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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

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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Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(uncredited)
aka "Dixie"
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Sung by a vocal group at the beginning
Variation played when Colonel Shuffle chases Bugs into the boiler room
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one of Bugs's trips down south
8 July 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I understand that "Mississippi Hare" got censored for showing black people picking cotton, but most of the cartoon has nothing to do with that. In fact, most of the cartoon nearly made me die laughing, as Bugs Bunny plays every kind of trick to avoid getting shot by an aggressive riverboat gambler whom he beats at poker. While some scenes set up what's about to happen, others are sped up so that you can't wait to see what's going to happen! Yes, once again, someone tries to go after Bugs, but Bugs is somehow always ten steps ahead. You gotta love it. And as for that scene where Bugs dresses up as a Southern belle...well, seeing a woman like that, I might have easily fallen for any trick!


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