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Rebel Rabbit (1949)

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The signs indicate current bounty prices: $50 for a fox, $75 for a bear, only 2 cents for a rabbit. Bugs is insulted.

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Bugs Bunny / Postal Employee / Game Commissioner / Guard / Southern Senator (voice)
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When Bugs finds out that the bounty for rabbits is only two cents, he asks the bounty commissioner why. He's told that the bounty is so low because rabbits are harmless animals. Bugs decides to change that by being a national menace. Written by Ondre Lombard <olombard@lombard.cyberverse.com>

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Bugs Bunny: [after Bugs gives Manhattan back to the Indians] Eh, they wouldn't take it until I threw in a set of dishes.
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Lullaby of Broadway
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Hilarious McKimson cartoon
5 February 2005 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

'Rebel Rabbit' is one of the funnier Bugs Bunny cartoons, with an exciting and unusual climax. This toon is a splendid example of the work of Robert McKimson, the most underrated figure in American animation. McKimson's cartoons are always bright, visually attractive and (oh, yeah) funny ... far more so than the repetitive, predictable and pretentious offerings of the grossly overrated Chuck Jones. Some of McKimson's best cartoons, including 'Rebel Rabbit', are downright hilarious.

SLIGHT SPOILERS. In this toon, Bugs decides he's been taken for granted when a wildlife commissioner tells him that 'rabbits are timorous creatures'. Bugs straight away becomes a public enemy, launching a one-rabbit crime wave. The climax is very funny and also visually distinctive, as live-action combat footage is intercut with animation to show the human race putting aside its petty squabbles to exterminate Bugs Bunny. The fadeout line is hilarious.

Many of the old Warners cartoons had topical references that are now incomprehensible to the kids who watch these things on television. In 'Rebel Rabbit', Bugs has an encounter with a blowhard Southern politician who is clearly meant to be Senator Claghorn, the character from Fred Allen's radio show. During Bugs's crime wave, he saws off the entire state of Florida from the U.S. coast line, and then -- as the state floats out to sea -- Bugs cheerily urges 'South America, take it away.' In 1949, when this cartoon was made, that line was the title of a hit song performed by Betty Garrett in the musical 'Call Me Mister'.

Most blatantly topical is the cartoon's one unfunny sequence, when Bugs vandalises a park bench that bears the peculiar sign 'Reserved for Barney Baruch'. Why would a park bench be reserved for one particular person? In fact, this refers to Bernard Baruch, Franklin Roosevelt's financial consultant who gave press conferences in the park while he sat on a bench and fed pigeons. This unfunny gag could be scissored from the cartoon with no loss.

I'll rate 'Rebel Rabbit' 10 out of 10. Hurrah for Robert McKimson! What a shame that he didn't live long enough to correct some of the (shall we say) erroneous statements made by Chuck Jones.


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