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[[caption-width-right:266:"[[ShutUpScaryThing Stop steaming up my tail! What're you trying to do, wrinkle it]]?!"]]

''Bully for Bugs'' is a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1953]] WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short directed by Creator/ChuckJones, starring WesternAnimation/BugsBunny.

The short begins with Bugs on his way to the Coachella Valley for the "Big carrot festival, therein." but takes a WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque and winds up inside a [[BeastlyBloodsports bullfight arena]], and becomes an unwitting victim of Toro the Bull and his horns. Bugs, indignant at this attack, immediately decides to turn the tables, taking up the role of matador and giving the bull his just desserts for the rest of the cartoon. One of the few Bugs shorts where his opponent gains the upper hand at several points along the way.

This cartoon is also notable for a bit of history behind its making, at least according to Chuck Jones: Jones' supervisor, Eddie Selzer, barged into Jones' office one day and announced, completely out of the blue, that "bullfights aren't funny!" Since Jones and his fellow animators [[AntiAdvice worked from the assumption that Eddie was always wrong about everything]], their only choice was to make a cartoon about bullfighting.[[note]]In his autobiography, Jones joked that his one regret was not animating the bull with a pair of gigantic, pendulous (but [[TruthInTelevision anatomically correct]]) testicles.[[/note]] Jones' suspicions about Selzer's comedic sensibilities were, of course, correct - the short turned out to be, even today, one of Bugs' most successful and popular outings, hitting number 12 on Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes.

It can be found on ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 1]]''.

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!!This Looney Tunes short provides examples of:

* BeastlyBloodsports: "Bullfights aren't funny!"
* BulletSeed: After accidentally swallowing a rifle, Toro is briefly able to shoot from his horns. His attempt to reload (with explosive rounds) leads him to [[NonFatalExplosion disaster]].
* BullSeeingRed: Subverted, in that Bugs flapping his cape leads a dazed Toro into following him around the arena in a sort of dance.
* {{Bowdlerization}}: Both CBS and ABC censored the climactic scene of Toro sliding up a greased ramp and, as he flies through the air, having a run-in with an explosive, the detonation of which is caused by Toro getting hit first by a bit of glue and then some sandpaper, which strikes a strategically-placed match, which lights the explosive's fuse. ABC would only show Toro sliding up the ramp and crashing into the fence, but CBS was slightly more careless: it would also show Toro being hit with the glue and sandpaper, as well as his dazed look caused by the unseen explosion.
** ABC also censored the scene of Toro accidentally blowing himself up with a round of explosive bullets.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The entire premise of this cartoon. Bugs slaps Toro in the nose for "steaming up his tail", Toro rebuts by headbutting Bugs into the sky and Bugs declares that ThisMeansWar.
* DoorJudo: Sets up Bugs' FinishingMove.
* DeadlyDodging / OneDimensionalThinking: Bugs does this with an anvil.
* GeniusBruiser: Toro. OK, maybe "genius" is an overstatement, but compared to most of the opponents Bugs faces, he's practically [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]].
* HitFlash: see Second Person Attack.
* HornAttack: Toro's whole shtick.
* ImpactSilhouette:
** Toro leaves a bull-shaped hole through the matador's cape.
** Bugs leaves a rabbit-shaped one when Toro knocks him through a wall.
* MickeyMousing: Most notably used when Bugs is mockingly slapping Toro to the tune of "Las Chiapanecas".
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Toro has red, blood-shot eyes.
* SecondPersonAttack: Bugs uses Toro's horns to create a slingshot.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: The original bullfighter hightails it for the hills as soon as Toro appears.
* ShapedLikeItself: "Toro" is Spanish for "Bull".
* ShutUpScaryThing: As seen in the page-image above. Of course, the Scary Thing uses this moment to prepare for payback.
* SlipperySkid: Used as part of Bugs' finishing gambit.
* StandardSnippet: The staple SouthOfTheBorder tunes "La Cucaracha" and "Las Chiapanecas" are played when Bugs is fighting with Toro.
* TapOnTheHead: See below under Unsportsmanlike Gloating.
* ATasteOfDefeat: Although Bugs dominates the fight for the most part, Toro does get in a few good shots of his own ([[BulletSeed some quite literally]]).
* ThisMeansWar: Quoted by Bugs when he is first attacked by Toro.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: ''Both'' combatants have a bad habit of indulging in this a little too soon.
-->'''Bugs''': ''[after tricking Toro]'' Hee hee hee...what a gulli-''bull!'' Hee hee hee...what a nin-''cow''-poop!\\
''[Toro, with his horns detached, bops Bugs on the noggin with a hoof, like a hammer.]''
* VisualPun: The end curtain, which covers up Toro's behind.
* WheelOFeet: Toro, basically, during any of his charges.
* WriterRevolt: [[invoked]] The reason the cartoon was made. Though it was {{justified|Trope}}, because, as writer Michael Maltese said, "Eddie's never been right before..."
* WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque: Bugs realizes he's screwed up as soon as he pops out of the ground.

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