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Operation: Rabbit (1952)

Wile E. Coyote set up an elaborate scientific contraption to trap Bugs.


(as Charles M. Jones)





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Wile E. Coyote, nemesis of the Road Runner, makes the first of several attempts to use Bugs Bunny to satisfy both his craving for food and his mental craving for the thrill of capturing some helpless desert animal with an elaborate scientific contraption. Written by Anonymous

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19 January 1952 (USA)  »

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Operation Rabbit  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was also the first cartoon to put Wile E. Coyote against Bugs Bunny. See more »


Bugs Bunny: [Wile E. is setting up a pressure cooker on the entrance to Bugs' burrow] Eh, what's cooking, Doc?
Wile E. Coyote: Rabbit stew. Gad, I'm such a genius!
Bugs Bunny: Mmm, smells mighty good. But there's only one little thing wrong with it.
Wile E. Coyote: There is? What?
Bugs Bunny: No rabbit.
[Wile E. opens the pressure cooker and looks inside; Bugs kicks him inside, closes the cooker, grabs a club, and heads for the back door]
Bugs Bunny: [singing] I'm looking over, a three-leaf clover, that I overlooked bethree...
[Inside, he hits Wile E. over the head]
Wile E. Coyote: Well, back...
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Followed by Rabbit's Feat (1960) See more »


Oh, You Beautiful Doll
Music by Nat Ayer
Played when the mechanical rabbit walks off
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One of Bugs's Most Underrated Shorts
5 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After his failure to catch the Roadrunner in 1949's Fast And Furry-ous, Wile E. Coyote instead targets a new prey: Bugs Bunny. Unfortunately, his luck with catching Bugs isn't much better than it was with the Roadrunner three years earlier.

Although it's a little odd that Wile E. Coyote's sophomore cartoon was actually the first of five that paired him with Bugs Bunny (suggesting that Chuck Jones knew he had a popular character with Wile E. but wasn't quite sure of what to do with him after F&F), Bugs proves to be just as funny a foil for Wile E. as the Roadrunner was. In addition to discovering his name, we also discover Wile E.'s over-inflated ego. This, of course, is what ultimately does him in. The whole use of "modern science" to capture Bugs was a first at the time and a welcome departure from the usual "man with gun out to get Bugs" routine. Of course, the cartoon's novel presentation is put to good use with some very funny gags (my favorite being the mechanical bunny). Plus, at the end of the cartoon, we hear one of Bugs's most oft-quoted lines (which is already cited elsewhere on IMDb).

Overall, this is one of the funniest and most creative Bugs Bunny shorts ever released. It's a shame the remaining four cartoons couldn't quite live up to this one because, considering the potential the cartoon's formula had, Wile E. and Bugs could've easily become just as popular a pairing as Wile E. and the Roadrunner.

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