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Rabbit of Seville (1950)

Bugs Bunny gives Elmer Fudd a close shave as they sing and act out Rossini's opera.


Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)


Michael Maltese (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny (voice)


Behind the Hollywood Bowl stage which is playing the opera, The Barber of Seville, Bugs Bunny flees into the backstage area with Elmer Fudd in close pursuit. Seeing his opportunity to fight on his terms, Bugs raises the curtain on Elmer, trapping him on stage. As the orchestra begins playing, Bugs comes into play as the barber who is going to make sure that Elmer is going to get a grooming he will never forget. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The title of the cartoon is a play on words for "The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution", an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The première took place on Wednesday 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome. See more »


When Bugs first appears as the barber, the shaving brush on his smock pocket disappears in some shots See more »


Elmer Fudd: Ooh, wait 'till I get that wabbit!
Bugs Bunny: [Disguised as a Spanish senorita] What would you want with a wabbit? / Can't you see that I'm much sweeter. / I'm your little señoriter. / You are my type of guy. / Let me straighten your tie. / and I shall dance for you.
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Alternate Versions

On ABC, some of Elmer's gunshots were deleted. Possible editing was also done to reduce the depicted violence in the scene of Bugs slashing Elmer's face with a razor. See more »


Edited into Fifty Years of Bugs Bunny in 3 1/2 Minutes (1989) See more »


Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Original Lyrics by Cesare Sterbini
Substitute lyrics by Michael Maltese
Sung by Mel Blanc (credited) and Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
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A Masterpiece

While chasing Bugs Bunny thru the mountains, Elmer and Bugs happen upon a concert performance of Rossini's opera 'Il barbiere di Siviglia'. Seizing the opportunity to cause major mayhem and trickery, Bugs hijacks the opera for his own wicked plans.

Now Bugs and Elmer are the stars of the show and pain, torture and humiliation come in that order. The animation, timing, music and editing are all absolutely perfect in this cartoon. Surely one of the finest Looney Tune efforts containing all the anarchy, madness and insanity they are famous for plus enough intelligence and cleverness to put a roomful of NASA experts to shame.

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Release Date:

16 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Hase von Sevilla See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,285, 16 February 1998

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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