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The Adventures of the American Rabbit (1986)

To fight evil, a young rabbit can transform into a star spangled superhero.


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Cast overview:
Bob Arbogast ...
Theo / Penguin 2 (voice)
Tini Meeny (voice)
Rob / American Rabbit / Punk Jackal (voice)
Rodney / Penguin 3 (voice)
Lew Horn ...
Dip, Various Characters (voice)
Norm Lenzer ...
Bruno (voice)
Walt / Vultor (voice) (as Ken Mars)
Jackal Manager / Penguin 1 (voice) (as John Mayer)
Maitzi Morgan ...
Lady Pig (voice)
Lorenzo Music ...
Ping (voice)
Bunny O'Hare (voice)
Mentor / Marvin / Too Loose (voice)
Mother / Lamb (voice)
Fred Wolf ...
Fred Red (voice)


Rob Rabbit is a mild mannered rabbit with a great destiny. Whenever there is trouble, all he has to do is sprint to change into the star spangled superhero. Moving to the big city, he finds a job as a piano player in a nightclub that is harassed by a gang of jackals and their protection racket. Going on tour to raise money to oppose them, they are continually threatened by the gang. Against this, the American Rabbit must use all his power to protect them and stop the forces of evil Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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He's here to save the day!


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17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jenkki jänis  »

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1.85 : 1
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Final film of Bob Holt. See more »


Rodney: What's so important about this chocolate anyway?
Vultor: Oooh, that's such a good question, Rodney. But tell me, do you like chocolate?
Rodney: Well, yeah, sure. I like an occasional munch.
Vultor: You and everyone else. The whole world craves chocolate. And he who controls chocolate controls *everything*!
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Referenced in The Comix Scrutinizer: Down and Dirty Duck (2013) See more »


Minuet in G major (BWV Anh. 114)
Written by Christian Petzold/Johann Sebastian Bach
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No complaints from the Marxists, actually
12 June 2001 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

No one watching this film casually is going to find anything political about this movie. They'll just see it as a fun little superhero cartoon. But, after reading some reviews here, I decided to watch it again. I didn't see anything that would suggest putting the National Anthem into a cartoon, as one review suggested, or anything all that patriotic, for that matter. Surprisingly, this isn't anti-Marxist at all. If anything, it's pro-Marxist.

There's an early scene in which the characters organize a rally against the bad guys, and the scene, in a not-so-subtle way, suggests unionizing workers. The bad guys, led by a dude in a business suit, take over the city's supply of chocolate (controlling the means of production and what have you). I thought my idea that the shoe was Marxist was falling apart when one of the good guys said "I know people who can help us. Big, corporation guys!" Then, however, it turned out that the corporations were working for the bad guys!

My favorite Marxist moment comes early on, when the bad guys ask an "intellectual" for directions to the library. Her reply: "Turn left on McCarthy." It's a bit of a stretch, I know, but it's fun, and may even be intentional.

Of course, non-Marxists should still enjoy this movie, and there's no danger that it's going to make your kids into commies. While I for one found it to be, well, more pro-marxist than anti-marxist, it still isn't a political movie at all. An unfortunately overlooked picture. Not a masterpiece, but a fun movie for kids.

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