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Transylvania 6-5000 is a 1963 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble. Bugs Bunny is burrowing through the ground, aiming to get to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Instead, he ends up smashing headfirst into a gnarled tree, on which is displayed a location sign: "Pittsburghe, Transylvania."

As he emerges from his hole, Bugs notices a two-headed vulture (Agatha and Emily) and asks them for directions. Since they seem more concerned with making a meal out of him, he goes over to the old castle—which he mistakes for a hotel—in the distance.

At the castle, Bugs meets a vampire who introduces himself as Count Bloodcount. Though Bugs is only looking for a telephone, Bloodcount insists that he rest up at the castle before making his call.

While he is still as much a Karmic Trickster as ever, Bugs is portrayed as unaware of the reality of his current surroundings and easily taken advantage of at the start.

Should not be confused with the 1985 film of the same title.



  • Accidental Hero: At first Bugs is unaware that Count Bloodcount is out to get him, but also unwittingly thwarts him just by chanting the magic words he learned in a Spell Book (Magic Words and Phrases).
  • Affably Evil: Agatha and Emily act polite and friendly to Bugs, even though they are talking about eating him.
  • Batman Gambit: While he doesn’t appear fully aware of the true nature of the female two-headed vulture, Bugs does use it to his advantage once he’s converted Count Bloodcount into their Spear Counterpart.
  • By the Power of Grayskull! Hocus Pocus! Abracadabra! Abraca-pocus! Hocus-cadabra! Newport News! (Transformation into Witch Hazel.) Walla Walla Washington! (Male equivalent of Agatha and Emily.)
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Count Bloodcount, still in the form of a bat, is all the way out of the top window of the castle—and directly over a moat—when Bugs makes his Hocus Pocus incantation and reconverts him to human form. Going down!
    • The hilarious part of this scene is that, unlike the vast majority of long distance falls in Looney Tunes, (1) you can see Count Bloodcount flailing around as he falls into the moat, and (2) the Bomb Whistle sound has been replaced by something more comically ominous. The distinct impression is that he's thinking "Wait, WHAT?"
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  • Magic Duel: Count Bloodcount ("hocus pocus") and Bugs ("abracadabra").
  • Multiple Head Case: Agatha and Emily, and Count Bloodcount after Bugs turns him into their Spear Counterpart.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Count Bloodcount is able to turn into a bat by saying (or hearing) the phrase "Abracadabra." Saying or hearing "Hocus Pocus" changes him back.
  • Pun-Based Title: Of the Glenn Miller song "Pennsylvania 6-5000," and one of the few with no references to any Bunny Tropes.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Bloodcount is only too happy to play along when he learns that Bugs is looking for a hotel, and a telephone to reach his travel agent.
    Bloodcount: Sleep first, telephone tomorrow. Rest is good for the blood!
    Bugs: (yawns) Well, I am a little fatigued. (pronounces it "fati-GUED")
  • Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: Bugs is digging to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but ends up in Pittsburghe, Transylvania. At least they sound alike.
  • You Wouldn't Hit a Guy with Glasses?: After Bugs turns into a baseball bat, Count Bloodcount puts on glasses and says this phrase. One guess as to how Bugs answers him.

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