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Mississippi Hare (1949)

Cotton pickers mistake Bugs' tail for a ball of cotton and toss him in with the rest of the haul. On the riverboat Bugs takes on the gambler Colonel Shuffle.

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Southern Gentleman / Purser (voice)
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Storyline

Bugs accidentally stows away on a riverboat. After evading the ticket taker, he takes on gambler Colonel Shuffle. Bugs easily takes all his money, by out-cheating him at poker (he beats Shuffles 5 aces with 6). Shuffle challenges him to a duel, which of course Bugs thwarts. He treats Shuffle to a cigar, and after the inevitable explosion and blackface, does a quick dance to Camptown Races and escorts Shuffle into the Mississippi. Bugs sends Shuffle into the river again with a fake staging of Uncle Tom's Cabinet. Shuffle is dispatched once more up the ship's smokestack. Finally, Bugs in drag enlists the help of another Southern gentleman. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coelho do Mississipi See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Includes a rare scene where Bugs has 5 fingers: When he is rolling the coin across his hand at the first meeting of Colonel Shuffle. See more »

Goofs

After Bugs is accidentally loaded onto the Souther Star, it is announced that the ship is sailing for Memphis, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Cucamonga. All but Cucamonga are located along the Mississippi River. Cucamonga is land locked town in Southern California. See more »

Quotes

Col. Shuffle: If'n I had four feet and went "hee haw", what would I be?
Bugs: Why, you'd be a jackass.
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Connections

References Show Boat (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Merrily We Roll Along
(uncredited)
Music by Murray Mencher
Played when Colonel Shuffle asks Bugs for change of a ten spot
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Fun and beautifully animated if a little predictable- not racist!
3 August 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Mississippi Hare is not one of the greatest Looney Tunes cartoons, and Chuck Jones has done better and perhaps been more original. The story is rather predictable, Bugs disguising himself as a woman(southern belle here) has been seen many times though here it's still pretty amusing. However it didn't and doesn't deserve to be banned, the opening scene is stereotypical in a sense but as far as I'm concerned it wasn't racist(believe it or not black people did actually pick cotton). Much makes up for the story's predictability, for one thing it's always crisply paced and doesn't come across as dull. It's beautifully animated, bright and colourful with very well-rendered backgrounds and character designs. Carl Stalling's music is perfectly in sync with the action and is very characterful, the way the music is orchestrated also still impresses. The dialogue still maintains the freshness and wit you expect from Looney Tunes- who doesn't love the ending line?- while the gags are similarly funny, strictly speaking the one with Colonel Shuffle setting fire to his pants is hilarious. Bugs is still cunning and likable as well as smart and arrogant, while Colonel Shuffle is a fun foil, like the southern answer to Yosemite Sam. Mel Blanc's vocals are still nigh-on perfect, likewise with Billy Bletcher. Overall, fun, witty, well-voiced and beautifully animated and scored if a little predictable that was/is undeservedly banned. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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