Thanks to the marvels of the modern world, and in spite of the apathy of a major movie company, I've now seen Buster's Directorial Debut, so I thought I'd review it for those who haven't seen it.
The story starts in Acmewood, at a studio lot that looks a lot like another company famous for it's water tower, (among other things.) We arrive at Stage B, which has the words "for Bunny" scrawled across the front in cheap red spray paint. Inside an announcer introduces "that Emmy award winning rabbit, Buster Bunny!" who we find sitting in the director's chair.
He welcomes us, and then informs us that he's about to direct, "Furrball on the Roof." The clapboard claps, and we see Furrball on the set roof, who seems quite happy with the role, and then begins to play his tail as though it were a violin.
The first scene doesn't last more than a few seconds before it's interrupted by Babs powerwalking through the set. Buster yells, "Cut!" and asks Babs what she's doing. She tells him she watched yesterday's show and thought she looked like a blowfish, so she's trying to loose a few pounds to save her career. She then decides that Buster is just as flabby as she is, (She said it, not me!) and drags him into a nearby forest backdrop where they both begin powerwalking.
Buster laments that he's not getting his show made, but Babs is unsympathetic. As they march deeper into the unfamiliar forest Buster begins leaving a trail of breadcrumbs behind him. The crumbs are of course eaten a short time later by Sweetie, who asks the audience, "Whatd'ya expect on my salary? A girl's gotta eat!"
Next we hear Babs panting as she collapses on the ground from exhaustion. A wristwatch appears out of nowhere on her wrist and she looks at it in relief, declaring that it's lunch time. The watch then disappears as mysteriously as it arrived, vanishing into nothingness. She's not happy when Buster announces that all he has to eat is a now empty box of breadcrumbs.
Babs dramatically declares that she's "Fading, fading, fading!" and falls down again, to which Buster responds that they've only been gone 3 minutes. Just then, Babs catches a scent with her nose and runs towards the source. As she parts some tall grass, she spies a house apparently made entirely out of carrot cake, and carelessly runs towards it, totally missing the name on the mailbox, "Sandy Witch."
Reaching the house she grabs a big chunk of it and begins noisily chewing. Buster rushes over and tells her she can't just eat someone else's house. "Thank you, Miss Manners!" she replies, testily, just as the door to the house opens and we see a sweet, innocent looking girl appear.
She greets the bunnies, asks them if they're lost, and tells them that she was just sitting down for a bite, asking if they'd like to join her. When Babs sees and smells a large carrot cooking over a fire, she floats right in and makes herself at home.
Sandy tells Buster, "I live to serve
bunnies, and they both go inside. Sandy cuts some slices off the carrot and gives them to Babs, who makes quite a pig of herself with more noisy chewing. Sandy then asks Buster, "Can I fix you... a plate?" while holding a large meat cleaver.
Buster declines, saying he needs to get back because he's behind schedule and probably over budget. He turns and opens a door, which turns out to be a closet containing a broom and a witch's cape and hat. A thunderbolt crashes inside the closet as he sees them, and it sets him on edge. He turns back to Babs to see Sandy approaching her with the cleaver, smashing it down on the table to cut another carrot, and he starts to mildly panic. Babs, meanwhile, is completely engrossed in eating her carrot, and doesn't notice Sandy now reading a book entitled, "How to Cook Rabits" Not very subtle there.
Buster grabs Babs and drags her out of the room, intending for them both to leave, but it's now storming outside. Babs refuses to go out in the rain and decides that they should stay because she's always wanted to stay at a romantic country inn. She points back into the other room which contains a cozy fire and plush furniture. Buster tries to tell Babs that Sandy is a witch, but Babs slams the door in his face. When Buster opens the door to follow her, the scene has suddenly changed into a spa.
Babs is now sitting in the spa, surrounded by three hunky guys while she's on the phone. When she sees Buster enter she asks him if he'd like to talk to Harriet. Looking back into the other room, Buster sees Sandy preparing another carrot, this time with a magic dust as an extra ingredient. He freaks out again, grabs Babs, and tries to leave. He's stopped by Sandy, though, who offers them both a snack. Buster tries to stop Babs, but it's too late and she's already grabbed a carrot and dug in. A moment later, she's been transformed into a cute little white, lop-eared rabbit.
Sandy just laughs and transforms herself into her true witchy form.
Buster panics again and bolts from the scene, leaving poor Babs behind.
In the next scene, probably after a commercial break, Babs has been put in a cage. Sandy declares that she's going to go catch Buster, because she needs two rabbits for her "two rabbit stew."
Just then the doorbell rings, so Sandy goes to answer it. At the door, Buster is dressed like a salesman and offers her a vacuum cleaner.
She declines, but Buster persists, giving her his best sales pitch. He demonstrates several of its features, and forces his way in to the house to show the "locksmith" feature. He turns the vacuum on and proceeds to suck the lock right off of Babs' cage. He tells her to run for her dear little life, but Babs merely proceeds to grab Buster's hat and eat it, ruining his disguise.
Buster runs from Sandy, leaving Babs behind again, while Sandy chases him on a magic vacuum cleaner. Buster escapes by running through the bottom half of a split door, while the witch crashes into the top half. Buster declares that you can't outsmart a rabbit, but the witch responds by summoning many more vacuum cleaners, all of which begin chasing Buster. He runs until he comes to another split door, and casually closes the bottom half this time, then stands and waits for the witch to arrive. Having learned nothing from the first time, the witch crashes into the bottom half this time, even though the top is wide open.
