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"Easter Yeggs" is a 1947 Looney Tunes short (7 minutes), directed by Robert McKimson.

Bugs Bunny is out and about in the forest living his Bugs Bunny life when he runs into the Easter Bunny (or as he's called here, "Easter Rabbit"). The Easter Bunny sobs that he has sore feet and can't deliver his easter eggs, so Bugs volunteers. After Bugs leaves, the Easter Bunny reveals to the audience that he always gets "some dumb bunny" to do his work for him.

Bugs goes to deliver eggs to a house. Unfortunately for Bugs said house is occupied by a terrifying child who screams "I wanna Easter Egg!" and proceeds to beat the hell out of Bugs. The terrifying child's terrifying family shows up and Bugs flees a hail of gunfire. He's now much less willing to deliver eggs but the Easter Bunny coaxes him into giving it a second shot. Bugs then arrives at a much more welcoming house—which turns out to be a trap laid by Elmer Fudd.

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  • Actor Allusion: The Easter Bunny has the same voice and mannerisms and is basically the same character as the ironically named "Happy Postman" character that Mel Blanc played on the radio. There's even a reference to the Happy Postman's catchphrase "Keep smiling!". (Bugs throws it back at the Easter Bunny at the end.)
  • Black Comedy: When Bugs enters the home of the Bratty Half-Pint, the child is sucking on the barrel of a revolver like a baby bottle.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: The horrifying child to whom Bugs tries to deliver eggs. He screams "I wanna Easter Egg!" at ear-splitting volume and then proceeds to thrash Bugs in the way that Bugs usually thrashes the bad guys. When Bugs finally gets the upper hand the bratty half-pint summons his gun-toting relations.
  • Bullet Hole Spelling: Bugs Bunny is fleeing the home of a Bratty Half-Pint whose family is a bunch of shotgun-toting thugs. As they fire at him, they leave "And Stay Out!" spelled on the door.
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  • Easter Bunny: Turns out to be both lazy and The Eeyore.
  • The Eeyore: The Easter Bunny is continually mopey and depressed.
  • Efficient Displacement: The Bugs-shaped outline that Bugs leaves in the door after fleeing a hail of bullets from the bratty half-pint's family.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: The Easter Bunny says "I'm supposed to be happy and gay." He most definitely isn't.
  • Like A Broken Record: "I wanna Easter egg! I wanna Easter egg! I wanna Easter egg!..."
  • Pit Trap: Elmer lays one for Bugs in his home. Bugs, of course, escapes.
  • Polka-Dot Paint: Bugs paints Elmer's head blue with yellow polka dots in two strokes. Then he summons the bratty half-pint, who mistakes Elmer's dome for an egg and starts pounding Elmer's skull with a hammer.
  • Rabbit Magician: Bugs claims to have worked in a magician's act, and procedes to try and entertain Elmer with some tricks. First he does the old Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat, but the rabbit is the Easter Bunny asking Bugs to keep delivering the eggs. Next, Bugs takes Elmer's watch and smashes it under a handkerchief so he can then make it appear intact. He fails. He's about to try the Saw a Woman in Half routine when Elmer has enough and pulls out his shotgun.
  • Subbing for Santa: Bugs is pressed into service by an Easter Bunny who turns out to be a con artist.
  • Tae Kwon Door: Elmer is chasing Bugs when Bugs zooms out the front door and then shuts it. Elmer's head goes right through the door.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Bugs grags the Dead End Kid by the arm to scold him, but the kid cries that "the bad man bwoke my widdle arm!" and his family appears, all towering thugs with shotguns. Bugs then excuses himself and flees from a hail of bullets.
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