Witch Hazel - Traditional hag of a witch with
green skin, warted nosed and a shrill, explosive laugh (EE-HEE-HEE-HEE-HEE-HEE!!!!!!!)
featured in a number of Warner Brothers cartoons.
Witch Hazel first appeared in the cartoon short Bewitched Bunny released
July 24, 1954. The cartoon starred Bugs Bunny who disguises himself as a truant
officer to infiltrate Witch Hazel's cottage and rescue Hansel and Gretel from
her clutches. Admonishing the witch Bugs says, "Shame on you, Granny, Roastin'
children when they should be in school..!" To which Hazel replies..."Everyone
should have a hobby." Eventually, Bugs convinces the two children who have been
feasting on candy treats that they are in danger, and so they escape before
Witch Hazel has a chance to eat them.
In the sequel cartoon Broom-Stick Bunny released February 25, 1956, Bugs
is Trick-or-Treating at the home of Witch Hazel dressed as a creepy witch. When
Witch Hazel realizes there is a rabbit beneath the costume, she tries to lure
Bugs into her house so she can put his furry carcass into her stew.
In the 1959 follow-up A Witch's Tangled Hare released October 31, 1959,
Bugs does battle with Witch Hazel in her castle along with the poet laureate
William Shakespeare who turns out be a guy named Sam Krubish. The cartoon ends
with Witch Hazel and Sam Krubish arguing over whether Hazel gave Sam the right
apartment number when he came to visit her. In the last line Bugs says: "2B or
not 2B? That is the question."
During the many chase scenes in the cartoons Witch Hazel left behind a puff of
smoke as she ZIPPED from room to room in pursuit of her prey.
Bugs Bunny throws a magic potion at
which transforms her into a beautiful, sexy, girl rabbit.
He-LLO!!...Going my way?
[looking at audience] Aw sure....I
know!!......... But aren't they all witches inside???
The witch Hazel character was also featured on THE BUGS BUNNY SHOW (1960) TV
Series; A-Haunting We Will Go (1966); Bugs Bunny's Howl-Oween Special
(1978); Bugs Bunny: Lost In Time (1999); and Looney Tunes: Stranger
Than Fiction (2003).
June Foray who supplied the voice of Witch Hazel in all the cartoons also did a
similar witch voice as
Hazel the Witch in the Disney cartoon Trick or Treat
(1952) and as a puppet called "The Witch" on the children's TV series ANDY'S
GANG (1955). Mel Blanc provided the voice for Bugs Bunny.
There was also a
Witch Hazel character created by John Stanley that appeared in
the Little Lulu Comics beginning in 1952, the same year Disney introduced their
Witch Hazel character.
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