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Western Animation / Rebel Rabbit

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Rebel Rabbit is a 1949 Merrie Melodies short staring Bugs Bunny. It was directed by Robert McKimson and is unique among Bugs Bunny cartoons in both Bugs' role and his Karmic Trickster status being avoided.

When Bugs learn that rabbits only have a two cent bounty, he goes on a campaign to prove that rabbits can be dangerous. Unfortunately, he gets more than he bargains for when his antics draw the entire U.S army after him.


Tropes appearing in this cartoon:

  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Bugs wanted a big bounty, and he got it... as well as a cell in Alcatraz.
  • Human Mail: Bugs mails himself to Washington D.C., putting the stamp himself on his armpit.
  • Medium-Shift Gag: As Bugs is surrounded by the U.S. Armed Forces, live-action footage of tanks, bomber planes and battleships are intercut with his reactions shots.
  • Monumental Damage: Bugs sabotages various landmarks, including turning off Niagara Falls, filling up the Grand Canyon, even sawing Florida off the mainland. ("South America, take it away!")
  • Regional Redecoration: One of the ways Bugs works on increasing his bounty involves sawing off the entire state of Florida and pushing it down towards South America.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: For rabbits being only worth a two cent bounty, Bugs decides to show how dangerous rabbits can be.
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  • Skyscraper Messages: Bugs rewires the lights at Times Square to read "Bugs Bunny Was Here".
  • Visual Pun:
    • Bugs steals the locks from the Panama Canal. As in the padlocks, not the actual canal locks.
    • When Bugs sells Manhattan back to the Native Americans, the skyscrapers turn into tepees, and the Statue of Liberty becomes a cigar store wooden Indian.
    • Bugs ties up the railways, as in tying the actual rails into giant bows.

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