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"If you're looking for fun--you don't need a reason. All you need is a gun--it's rabbit season!"

No, it's duck season. But Daffy Duck doesn't want Elmer Fudd to know it.

"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"; music by Harry Warren.

The Bugs/Daffy/Elmer series often has two characters in the same frame for a comparatively long time. To save money, most Warner Brothers cartoons cut back and forth between characters, rather than put two or more in the same shot.

Source: Michael Barrier, audio commentary, Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume One (2003) (V) Disc 1

See: Behind the Tunes: A Hunting We Will Go - Chuck Jones' Wabbit Season Twilogy (2005) (V), available in Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume Three (2005) (V) Disc 1.

Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid (1942). Bugs poses as a lady just out of the shower.

A Corny Concerto (1943). Bugs is a ballerina who slaps Porky for trying to look at his breasts.

Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips (1944). Bugs dresses as a Japanese lady to trick a sumo wrestler.

Hare Conditioned (1945). Bugs poses as a lady customer with a ticklish foot.

Hare Do (Jan. 16, 1949). Bugs dresses as an old lady.

Mississippi Hare (Feb. 26, 1949). Bugs plays a woman to trick Col. Shuffle, who soon sees through his disguise. Then, still in drag, Bugs enlists the help of a big, strong man to save him from the infuriated colonel.

Long-Haired Hare (June 25, 1949). Bugs dresses as a bobby-soxer to trick an opera singer into signing an autograph with a stick of dynamite.

Frigid Hare (Oct. 7, 1949). Bugs dresses as a lady Eskimo.

Which Is Witch (Dec. 3, 1949). Bugs puts dinner plates in his lips and a spring over his neck to disguise himself as a native African female.

Hillbilly Hare (Aug. 12, 1950). Bugs resembles Daisy Mae from the Li'l Abner comic strip when he dresses as a hillbilly girl.

Rabbit of Seville (Dec. 16, 1950). Bugs dresses as Elmer's "little seorita." (Later, Elmer gets in on the act and puts on a wedding gown.)

Rabbit Fire (1951). Bugs poses as an inept female hunter.

Rabbit Seasoning (1952). Elmer Fudd is hunting rabbits. But when Bugs emerges from his hole as a sexy woman, thoughts of hunting leave Elmer's mind. Meanwhile, Daffy is outraged that Elmer is falling "for that old gag."

Southern Fried Rabbit (1953). Bugs dresses as a Southern lady named Scarlett.

What's Opera, Doc? (1957). In this parody of Wagner, Bugs poses as Brunhilde to Elmer Fudd's Siegfried.

In some TV prints, we don't see the moments when Elmer shoots Daffy. Instead, we hear it over a still frame of Bugs, who is presumably observing the action. Then we cut back to Daffy with his beak out of whack.

In other prints, we don't see or hear the gunshots. We only see Daffy's blasted-off beak.

In other words, the timing, pace and comic effect is destroyed. All this mangling of a comic masterpiece is for the dubious purpose of sparing children the sight of cartoon gunfire blasting a cartoon duck. This great film should be shown often, as it is, and broadcasters should ignore the bleating of a very small but vocal group of scolds and prudes. (In some cases the broadcasters are only anticipating the complaints of the scolds and prudes, but never hear from them.)

Source: The Censored Cartoons Page


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