The vacuum cleaners that were right behind her can't stop, and run into her, turning into little dustbusters, all yipping and whining on the ground like hurt puppies. Buster then pulls down a chart to inform us that the first recorded occurrence of that gag was by "Chuckles Bones" in 1954.
The witch is not impressed, and continues chasing Buster on another vacuum. Buster runs, and circles back to Babs, who's still in the cage. He implores her to do one of her impressions, hoping it will snap her out of being a real rabbit, but she just yawns cutely and ignores him, then sucking on the water bottle attached to the cage.
The witch and the dustbusters catch up to Buster, but he diverts them by pointing out a large clump of dust in a corner of the room. They swerve to get it, crashing and sucking up the witch in the process. Buster uses the opportunity to finally get Babs out of the cage, picking her up by her ears.
Now the witch has had enough, breaks herself out of the vacuum cleaner bag, and shouts the spell, "Hocus pokus, Hewey, Dewey! Turn these rabbits into chopped suey!" She fires a blast of magic at various items in her kitchen, including knives, pans, and anything else not nailed down. Buster sees everything coming towards him, and dashes out of the way just in the nick of time.
The knives and other items impact the wall where he was, leaving a rabbit shaped pattern. Buster then runs down a well marked dead end hallway, (Seriously. It has a sign.) and the witch corners him.
He drops Babs and looks for something to help him. On the wall, he sees a glass case marked, "In case of emergency, break glass." He figures this qualifies as an emergency, and breaks the glass. Inside is a box of magic dust. He pours some out into his hand and rolls it into a ball, thanking the lazy writers for the gift. He then throws the ball at the witch and hits her, turning her into a fish in a glass bowl. He makes a stupid joke about a "Fish Sandy Witch", and then he and Babs leave the house to go back to the studio. However, Babs is still a normal rabbit, so Buster remarks that at least it'll be quiet on the set.
Back at the sound stage, Buster sets Babs down, pats her on the head, and shoos her off while he returns to directing.
Just as things get started again, though, Plucky interrupts, protesting about making a musical with a cat that can't even talk.
He hits the set, causing it to collapse, and demands a rewrite. Buster grabs the script from Plucky and storms off, down some stairs, and to a dark chamber far beneath the stage to where he and an anvil rewrite the script.
Buster throws the new script at Plucky, who reads the title, "Ducklahoma, starring Plucky Duck", and is thrilled, not bothering to read the rest of it. The rest of the episode is a rough parody of "Oklahoma", which probably no kids, and few adults, would understand. Plucky starts out singing on the back of a horse, but with his first line, "Oh what a wonderful anvil!" an anvil drops out of the sky and hits him in his open mouth.
Plucky protests to Buster, saying the story seems familiar. Buster assures him that it has "Emmy" written all over it and proceeds to show Plucky a copy of the script with the word "Emmy" written on it many times. Plucky is convinced, and goes back to the song, which happens to be all about anvils, which repeatedly drop on him as he sings. Plucky protests again, but Buster sweet talks him and Plucky goes back in.
In the next scene, Plucky rides into town on his horse and approaches Shirley, who's in the process of churning butter.
He asks her to a dance, but Hamton objects, and says she's going with him.
After a short song, Plucky resolves the situation by dropping an anvil on Hamton, which Plucky thoroughly enjoys, only to be smashed himself a moment later.
Elmyra enters the scene and offers to take Hamton to the dance, but her turns her down, saying that where she goes, anvils follow.
Elmyra whines the she always picks the wrong guys, and Shirley joins Elmyra in the beginning of another song, but Plucky stops them, saying that every time there's a song, he gets pulverized. He runs and apologizes to Buster, begging to let someone else get hit with the anvils. Buster takes pity on him and cues Elmyra's song, in which she dances and sings that she just can't avoid anvils. In the process of the song, many anvils rain down on her.
At the end of Elmyra's song, Plucky, Shirley and Elmyra surround Hamton and convince him to let Plucky take Shirley to the dance while he takes Elmyra. He asks why he should do that, and Plucky tells him it's because then they can cut straight to the finale and get the show over with. Hamton decides that's a good idea.
The finale involves a big musical number by the four of them, in which all of them, even Shirley, get flattened by anvils many, many times.
At the end of the number Buster praises himself, saying how gifted he is, while the others pry themselves out from under the massive anvils. When Plucky gets himself free, he tells Buster that, speaking of gifts, he and the cast got Buster a gift. Buster says he doesn't deserve it, but Plucky assures him that he does, as he kicks a lever with his foot. A dark shadow falls over Buster, and grows larger, as the sound of a falling anvil is heard. Just as you think it's about to hit, though, the anvil lands on Plucky instead.
After the scene irises out, Babs hops onto the black screen and Buster leaps in, saying he forgot something.
He pulls out the box of magic dust from earlier and sprinkles it on Babs, who transforms back to her normal toon self. Babs isn't too happy with him, though, and starts yelling at him for leaving her like that, while seemingly getting ready to kick him where it hurts.
Buster quickly defuses her by telling her she's lost weight and that she looks great. Babs just laughs and then it irises out again, this time to white, as Buster says, "Whatd' ya want? I'm a director. I'm supposed to shmooze."