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Southern Fried Rabbit (1953)

Bugs heads toward the record carrot crop in Alabama but runs into Colonel (Yosemite) Sam who is under orders to let no Yankee cross the Mason-Dixon line.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Yosemite Sam (voice)
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Storyline

This cartoon has not appeared unedited on American television for decades. The edited sequence shows Bugs Bunny trying to cross the Mason-Dixon line in black-face (brownface?). He sings two songs (the second of which, "Yankee Doodle", enrages Confederate Sam) then, placing a whip in the bewildered Sam's hand, Bugs acts as if Sam is going to beat him. Bugs then exits and re-enters as an indignant Abe Lincoln. Written by sndsfnny

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conejo frito a la sureña See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title refers the southern theme of the cartoon and the typical southern cuisine Southern Fried Chicken. See more »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: [Disguised as a Southern belle] Oh, it's one of our boys.
Yosemite Sam: Sorry, Scarlet, ma'am. Sorry to have to intrude, but there's a Yankee about.
Bugs Bunny: Oh! A Yankee? How terrible!
Yosemite Sam: I'm afraid I'll have to search your premises.
Bugs Bunny: [Standing in front of a door] He's not in here! He's not in here!
Yosemite Sam: Aha! So that's where he's hiding! Sorry, Scarlet, ma'am, but I have to do my duty. Okay, Yankee! Stick 'em...
[Opens door, a cannon fires on his face]
Yosemite Sam: ... up.
Bugs Bunny: [Standing in front of another door] He's not in here! He's not in ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Scenes of Bugs Bunny disguised as a runaway slave edited from most television versions, due to ethnic stereotyping. See more »

Connections

Featured in Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Old Folks at Home
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
[Plays when the Mason Dixon Line is shown.]
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Uninspired but worth a look for the historical significance of one of the most offensive blackface gags ever!
9 January 2009 | by phantom_tollboothSee all my reviews

Friz Freleng's 'Southern Fried Rabbit' is a cheap-looking, unimaginative Bugs Bunny/Yosemite Sam cartoon. Bugs reads of plentiful carrots to be had in Alabama and heads off to fill his boots, only to encounter Yosemite Sam who has sworn to prevent any Yankees from crossing the Mason Dixon line. There follows an uninspired series of gags, most of which involve Bugs disguising himself (including one of the most offensive blackface gags of them all, as Bugs impersonates a slave begging not to be whipped!). The whole set-up quickly becomes repetitive with neither character on great form but it does admittedly culminate in a funny climactic gag. This is a classic case of too little, too late, however, and 'Southern Fried Rabbit' proves to be a rather dull experience.


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