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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coelho do Mississipi See more »

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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

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. The reason given was the short's potentially offensive depiction of African-Americans. 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: [firing guns wildly] I'm Colonel Shuffle - the rip-roarin'-est, gold-diggin'-est, sharp-shootin'-est, poker-playin'-est riverboat gambler on the Mississippi! Yahoo! Be thar anyone man enough to sit in a poker game with Colonel Shuffle? Well, be thar?
Bugs: [appearing in the hallway] There be.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt) (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Kingdom Coming
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aka "The Year of Jubilo"
Music by Henry Clay Work
Played when Bugs is touting Uncle Tom's Cabinet
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But black people WERE traditionally the ones who picked the cotton....?!
19 December 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I can agree that many of the cartoons that Warner Brothers pulled from circulation were quite racist, I think they made a big mistake in the case of "Mississippi Hare". First, I doubt if many people would in any way consider it racist--and I don't think we should always cater to those who the easily offended. Second, it is a pretty good cartoon and it's a shame to ban it (officially or unofficially).

The film is set in what appears to be the antebellum South. It begins with a black worker picking cotton and accidentally dropping Bugs Bunny into a hopper that then transfers him to a river boat. What, exactly, is racist about this? In those days and after, a huge majority of people working in the cotton fields WERE black Americans. Should they have made them white or green so as not to offend?! Plus, the person is just a person--no stereotypical facial features (or ANY) are seen--just a brown-skinned arm. My attitude about this is just get over it--it IS a part of our history, like it or not! As for what happens next, Bugs has a run in with Colonel Shuffle--a gambler who is angry Bugs beat him so badly at poker (or course, Bugs having six Aces might also have something to do with it). During the rest of the film, Bugs does he did best with Elmer or Yosimite Sam--he terrorizes the victim repeatedly for our viewing pleasure. It's all pretty funny--particularly the final line. My advice is to download it from archive.org--you're bound to enjoy it.


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