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Southern Fried Rabbit (1953)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | 2 May 1953 (USA)
Bugs heads toward the record carrot crop in Alabama but runs into Colonel (Yosemite) Sam who is under orders to let no Yankee cross the Mason-Dixon line.

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This cartoon has not appeared unedited on American television for decades. The edited sequence shows Bugs Bunny trying to cross the Mason-Dixon line in black-face (brownface?). He sings two songs (the second of which, "Yankee Doodle", enrages Confederate Sam) then, placing a whip in the bewildered Sam's hand, Bugs acts as if Sam is going to beat him. Bugs then exits and re-enters as an indignant Abe Lincoln. Written by sndsfnny

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Conejo frito a la sureña  »

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The title refers the southern theme of the cartoon and the typical southern cuisine Southern Fried Chicken. See more »

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Bugs Bunny: I wonder why they... put the south so far south.
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References Dog Gone South (1950) See more »

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Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
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Music by Stephen Foster
[Plays when Bugs is disguised as Scarlett.]
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Uninspired but worth a look for the historical significance of one of the most offensive blackface gags ever!
9 January 2009 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Friz Freleng's 'Southern Fried Rabbit' is a cheap-looking, unimaginative Bugs Bunny/Yosemite Sam cartoon. Bugs reads of plentiful carrots to be had in Alabama and heads off to fill his boots, only to encounter Yosemite Sam who has sworn to prevent any Yankees from crossing the Mason Dixon line. There follows an uninspired series of gags, most of which involve Bugs disguising himself (including one of the most offensive blackface gags of them all, as Bugs impersonates a slave begging not to be whipped!). The whole set-up quickly becomes repetitive with neither character on great form but it does admittedly culminate in a funny climactic gag. This is a classic case of too little, too late, however, and 'Southern Fried Rabbit' proves to be a rather dull experience.


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