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Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk
Merrie Melodies series
Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Jack Bradbury
Gerry Chiniquy
Gil Turner
Richard Bickenbach
Manuel Perez
Phil Monroe
Studio Leon Schlesinger Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) June 12, 1943
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:28 (one reel)
Language English

Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk is a 1943 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Friz Freleng and starring Bugs Bunny. Voices are provided by Mel Blanc. This is one of only two cartoons where Elmer's speech impediment is referenced in the title(without Elmer appearing!), the other one is Wackiki Wabbit.


The film opens as if it's Jack and the Beanstalk, and finds Warner's famous "jackrabbit" (Bugs), already in the giant's lofty realm, chopping down gigantic carrots. It turns out they belong to a dim-witted giant.

The giant is incensed at Bugs invading his "Victory garden", and Bugs spends most of the rest of the film trying to elude the giant. At one point he challenges him to a duel, and the giant starts pacing off into the distance and is soon over the horizon. Bugs' self-congratulation ("You know, I'm so smart, sometimes it almost frightens me") is short-lived, as the giant comes toward him from the other horizon.

Finally, the giant accidentally falls from his sky-borne realm and crashes into the ground, making a huge giant-shaped hole. Instead of being dead, the hard-headed giant simply sits up, dizzy, and invokes a well-known comic catch-phrase, "Duh, watch out for dat foist step - it's a lulu!".


Friz Freleng had already directed four fairy-tale films: Beauty and the Beast (1934), The Miller's Daughter (1934), and The Trial of Mister Wolf (1941) . He would go on to direct Little Red Riding Rabbit (1944), Red Riding Hoodwinked (1955) and Tweety and the Beanstalk (1957).[1]


See also


  1. Zipes (2011), p. 402
Preceded by
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Wackiki Wabbit