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Southern Fried Rabbit (1953)

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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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2 May 1953 (USA)  »

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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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Yosemite Sam: Well, it's one of our boys.
Bugs Bunny: [in blackface, shuffling along playing a banjo] The sun shines bright in my old Kentucky home...
Yosemite Sam: Hey there, boy. How about giving out with something peppy on that skin-box, huh?
Bugs Bunny: Ya, over. Yankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a pony...
Yosemite Sam: Yankee doodle? You traitor!
Bugs Bunny: [Hands Sam a whip] Don't beat me, Masser! Please don't beat me, Masser! Don't beat that tired old body! No, don't!
[Exits; returns disguised as Abraham Lincoln]
Bugs Bunny: What's this I hear about you whipping slaves?
Yosemite Sam: ...
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References Dog Gone South (1950) See more »

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You're in the Army Now
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the old version of the Civil War
8 January 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

"Southern Fried Rabbit" contains a scene that we probably wouldn't want to show nowadays: Bugs Bunny in black-face pretending to be a slave. But other than that, it's a really funny cartoon, as that carrot-chomping rascal ends up in Alabama and meets Yosemite Sam, a Confederate colonel under orders to kill Yankees. Sure enough, Bugs knows how to avoid getting hurt...especially if it involves Sam getting maimed.

So, if we can understand that the black-face scene (plus "war between the states", a pro-Confederate description of the Civil War) were pre-conscious manifestations of things, then this is one really hilarious cartoon. Another piece of classic animation. Abraham Lincoln would be proud.

I've long wondered how they were able to get the cross-dressing scenes past the censors.


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