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Western Animation / Rabbit Hood

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Arise, Sir Loin of Beef!

"Rabbit Hood" is a 1949 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones that makes fun of the Robin Hood legend. Bugs Bunny attempts to steal carrots from the king's garden, but the Sheriff of Nottingham keeps trying to foil him. Bugs, annoyed, spends the entire picture trying to get even.

Not to be confused with "Robin Hood Daffy", also by Chuck Jones.

"Rabbit Hood" provides examples of:

  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Bugs manages to fool the Sheriff of Nottingham into buying the king's private garden this way. Once he realizes what he's done (much, much later), the Sheriff is not amused.
  • Bowdlerise: Some television airings of this short (particularly the one that aired on America's ABC channel in the 1990s) shorten the hits to the head in the knighting scene and cut the scene where the Sheriff hits his head with a hammer while yelling "I hate myself! I do! I do! I do!" after getting fooled by Bugs into building a house in the king's garden.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: At one point, Bugs yells at Little John: "You've been yelling that through the whole picture! Well, where is he?!"
  • The Cameo: At the end, Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) makes an appearance in the form of a film clip from The Adventures of Robin Hood.
    Bugs: Nah, that's silly. It couldn't be him.
    • Flynn received a personal copy of the cartoon as a recompense for the use of his image in it.
  • Catchphrase: Little John keeps showing up to say "Daaaaaaah, don't you worry, never fear. Robin Hood will soon be here." Turns out he's right...
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: ...But by then, Bugs has already successfully dealt with the Sheriff himself.
  • Circling Birdies: Happens to the Sheriff of Nottingham except with kings instead of birds.
    Sheriff: Ods fish! The very air abounds in kings!
  • The Con: Bugs pulls this off by "selling" the Sheriff a plot of land in the King's Royal Garden.
  • Crying Wolf: A variant. Bugs hits the Sheriff of Nottingham with a club after fooling him into believing that the king is behind him. Later on, Bugs tries to pull this again, but he isn't fooled at first. Bugs eventually fools him.
  • Delayed "Oh, Crap!": The Sheriff of Nottingham flies into a rage when he realizes he's been duped by Bugs into buying real estate "property" which is really the King's Garden and is building a house on top of it.
    Sheriff Of Nottingham: Ooooh, I hate myself! (Hits himself with hammer) I do! I do! I do!
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Bugs repeatedly introduces the Sheriff to Little John to distract them so he can walk away.
    "Sheriff of Nottingham, meet Little John. Little John, meet the Sheriff of Nottingham. Sheriff, John. John, Sheriff. Sheri, Johnny. Johnny, Sheri. S of N, L J. L J, S of N."
  • Fat Idiot: "Little" John, complete with Simpleton Voice.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: After "knighting" the Sheriff several times (and seeing him stand back up each time)...
    Sheriff Of Nottingham: (slurred) You are too kind, your majesty.
    Bugs: (aside) Got lots of stamina!
  • Hurricane of Puns: The knighting scene.
    Bugs: *BAM* "Arise, Sir Loin of Beef!" *BAM!* "Arise, Earl of Cloves!" *BAM!* "Arise, Duke of Brittingham!" *BAM!* "Arise, Baron of Munchausen!" *BAM!* "Arise, Essence of Myrrh!" *BAM!* "Milk of Magnesia!" *BAM!* "Quarter of Ten!"
  • Impersonating an Officer: Bugs does this when he pretends to be the King of England.
  • Knighting: At one point, Bugs pretends to be the king and "knights" the Sheriff of Nottingham by hitting him repeatedly on the head while he makes up random titles.
  • The Magnificent: The Knighting scene again, in which Bugs "grants" several increasingly punny and ridiculous titles to the Sheriff while pounding the poor man repeatedly in the head with the prop sceptre.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: At one point, the cartoon includes a shot from the live-action The Adventures of Robin Hood.
  • Non-Indicative Name: As per usual, Little John isn't so little.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Provides the answer to the How Much More Can He Take? moment: after getting "knighted" (read: hit on the head) so many times, the Sheriff starts to sing "London Bridge is Falling Down'' before he collapses.
  • Pun-Based Title: You don't say.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Bugs and the Sheriff speak it.
    Bugs Bunny: Lo! The King approacheth!
    Sheriff of Nottingham: King indeed. Ha. Dost thou taketh me for a fooleth?
  • Your Costume Needs Work: Robin Hood shows up as Little John has stated. Even so, Bugs concludes that it is an impostor.