and be mean.  Porky Pig reprises his role as a Bob Cratchit like character who is a widow and cares after his only child Priscilla Pig.  Following the Dickens’ Tale Daffy Duck must reform his evil ways and is visited by four ghosts Sylvester Cat (a Marley type character), Past (Granny), Present (Yosemite Sam, who played Scrooge in the first version), and Future (The Tasmanian Devil).  In the end, of course, Daffy reforms his ways and all is forgiven unlike his usual animated appearances.  This film was cute and funny, instilling the zany, slapstick comedy antics of the Looney Tunes crew to put a new twist on a past classic.


The technicals on this holiday themed DVD are quite good, though the extras could use some work.  The picture is crisp, bright, and colorful in its 1.33 X 1 Full Screen Format as it was produced, although the presentation would have been nicer in an Anamorphic Widescreen format if cutting it that way was possible.  The sound is also pretty good in its Dolby 5.1 Surround presentation, where each BAM! SLAM! and Looney Tune SNAP! can be heard clearly along with the seasonal background music.


The extras are slightly entertaining, the games at least keeping this reviewer’s interest for a short period of time.  The game section has three segments, the first section being a remote guided maze, then a remote guided up/down path game, and finally a character match game.  The match game will surely be a struggle for younger audiences who have not grown up with the Looney Tunes as much as past generations, the game using less recognizable characters such as Slow Poke Rodriguez (Mouse), Bertie (grey mouse), Charlie Dog (Dog), Bookworm, Claude (yellow cat), Gossamer (big, red, hairy guy), and Priscilla (Porky’s daughter).  Overall, this is a nicely presented holiday DVD.


Though this may sound like just a holiday film, it surely is able to be enjoyed year round.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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