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Bugs must be some digger. He digs a hole through the earth and pops out
with his sun tan, lotion, bathing suit, beach umbrella, etc., thinking
he's reached his destination: Miami Beach.
Unfortunately, he's at the South Pole which he doesn't discover until he takes a plunge into the icy waters. Within seconds he almost gets run over by a little penguin whizzing by, followed by a huge Eskimo. Later, the little penguin comes by while Bugs is ready to go back in his hole and try again for Miami Beach. He dresses the penguin up with a top and tie to go with the rest of his looks. When Bugs dives back, the penguin follows. This happens several times. Apparently, he has made a new friend, but Bugs wants none of that. He boots the penguin down an icy sloop but watches as the Eskimo captures him in his burlap bag.
Oh, well, says Bugs, who walks back to his hole. "It's none of my business. I'm not my penguin's keeper." However, in a flash he pops back up, his conscience obviously getting the better of him, and goes back to rescue the little guy. Bugs stops for a second, turns to the camera and speaks to us: the audience, admonishing us for thinking Bugs wouldn't do the right thing!
Bugs then dons a disguise, gets the Eskimo's attention....and the chase is on. From that point on, there's some pretty funny stuff, visually and dialog-wise with Bug's wisecracks
Not the Danny DeVito penguin I assure you.
Bugs is on his way to Miami beach but, like usual, he cannot read a map to save his life (it must be kinda tough to do underground I guess) and ends up in the South Pole.
After inadvertently saving the life of a cute little penguin from an Eskimo hunter (in the south pole?) the penguin becomes too attached to Bugs to let him leave. Though Bugs cannot bear to look into the Penguin's sad little eyes he shoves him away to get back to his vacation to Miami.
Only the little Penguin falls right into the hands of the hunter again and Bugs must use his old tricks of outsmarting and extreme cunning to save his life again.
Funny? Yes. Cute? Yes. But still not as many laughs as you're used to getting from Bugs.
Having once again taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque, Bugs Bunny tunnels to Antarctica in this entertaining Chuck Jones short. The story has Bugs trying to help a little penguin being hunted by a very unpleasant Eskimo. The big selling point to this one is the adorable penguin, whose little waddle will make even the most cold-hearted among us smile. The scene where the penguin rescues Bugs from a fall is something only Chuck Jones could think of. There are laughs to be had, for sure, but this is one of those shorts that's heavy on the cute factor. The animation is great with well-drawn characters and backgrounds and nice colors. Carl Staling's music is lively and fun. Mel Blanc's voice work is flawless. It's a good cartoon but not something everybody will enjoy. If you don't like cartoons with cute characters like Tweety and Pussyfoot, you probably won't like this.
I have the "Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection" and this is one of many
cartoons in the set. However, before seeing this one in the set, I
can't recall having seen it for decades. IMDb explains that the way
that the Inuit native is shown in this one was seen as offensive--and
it was removed from circulation. Well, apparently it's not longer that
politically incorrect and was included in the set.
The film begins with a familiar scene--with Bugs tunneling to one place but ending up in another by mistake. While he's headed to Miami, somehow he's ended up near Antarctica (where there are NO Inuits!). Soon he sees a cute little penguin being chased by the hungry native and Bugs decides to intervene. However, he does NOT want to adopt a penguin and soon leaves the creature--but returns when the native is about to eat the bird. So, Bugs pulls out his usual set of tricks (including dressing up as a woman) and gets the better of the dumb Inuit hunter...who should be living near the Arctic!
As with any Bugs Bunny cartoon from this era, the animation is exceptional and the film is full of laughs.
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This Bugs Bunny short sees him getting some time off which he decides
to spend in sunny Miami Beach... but thanks to a wrong turn in
Albuquerque he ends up at the South Poll. He intends to turn round and
head back the way he came but after helping little penguin that is
being chased by an Eskimo hunter (presumably he took a wrong turn too!)
feels obliged to keep helping him. After the conflict with the hunter
we get a surprisingly funny and cute ending.
There are some fun gags here; Bugs dresses the penguin in a bow-tie and top hat which makes him even cuter; especially when he cries and his tears freeze into glittering ice crystals; Bugs disguises himself as a woman to distract the Eskimo, something he has done in other shorts but it is still funny and, a personal favourite; the moment the penguin saves Bugs as he and the Eskimo plunge downwards on a falling icicle in a way that I won't spoil. If there is a weakness it is the Eskimo; he just isn't funny... what Bugs does to him is funny but he isn't funny himself, despite this it is still worth watching if you are a Bugs Bunny fan.
