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Web Animation / Dear Rabbit

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Dear Rabbit (alternatively "Dear Rabbit,") is a short animation by Youtuber Frumpy Doggie. It uses the song "I Know I'm A Wolf" by The Young Heretics and takes the song's lyrics (which were originally metaphorical for an abusive relationship) literally.

The short begins with a wolf chasing down a rabbit in the snow. After the rabbit falls down, the wolf doesn't instantly kills it. It lays down next to it and contemplates what to do: It is interested in the rabbit for reasons beyond food, yet it has an instinct to kill rabbits. In the end, the wolf does kill the rabbit. It takes the rabbit's body into its den but doesn't eat it. The wolf simply stares sadly at the rabbit's corpse.

Dear Rabbit provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Gender: Neither the wolf or the rabbit are sexed in the short or by the artist.
  • Dies Wide Open: There is a Wham Shot of the wolf having bitten the rabbit's throat open, the rabbit's eyes still wide open. It's even more noticeable when the wolf takes the rabbit back to its den.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: See the Wham Shot entry.
  • Howl of Sorrow: The wolf gives one after it kills the rabbit.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Much of the reason why the wolf feels the way that they do, as they're a predator and, thus, does what a predator does. They're not happy with the idea and feel much remorse.
  • No Name Given: If the two characters even have names, they're never mentioned.
  • Predator-Prey Friendship: Cruelly subverted. The wolf wants to be the rabbit's friend, but it eventually gives into its killing instinct.
  • Snow Means Death: The wolf kills the rabbit in the wintertime.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Going by the lyrics, the wolf wishes it was vegetarian, however, being an obligate carnivore, it can't stop eating other animals.
  • Wham Shot: At 2:25-2:30, the wolf looks down at the rabbit with a vague expression, but the screen slowly warps and the rabbit looks more frightened. After a fade to black, it's shown that the wolf killed the rabbit after all.