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Rhapsody Rabbit (1946)

When Bugs attempts to perform Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody, he is troubled by a mouse.

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Bugs Bunny is a concert pianist. On his big night he sits to deliver Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody but must overcome a cougher in the audience, distractions in his sheet music, hunger pangs and a troublesome musical mouse living somewhere within in his grand piano. Written by bob the moo

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Long-standing controversy exists between this film and the Tom & Jerry short, The Cat Concerto (1947). Both sides (WB & MGM) claim that theirs was the original, and the other was a rip-off. Nobody knows for sure who is correct and it is, of course, entirely conceivable that the similarities are so coincidental. An additional fact: The music was used & played earlier, in Rhapsody in Rivets (1941). See more »

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Bugs Bunny: [the phone rings in the middle of the piece, Bugs picks it up] Eh, what's up, Doc? Who...? Franz Liszt? Never heard of him... Wrong number.
[Hangs up]
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Edited into Bugs Bunny Superstar (1975) See more »

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Largo al factotum
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From "The Barber of Seville"
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
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Not really Bugs Bunny's usual style but very funny
15 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bugs Bunny is a concert pianist (I said pianist). On his big night he sits to deliver Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody but must overcome a cougher in the audience, distractions in his sheet music, hunger pangs and a troublesome musical mouse living somewhere within in his grand piano.

Although this doesn't feature Bugs in the form that I'm used to him (trickery and fooling people) this is still a funny short. The plot makes plenty of imaginative little gags and never runs out of steam. The music is very good and was clearly played by a skilled pianist - it's a shame that Bugs stops us seeing how fast the real pianist's fingers move. The mouse is a good character but it is really Bugs that carries the short.

It could easily have been any character in the lead role, but Bugs brings history and weight to the role so it is more than just a lot of piano gags. He delivers the gags well and he interacts well with the audience and the mouse. The animation is not as good as it could have been but there is nothing specifically wrong with it - the same stage and single piano means that it doesn't need a great amount of effort to make it look good.

Overall this is a short with a nice simple plot that never leaves the boundary of the piano but still manages to have lots of imaginative gags from that one single device. Great music and funny delivery make for a great cartoon.


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