Frigid Hare is another Bugs Bunny cartoon in which he should have taken a "left turn at Albuquerque" and ends up at the South Pole. It's here that he meets a little penguin who he saves from a hunter who wants to capture him. When he tries to get back to Miami Beach, however, the penguin wants to follow him. Bugs pushes him on his way but the little snow-bird ends up in the man's bag. So the rabbit now has to outsmart him...This is both a cute and funny cartoon made by a man who knows how to make that combination work: Chuck Jones. Supposedly, this cartoon was banned recently because of the way the man in this short was drawn and depicted in characterization. While there might some traces of a stereotype here, I don't think any harm was intended. Anyway, I highly recommend Frigid Hare. It's on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. 1.
Ahh, the first appearance of what has to be Warner Bros.'s cutest cartoon creation: the tuxedo-wearing penguin. Who can't help but gush when that adorable little bird stars crying ice cubes? Bugs takes yet another wrong turn at Albuquerque and ends up in the South Pole, just in time to save said-penguin from an eskimo. However, when he leaves the little penguin to continue his vacation, it gets caught by the same eskimo, and Bugs feels obligated to help out the poor little bird, even though it will no doubt cut into his vacation. I find it interesting that we never find out what the eskimo wanted the penguin for (we assume it's for food, but you never know). Though Bugs is up to his old tricks and gives us an impressive show, the star is still the little penguin. Warning: don't watch this if you have an thing against cuteness, or if the person next to you has a tendency to gush all over cute things ("Awww! I just wanna pinch his wittle cheekies!"); you'll get sick before the cartoon is over.
"Frigid Hare" probably seemed a little funnier before most people could have understood that it was making rather negative stereotypes about Eskimos ("Eskimo" isn't even the accurate name; they're called "Inuit"). Other than that, it's pretty funny as Bugs Bunny ends up in Antarctica ("I knew I shoulda taken a left toin at Albakoikee!") and has to protect a baby penguin from a hunter. Aside from the probably racist undertones, overemphasis on cuteness, and geographic inaccuracies - the Inuit live in the North Pole, not South Pole - it's a pretty funny short cartoon. Bugs does his usual stuff, and the last line would make anyone thank God for loopholes.
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. . . probably pushed FRIGID HARE to within a snowflake's width of making Looney Tune's infamous Censored Eleven an even dozen. FRIGID HARE opens with Bugs Bunny taking a wrong turn and burrowing to a vacation in the Arctic instead of his intended destination, Miami Beach. Bugs is greeted near the NORTH Pole by a penguin. Problem is, penguins are only found in Anarctica, near the SOUTH Pole, making for a flunking mark in Geography. Soon an Eskimo of the Arctic becomes the first of his tribe ever to capture a penguin. Only the Warner Loons have drawn this indigenous gentleman with the features of a Kenyan. Score an "F" for Anthropology, as well. Next, Bugs easily bamboozles this gentleman of uncertain race that he--Bugs--is of the female persuasion. There goes the possibility of the MPAA grading service awarding a passing letter for Heterosexuality, one of their most crucial subjects. Finally, this short was copyright in 1948, and Bugs says that though he has just four days left of his Warner Bros. Vacation Time, a quartet of six-month-long Arctic Days will stretch his idyll until July, 1953(?!). You know what this means: chalk up a zero for FRIGID HARE in Math, as well.
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Directed by Chuck Jones, with a passing reference made to Jack Warner,
"Frigid Hare" is a Warner Bros. cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and a cute
little penguin who wants to be his friend. Yes, the cartoon is funny in
certain places, but I am quite sentimental about that poor little
penguin, particularly when he reveals his sad face to Bugs. Of course,
it's also very pleasing to see the penguin smile and jump and clap his
Here are my favorite scenes from "Frigid Hare". When Bugs first arrives in Antarctica (believing it's Miami Beach) and takes a dive into the water, watch his reaction! Bugs is also quite funny in his sexy female Eskimo disguise (to the familiar musical accompaniment of "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby") as he whacks a lusty Eskimo in the face with a fish.
A helpless little penguin may not seem like much for Bugs Bunny to play off of, but Bugs establishes a friendship with the little tyke while still managing to give us a few laughs along the way.
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