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Mississippi Hare (1949)

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Cotton pickers mistake Bugs' tail for a ball of cotton and toss him in with the rest of the haul. On the riverboat Bugs takes on the gambler Colonel Shuffle.


(as Charles M. Jones)


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Complete credited cast:
Bugs Bunny / Southern Gentleman / Purser (voice)


Bugs accidentally stows away on a riverboat. After evading the ticket taker, he takes on gambler Colonel Shuffle. Bugs easily takes all his money, by out-cheating him at poker (he beats Shuffles 5 aces with 6). Shuffle challenges him to a duel, which of course Bugs thwarts. He treats Shuffle to a cigar, and after the inevitable explosion and blackface, does a quick dance to Camptown Races and escorts Shuffle into the Mississippi. Bugs sends Shuffle into the river again with a fake staging of Uncle Tom's Cabinet. Shuffle is dispatched once more up the ship's smokestack. Finally, Bugs in drag enlists the help of another Southern gentleman. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Release Date:

26 February 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coelho do Mississipi  »

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1.37 : 1
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Due to pressure from Warner Bros., this cartoon was one of 11 pulled from rotation by the Cartoon Network for its 2001 "June Bugs" marathon, which was to show the complete chronology of Bugs Bunny cartoons. This is in addition to the "Censored 11" that have been withheld from distribution since 1968. The reason given was the short's potentially offensive depiction of African-Americans. See more »


After Bugs is accidentally loaded onto the Souther Star, it is announced that the ship is sailing for Memphis, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Cucamonga. All but Cucamonga are located along the Mississippi River. Cucamonga is land locked town in Southern California. See more »


Col. Shuffle: Why did you dunk my poor old hide in Old Man River, when I bought a low seat?
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Referenced in The Simpsons: E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt) (1999) See more »


A Solid Citizen of the Solid South
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played when Bugs presents his ticket while dressed as a Southern gentleman
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Jones's take on Freleng's Bugs/Sam cartoons
9 January 2009 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Chuck Jones's 'Mississippi Hare' is a fun cartoon which never quite rises above merely good. Although it looks lovely (never more so than in its controversial opening scenes of the cotton fields), 'Mississippi Hare' feels like Jones's attempt to emulate Friz Freleng's Bugs Bunny/Yosemite Sam cartoons by way of a thinly veiled Southern version of Sam named Colonel Shuffle. This makes 'Mississippi Hare' seem like an unnecessary foray into imitation by one of the most inventive film makers of all time. Nevertheless, 'Mississippi Hare' moves at a fair lick and features some great gags amongst its more predictable moments. It doesn't scale the heights of Freleng's best Bugs and Sam cartoons but 'Mississippi Hare' is a fun, entertaining short nevertheless.

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