Thursday, November 24, 2005

Witch Hazel's Which?

When I write "Witch Hazel", what character comes to mind for you? Maybe you're a TV-scorning hippie and immediately thought of the plant, but it's more than likely that you're picturing Bugs Bunny's green-skinned nemesis from the classic Warner Brothers cartoons. I mean, I did put her picture right here, so it's more than likely. But seriously... those original shorts,'Bewitched Bunny'(1954), 'Broom-Stick Bunny'(1956), and 'A Witches' Tangled Hare'(1959) by Chuck Jones (whom I've praised here before) are still seen often enough on TV and DVD, making this Hazel a likely candidate for 'most popular'. But she isn't the first popular Witch Hazel. In fact, she's not even the first, famous animated Witch Hazel. That would be the Disney version.