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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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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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Connections

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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Banned Bunny?!
11 October 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I saw this cartoon many times growing up and I thought it was pretty funny. However, at the time, I didn't think much about the short segment where Bugs pretends to be a slave begging Yosimite Sam not to beat him!!! Talk about offensive--very offensive! But, at the time, many of us just didn't think about this. Apart from this one horrid scene, though, the rest of the cartoon is very, very funny and it's a darn shame that Time-Warner has chosen to shelve this cartoon due to the racially offensive theme. Instead, it might make a lot more sense to show it and include a prologue talking about the offensiveness of this and understanding the context for when it was made. Or (and I shudder to suggest it), just excise the tiny segment. Banning a cartoon just seems draconian and silly. If you can find it, give it a look--you can find it on Google if you type in "Bugs Bunny banned" and then clicking the video tab.


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