Daffy is an agent representing Sleepy Lagoon trying to sell him to talent scout Porky. Daffy spends a great deal of time and energy explaining and demonstrating what the kid can do, while the kid sits on a couch licking a giant sucker.
Relaxing with a carrot at an army air field, Bugs is reading "Victory Through Hare Power," and scoffs at the notion of "gremlins," little creatures who wreak havoc on planes with their "dia-bo-lickal sabo-tay-gee." His reading is interrupted by a clanging sound, and it turns out to be a little wing-headed being pounding on a bockbuster bomb with a mallet. Written by
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In the early 1940s Walt Disney was developing a feature film based on Roald Dahl's book "Gremlin Lore", and asked the other studios to refrain from producing gremlin films. While most of the studios complied, Warner Bros. already had two cartoons too far into production - this cartoon and Russian Rhapsody (1944). As a compromise, Leon Schlesinger re-titled the cartoons to remove any reference to gremlins. The original title was "Bugs Bunny and the Gremlin". See more »
Hey, I bet that was a... Say, do you think that... Hey, could that have been a... gremlin?
[shouting directly into Bugs' ear]
IT AIN'T WENDELL WILLKIE!
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Bugs isn't a believer in Airplane Gremlins and denies this little creature's existence. Of course, a miniscule Gremlin shows up and proves to outwit, outsmart AND outmatch the normally cool and collected Bugs. The Gremlin literally beats the crap out of him--Bugs gets hit, and I mean really, powerfully *HIT*! The Gremlin tricks him several times, and goads and teases him. The sight gags are hilarious and amazing--a standout is an infuriated Bugs attempts to force his way out of the airborne plane to get to the Gremlin.
The great Bob Clampett (with writer Foster) took a huge risk in altering and reversing Bugs' behavior, demeanor and psychological profile for this short. If you thought Bugs Bunny was the usual brave, clever, and witty rabbit in all of his shorts, then you will see the exact opposite in this one. His strength in his beliefs proved to be his weakness and the Gremlin took advantage of that. Therefore, Bugs is portrayed as completely irrational, scared, and unintelligent. The only positive thing he does do--save the plane from crashing into a building--came from his survival instincts. That's what makes this an awesome cartoon. You have to see it to believe that Bugs Bunny is not infallible.
"WHAT AM I DOING!!!!!?????"--Bugs Bunny
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