Bugs lands on a Japanese-held island. He tries to outsmart one Japanese soldier by dressing as Emperor Hirohito, but the soldier isn't fooled. He recognizes Bugs from his Warner Brothers films produced by Leon Schlesinger. Bugs has trouble with a tough sumo wrestler but is able to outwit him by dressing as a geisha. Bugs finally rids the island of Japanese by driving up in his ice cream truck (which plays music from The Magic Flute!) and selling each one an ice cream with a secret grenade surprise.Written by
Due to pressure from Warner Bros., this cartoon was one of 11 pulled from rotation by the Cartoon Network for its 2001 "June Bugs" marathon, which was to show the complete chronology of Bugs Bunny cartoons. This is in addition to the "Censored 11" that have been withheld from distribution since 1968. This was most likely because the stereotypical portrayal of Japanese people. See more »
Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more through young adults eyes, due to having more knowledge of it, various animation styles, studios, directors and how it all works.
'Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips' is not one of Friz Freleng's best cartoons by any stretch, in a period where he had hit his stride and in one of his better periods. It is far from bad, but it's not one of Freleng's funniest, most imaginative, cleverest or wildest. He did do better than 'Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips' before, during this period and since, but it is a long way from a lesser effort. The presence of Bugs Bunny alone is enough to elevate the cartoon's quality.
It has been argued that some of the content is not for the easily offended. It is not hard to see why. It is stereotypical in its depiction of the Japanese and not in a subtle way and a way that is rather questionable and offensive. It is sometimes heavy-handed as well, an easy trap for "propaganda" cartoons and such and has been known to be fallen into.
Also it is a cartoon that is a product of its time and while interesting from a historical perspective, even when trying to judge it as that, it doesn't hold up so much now. The ending is a bit pat and silly. The story is slight and the pace is not always razor sharp.
However, Bugs shows why he is one of the best and most justifiably popular and famous characters in animation and ever, with such a great personality. The support character amuse sometimes.
The animation is bright in colour, fluid and rich in detail and smooth in movement and design. Ever demonstrating why he has always been my personal favourite of the Looney Tunes composers, Carl Stalling provides yet another energetically characterful, beautifully orchestrated and cleverly action-enhancing music score.
Furthermore, there is very amusing and witty dialogue. Same with the gags, there are many and they are funny, sometimes hilarious, clever and well animated but there are more hilarious and more inventive around. Mel Blanc's voice work is terrific as always.
Overall, a bit conflicted on 'Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips' but interesting and fun enough if not for the easily offended. 6/10 Bethany Cox
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