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Southern Fried Rabbit (1953)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Family, Short  |  2 May 1953 (USA)
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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 »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: What's the hassle, Schmasel?
Yosemite Sam: My orders from General Lee is to hold the Mason-Dixie line, and no Yankees are crossing it.
Bugs Bunny: General Lee? Why, the War between the States ended almost 90 years ago.
Yosemite Sam: I'm no clock watcher.
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Referenced in The Rebel Without Claws (1961) See more »

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You're in the Army Now
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Music by Isham Jones
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Apart from one gag that doesn't work, Southern Fried Rabbit is great...
22 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

That is my opinion of course. I do agree that the gag with the slave doesn't work at all and is rather offensive, but other than that I enjoyed Southern Fried Rabbit and don't get why it is banned when there have been more offensive stuff in animation and elsewhere. The rest of the gags are very clever and funny, especially the ending, the gag with the bomb and the rest of Bugs' other guises. The dialogue is fresh and witty. The animation is what you'd expect for a Looney Tunes cartoon, lavish colouring and fluid, detailed backgrounds. The music and sound effects have always added much to the cartoon and the quality of the humour, and Southern Fried Rabbit with its energetic orchestration and hummable songs is no exception to that. Bugs is characteristically arrogant and intelligent, and while Sam is not as greedy as in other collaborations he is still amusingly abrasive and relishes his "I hate you rabbit". Mel Blanc's vocal characterisations are superb. Overall, one poor gag is still not enough to dismiss a funny and underrated short. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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