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Michael Maltese (story)
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7 June 1941 (USA) See more »
Bugs reads "Hiawatha" and winds up being hunted by him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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[DVD Review] The Maltese Falcon
 (From JustPressPlay. 24 October 2010, 2:45 PM, PDT)

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  (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
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #6745) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Great start from Friz Freleng!, 6 November 2001
Author: ( from Great Lakes

"Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" is Bugs Bunny's first film directed by Friz Freleng, and it's a wonderful sample of what Freleng would have in store for Bugs for the next 23 years.

Freleng already starts throwing a curveball into the standard Bugs formula by inserting Bugs into the story of Little Hiawatha. While there is not much difference in intelligence between Hiawatha and, say, Elmer Fudd, Freleng does a great job at making the new character look funny (particularly in Hiawatha's run, which causes him to trip over himself often).

Freleng also introduces a new traditional Bugs joke...having the wabbit climb into a boiling pot thinking it's a bathtub. This little sequence alone is also fun to watch, including the little puff of relaxing steam that comes out of Bugs' mouth once he gets both feet inside.

And although Bugs acts more confident in this picture than he has in the recent past, even he is not safe from foolish mistakes. At the end of one scene Bugs leaps into the air, intending to land into a rabbit hole, but just misses and smacks his head on the ground. He sheepishly crawls into the hole, looking apologetically at the audience. How can you not like this character??

Sadly, this cartoon is not seen often because it deals with a Native American character. But if you get the chance somehow, do sit down and watch this cartoon. It's one of the early Bugs' best.

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