#32 -- A Witch's Tangled Hare


Title - A Witch's Tangled Hare
Director - Abe Levitow 
Released - 1959

As before in Broom-stick Bunny, Bugs finds himself as the last ingredient in Witch Hazel's potion, but this time, he manages to run off to a nearby castle, with Hazel close behind.  All while doing this, a man in Renaissance-era clothes is following them and taking notes... gee, who could this be?  

One element about this toon to help it stand out is the location: in the other toons Witch Hazel starred in, the setting was her house (complete with the abstract style of Maurice Noble), but in A Witch's Tangled Hare, we're actually in the Scotland Moors.  This isn't a crack at Noble, he remains one of my favorite artists, but for this short, the new background really works.

Another part of what makes this short so fun is the subtle nods to Shakespeare that Levitow and Michael Maltese throw in: the castle has a mailbox with the name 'Macbeth' on it, Hazel performs part of the Witch's Spell from the same play, and in an attempt to confuse her, Bugs puts on a performance of Romeo & Juliet.   

This wasn't the first toon to star Witch Hazel, nor the last, but in my opinion, it's probably the best.  

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