Bugs fights stereotyped Japanese during World War II.

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Bugs Bunny / Japanese soldiers / Sumo wrestler (voice)
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Bugs lands on a Japanese-held island. He tries to outsmart one Japanese soldier by dressing as Emperor Hirohito, but the soldier isn't fooled. He recognizes Bugs from his Warner Brothers films produced by Leon Schlesinger. Bugs has trouble with a tough sumo wrestler but is able to outwit him by dressing as a geisha. Bugs finally rids the island of Japanese by driving up in his ice cream truck (which plays music from The Magic Flute!) and selling each one an ice cream with a secret grenade surprise. Written by David Steele

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22 April 1944 (USA)  »

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When this cartoon was included onto a laserdisc boxed set and video collection in 1992, Japanese rights groups pressured MGM Home Video and Warner Home Video to pull the products off the shelves approximately a year and a half later. The laserdisc was reissued with another cartoon in its place. See more »

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Bugs Bunny: [singing] Someone's rocking my dreamboat...
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Featured in The Nostalgia Chick: Shorts: Der Fuhrer's Face (2012) See more »

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Die Walküre
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Music by Richard Wagner
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It depends on how you look at it
20 January 2010 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

There are two ways to look at "Bugs Bunny Nips The Nips". The first and most obvious is that it is an extremely racist cartoon, with the worst Japanese stereotypes (bad teeth, glasses, and acting crazy) and the attitude towards Japanese people (such as when Bugs Bunny starts referring to the Japanese as "Japs", "Monkey Face", and "Slant Eyes".

The other way to look at it is as a reflection of its time. You have to understand the United States was at war, and cartoons like this no doubt boosted the morale of both soldiers and the people in the home front. If you understand cartoons like this provided a need at one time, and that it was a reflection of the times, then it's a lot easier to watch. In fact, there are several non-racist gags in the cartoon that can be enjoyed. Some viewers may also find that the cartoon is so over the top in its depiction of the Japanese that they won't be able to take it seriously.

I don't think Warner Brothers should have withdrawn this cartoon. Certainly not market it to impressionable children, but marketing it towards mature adults (perhaps on a collection of the other withdrawn Warner Brothers cartoons) would probably result in healthy sales. Well, at least the cartoon is currently available on YouTube for those wanting to see it.


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