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Carrotblanca is a 1995 8-minute Looney Tunes cartoon. It was originally shown in theaters alongside The Amazing Panda Adventure (in North America) and The Pebble and the Penguin (internationally). It was subsequently released on video packaged with older Looney Tunes cartoons and was included in the special edition DVD, and later HD DVD and Blu-ray, releases of Casablanca, the film to which it is both a parody and an homage. At the time of release, WB did not own the rights to Casablanca (such rights were with Turner Entertainment – they still technically hold the film today, but WB became responsible for distribution a year after the short's release as a result of their parent company's purchase of Turner in 1996).
|Directed by||Douglas McCarthy|
|Produced by||Timothy Cahill|
|Story by||Timothy Cahill|
|Music by||Richard Stone|
Julie Bernstein (uncredited)
|Edited by||Assistant editor:|
|Animation by||Character animation:|
David S. Smith
Supervision assistant animation:
|Layouts by||Bryan Evans|
|Backgrounds by||Patricia Keppler|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Unlike the previous modern Looney Tunes shorts, this short was not made by the Greg Ford/Terry Lennon team nor Chuck Jones Film Productions. It was produced by the Animaniacs writing team at Warner Bros. Feature Animation. Carrotblanca was the only Looney Tunes short produced by that group of writers and the Feature Animation division.
The short involves nearly all the major Looney Tunes characters in roles from the film, including Bugs Bunny as Rick, Daffy Duck as Sam and Pepé Le Pew as Captain Renault. Some characters use their real names, others the names of the characters in the original film, or parodic versions. Several minor Looney Tunes characters can be seen in the background (such as Pete Puma as a waiter wearing a kaftan and fez, and Giovanni Jones and The Crusher as the maitre d' and doorman; a customer at a table is Gossamer).
General Pandemonium (Yosemite Sam as Major Strasser) gets a frantic call from Foghorn Leghorn saying that a secret German document has been stolen, and immediately heads for the Carrotblanca nightclub―the Cafe Au Lait Americain. At the nightclub, Usmarte (Tweety Bird as Ugarte, depicted like Peter Lorre), the actual thief, convinces Bugs Bunny (as Rick Blaine) to take the document.
Meanwhile, Sylvester Slazlo (as Victor Lazlo) and his wife Kitty Ketty (Penelope Pussycat as Ilsa) arrive at the club. Ketty attracts the unwanted attention of Captain Louis (Pepé Le Pew) but she scratches him and throws him into the wall. Ketty, who is the ex-girlfriend of Bugs, asks Daffy Duck (as Sam) to play her favorite song. General Pandemonium suspects Sylvester may know about the document and binds him in his office. Ketty pleads with Bugs to help Sylvester out of this. Though Bugs is initially reluctant due to the fact that Ketty broke his heart, he goes to the General's office nevertheless and confuses the General himself into jail.
The story climaxes with Sylvester and Ketty escaping on the plane for Toronto, New York City and Cucamonga, as Bugs watches them go... except that they find Louis on the plane working as a steward. Louis asks Ketty, "Coffee, tea, or moi?", causing her to jump out of the plane in fright, seemingly without a parachute, landing right in front of Bugs. They kiss, then the parachute opens, covering them.
The Warner Bros. Family Entertainment logo appears with "That's All Folks!" written on top of it. Tweety pops up and says (in Peter Lorre's voice) "That's All Folks!" and the cartoon ends off.
This cartoon contains the Looney Tunes-logo, but the Merrie Melodies-leader can be heard.
It was released on the DVD set "The Essential Bugs Bunny", and it was released on the special edition of Casablanca.
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