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Rhapsody Rabbit (1946)

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


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Complete credited cast:
Bugs Bunny / Coughing Audience Member (voice)


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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Release Date:

9 November 1946 (USA)  »

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Rhapsody Rabbit  »

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1.37 : 1
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Franz Liszt's 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody music was first used in 1941's Rhapsody in Rivets (1941) 5 to 6 years before Warner Bros versus M-G-M of Rhapsody Rabbit (1946) & The Cat Concerto (1947). See more »


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 »


Music by Euphemia Allen
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Syncopation animation.
24 July 2000 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

A ghoulish mixture of Liszt, murder, violence and carrots, 'Rhapsody Rabbit' is an exuberantly inventive Bugs Bunny cartoon which manages to explode the boundaries of its single setting. Bugs is a famed pianist, the kind of fastidious virtuoso you still find today, but worshipped in the 40s because arrogant eccentricity somehow signalled class. Having removed his many gloves, Bugs, a proto-Glenn Gould seats himself down in near-religious preparation, only to be interrupted by two loud coughs. He shoots the culpable party.

The film is full of gloriously unpredictable moments like this, helping it transcend the immediate object of satire, which has dated, now that Hollywood has given up as unprofitable the attempt to educate audiences in high culture. So Bugs interrupts his playing to chomp on a carrot, or play with his feet. One lovely sequence has him gathering all the keys and throwing them back in perfect rhythm. Like Fischinger's 'Allegretto', 'Rhapsody' is animated music, full of a strange, mercurial, yet elegant fluidity.

The centrepiece is a Tom-and-Jerry-like battle between Bugs and a small mouse who tries to undermine Bugs' pretensions, changing the solemn rhapsody for swing at one point. Despite the violence and disruption, conflict, as so often in music, leads not to chaos, but harmonic rapture. Freleng is no Tex Avery - his use of colour and camerawork is restrained - but the relative plausibility of his composition have a pleasure all of their own.

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