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Rabbit Seasoning (1952)

Daffy Duck tricks Elmer Fudd into believing it's rabbit season; but Bugs Bunny uses a female disguise and faulty pronouns to fight back.


Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)


Michael Maltese (story)




Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Daffy Duck (voice)


Daffy Duck has signs hanging from every inch of every available tree announcing that it's rabbit season. But, you guessed it - it's really duck season. Elmer Fudd appears: he's the only hunter alive dumb enough to fall for the gag. He's even dumber than that. When Bugs Bunny strides up to him and asks how the rabbit hunting is going, Elmer admits that he hasn't seen a rabbit yet. This is more than Daffy can stand. He emerges from his hiding place and immediately points to a rabbit: Bugs Bunny. "Shoot him now!" Daffy screams. "You be quiet," says Bugs. "He doesn't have to shoot you now." Daffy insists that he does. After Daffy returns his blasted-off beak to his head, he is doomed to more arguments infected with "pronoun trouble" which all have the same result. Later, Bugs dresses as a sexy woman and flirtingly ask Elmer for a duck dinner. Will Daffy get the last laugh? "Ha, ha, very funny! Ha, ha, ha!" Written by J. Spurlin

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This cartoon was released the day before Chuck Jones' (the director's) 40th birthday. See more »


[first lines]
Daffy Duck: Awfully unsporting of me, I know, but what the hey, I gotta have some fun. And besides, it's really duck season.
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Alternate Versions

Most TV airings prior to Cartoon Network deleted the numerous scenes where Elmer blasts Daffy at point-blank range, resulting in the duck's beak being blown off. See more »


Referenced in Bugs Bunny: Lost in Time (1999) See more »


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Music by H.R. Bishop
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A Battle of Words
30 December 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Bugs Bunny almost always gets the last word, and this cartoon really promotes that. In this one, Daffy Duck has convinced Elmer Fudd it is rabbit season to deflect the fact that it is really duck season. Of course, he never has a chance against the clever rabbit. Since Elmer is no Rhodes Scholar himself, he falls for every verbal trap put forth and Daffy ends up paying for it with buckshot dismantling him. On several occasions, the clumsy hunter shoots the poor duck, usually rearranging his head in some way. There is the obligatory scene where Bugs dresses up as a Southern Belle and Elmer goes bonkers over him/her. Good animation. Nowadays, all the shooting and talk of death would never allow this to be shown to children the way it was in 1952.

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Release Date:

20 September 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Temporada de cacería de conejos See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,285, 16 February 1998

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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