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Release Date:
7 June 1941 (USA) See more »
Bugs reads "Hiawatha" and winds up being hunted by him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Thoroughly enjoyable, even if Freleng and Bugs have done better See more (10 total) »


  (in alphabetical order)

Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Hiawatha (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Friz Freleng  (as I. Freleng)
Writing credits
Michael Maltese (story)

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Gil Turner .... animator
Richard Bickenbach .... animator (uncredited)
Gerry Chiniquy .... animator (uncredited)
Cal Dalton .... animator (uncredited)
Robert Givens .... character designer (uncredited)
Manuel Perez .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
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8 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (PCA #6745) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Due to pressure from Warner Bros., this cartoon was one of 11 pulled from rotation by the Cartoon Network for its 2001 "June Bugs" marathon, which was to show the complete chronology of Bugs Bunny cartoons. This is in addition to the "Censored 11" that have been withheld from distribution since 1968. The reason given was its purportedly offensive depiction of Native Americans.See more »
Hiawatha:I'm gonna catch me a rabbit, and I'm a-gonna put him in this pot. This pot right here. Yeah-uh-yeah! Yeah-uh-yeah! That's JUST what I'm gonna do!See more »
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Thoroughly enjoyable, even if Freleng and Bugs have done better, 26 October 2012
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I have loved Looney Tunes since childhood, and to this day I really like, love even, a vast majority of the cartoons. Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt is not one of the best, nor is it one of my least favourites. The story is on the routine side, and there are stereotypes that are far from subtle that you can understand why some will be offended. These aside, there are many reasons to like about Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt. The animation is just great, with lots of colour and fluidity. The character designs are also well done, though I do prefer Bugs' look later on. The music is lively and beautifully orchestrated, bringing an infectious energetic flavour to the proceedings. The cartoon is crisply paced, has some witty dialogue and some clever gags such as Bugs climbing into the boiling pot mistaking it for a bathtub, very Bugs Bunny behaviour but you love him for it. The scenes on the river and the poetic beginning and end are delightful too. Bugs is great here, smart, arrogant and still likable. I do like that when he does make mistakes and I think he makes at least one in every cartoon he's made while perhaps not learning from them he at least realises he makes them. Mel Blanc's voice work is impeccable, no surprises there. Overall, not one of Freleng's(a promising start by the way) and Bugs' very best but an interesting and enjoyable cartoon regardless of whether it was banned or not. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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