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Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers is a 1992 Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon staring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, and Daffy Duck.

Bugs Bunny's daily life consists of traveling across the country and tangling with Elmer, Sam, and Daffy. One day during his routine, he continuously notices strange-looking carrots around, but doesn't pay them any mind. The next day, however, he notices that his adversaries seem to have become badly-drawn, pale stereotypes of themselves, and want him to have one of the strange carrots. That night, while contemplating this oddity, a pale stereotype of himself emerges from the carrot he received. After a harrowing encounter with it, Bugs becomes determined to learn what's behind this.


Tropes appearing in this short:

  • An Axe to Grind: After emerging, Bugs' doppelganger grabs his "In Case of Fire" axe and tries to strike him with it. Bugs manages to avoid it while his bed is cleaved in two.
  • Art Shift: The pale stereotype versions of the Looney Tunes characters are badly drawn with thicker lines.
  • Broken Record: The copies constantly repeat the same lines over and over, which are mostly the originals' Catch Phrases. At one point, Bugs even says to the fake Elmer "Come here, ya broken record!".
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: After Bugs runs off screaming in terror after encountering his own doppelganger, the "That's All Folks!" card pops up, complete with the ending music...before Bugs appears in front of it, saying "Hold it! You didn't think I'd let it end like that did you?" before the cartoon continues and he investigates where the doppelgangers came from.
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  • Kill and Replace: While its not known where the real Elmer, Sam, and Daffy went when their doppelgangers appeared,note  Bugs' doppelganger outright tries to kill him with an axe.
  • Limited Animation: The copies are parodies of every bad TV animation cliché. Daffy even has Synchro-Vox superimposed live-action lips a la Clutch Cargo at one point.
  • Made in Country X: When Bugs inspects the imposters, he finds that each of them bares a label saying "Made on the Planet Nudnik".
  • Mood Whiplash: Played for Laughs. After Bugs narrowly escapes being killed by his own doppelganger, he runs off screaming in terror... then pauses to turn to the audience and say "You know something, folks? This is the scariest part of the picture" and resumes running.
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  • Non-Standard Character Design: The copies are made to resemble simplistic, crudely animated thick-lined cartoon characters from 50s and 60s television. So of course they look horrendously out of place when placed right next to the smoothly animated thin-lined Bugs.
  • Off-Model: Not only do the pale stereotypes not look that much like the originals, they can't even stay consistent from scene to scene.
  • Pie in the Face: At the end of his routine with Elmer, Bugs shoves a custard cream pie in his face.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bugs does the "I dare you to step across this line" routine from Bugs Bunny Rides Again to Sam.
    • After falling off a cliff, Sam says "I've fallen and I can't get up!", a line from a famous emergency bracelet commercial.
    • The classic Duck Season, Rabbit Season routine from Rabbit Seasoning is recreated.
    • The bus Bugs rides in one scene is driven by Ralph Kramden.
    • The pale stereotypes come from the Planet Nudnik. Nudnik was a cartoon character created by Gene Deitch in the 1960s.
    • The rocket carrying the pale stereotypes almost hits Eliot and E.T..
  • Stylistic Suck: The copies of the Looney Tunes gang are badly animated on purpose.
  • Synchro-Vox: The imposter Daffy has super-imposed live-action lips while saying "But now it's all over. It doesn't matter anymore."
  • Visual Pun: A few of them as the Bugs, Elmer, Sam and Daffy imposters get sent into space. Namely, they pass through the Milky Way, which is made entirely of empty milk bottles, and Sirius, the "Dog Star", who sleeps in a doghouse and has a dog's face, as seen when it barks. The doghouse even has a sign next to it reading "Beware of Dog Star".
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: You would think Bugs would be happy with his various enemies replaced with kinder, gentler versions that don't want to harm him, but he actually misses them and their adversarial personalities. Indeed, their confrontations are presented here as their actual occupations.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The entire plot, and even the title, reference the classic film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.


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