Transylvania 6-5000 – animated short, 1963

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Transylvania 6-5000 is a 1963 American Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Chuck Jones and starring Bugs Bunny. The title is a pun on “Pennsylvania 6-5000“, a song made famous by Glenn Miller, and referring to the old telephone number system of an “exchange”.

Voiced by: Mel Blanc as Bugs Bunny, Ben Frommer as Count Bloodcount, and Julie Bennett as Agatha and Emily, the two-headed vulture.

Plot:

Bugs Bunny inadvertently ends up in “Pittsburghe Transylvania”. Initially he asks a two-headed female vulture for directions, but the beast is too busy talking about eating him. Bugs sees an old castle nearby, and calmly approaches it. He meets a vampire, who introduces himself as Count Blood Count and invites him in.

Unable to sleep, Bugs picks up a book titled “Magic Words and Phrases”. Later the Count sneaks up behind him and is just about to strike when Bugs says “abacadabra”, turning the Count into a bat. Bugs mistakes the bat/Count for a big mosquito and clobbers the bat with a fly swatter. As the bat dizzily flies out of the window, Bugs says “hocus pocus”, which turns the Count back into a vampire and fall into the moat surrounding his castle. Shortly afterward, while Bugs is searching for the house restaurant, the Count sneaks up from behind again, but Bugs is humming to the tune of “It’s Magic” and inadvertently turns the Count back into a bat. Once again mistaking the bat for a mosquito, Bugs sprays the bat with a fumigator.

Fed up with the situation, the Count reveals his true identity to Bugs, resulting in a duel of “magic phrases” in which Bugs transforms into a baseball umpire…

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