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Western Animation / All This and Rabbit Stew

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Seriously, what's up with this cartoon, Bugs?!?

"All This And Rabbit Stew" is a 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon short starring Bugs Bunny. It's notable for being one of the four Bugs Bunny cartoons directed by Tex Avery and being such a controversial racially offensive cartoon that it is included on the Censored Eleven list, a list of 11 Looney Tunes cartoons banned from being distributed or broadcast in the USA, and is also one of the 12 Banned Bugs Bunny cartoons.

The plot features Bugs Bunny being hunted by a slow-witted Afro-American hunter who is a hodge-podge of every possible stereotype associated with black Americans at the time. As a result its nowadays perhaps more notorious for the controversy than for its artistic merits.

The scene where Bugs fools the hunter with a hollow log over a cliff was re-used in the Bugs Bunny cartoon "The Big Snooze", only with Elmer Fudd used instead.


Should not be confused with the 1950 Terry Toons cartoon short of the same name.

This cartoon has examples of:

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Bugs interrupts the iris near the end and glances at the audience after presenting the leaf to them.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Bugs imitates the hunter's drawl after taking all his clothes.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: The hunter chases Bugs into a dark cave. Only their eyes are visible as the hunter confronts what he thinks is Bugs, but then Bugs' eyes appear behind the hunter. Turns out the hunter was attacking a bear, and when he finds out, he becomes a fireball as he speeds out of the cave.
  • Expy: The black hunter is clearly based on Lincoln Perry's infamous "Stepin Fetchit" character.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: When the cartoon irises out Bugs interrupts it briefly.
  • The Gambling Addict: The hunter drops everything for a game of craps, which was stereotypical behavior attributed to blacks at the time.
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  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: The hunter unknowingly runs off a cliff, before realizing there is nothing beneath him, then falling down.
  • Instant Bandages: The hunter appears all bandaged up after falling off the cliff.
  • Iris Out: When the cartoon irises out on the naked hunter Bugs keeps it from doing so, just to grab the leaf away from his crotch.
  • Jive Turkey: The hunter speaks in Afro-American jive.
  • Magic Bullets: They chase Bugs in all kinds of impossible directions until they are finally scared off by the sight of a skunk.
  • Matchlight Danger Revelation: The hunter lights a match inside the cave and discovers a bear facing him.
  • Metaphoric Metamorphosis: When the hunter realizes he is been fooled we see him transform into a literal sucker for a moment.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The hunter loses all his clothes in a dice game and stands butt naked in front of the audience, except for a clover leaf.
  • National Stereotypes: The Afro-American hunter is depicted as being dim-witted, slow, big lipped, speaks in jive and is obsessed with playing dice games.
  • No Name Given: The hunter is never given a name.
  • Portable Hole: Bugs is able to move his burrow along the ground and to the side of a tree.
  • Public Domain Animation: This cartoon has fallen into public domain because its copyright hasn't been renewed ever since — likely due to the subject matter.
  • Time Marches On: It would be an understatement to say that this cartoon is very much a product of its time.
  • Uncle Tomfoolery: The only reason a black character was used as Bugs' antagonist was to poke fun at all the stereotypes associated with blacks.
  • Wild Take: Bugs does one when the hunter comes back from falling off the cliff, with his head and limbs detaching from his body.


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