|Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd) series|
|Directed by||Charles M. Jones|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer|
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
|Music by||Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||Ben Washam|
|Layouts by||Ernie Nordli|
|Backgrounds by||Philip De Guard|
|Studio||Warner Bros. Cartoons|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||June 11, 1955 (USA)|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Preceded by||Hare Brush|
|Followed by||This Is a Life?|
Rabbit Rampage is a 1955 Bugs Bunny animated cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones and produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons, which originally debuted on June 11, 1955. It is a spiritual successor (as well as a sequel) to Duck Amuck, in which Daffy Duck was teased by an off-screen animator, revealed at the end to be Bugs Bunny. In Rabbit Rampage, Bugs is similarly teased by another off-screen animator.
The cartoon inspired a 1993 video game for the Super NES, Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage, which allows the player to control Bugs, following a similar plot. A few clips from this short were shown in a trailer for the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 DVD set (seen on the Looney Tunes: Back in Action DVD), but was not included as part of that set. The complete short was released, with its sound-effects track only, on the Volume 6 set of the series as a "bonus" cartoon.
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As the cartoon begins here, an animator paints a woodland background, complete with a rabbit hole. The animator then erases the rabbit hole and moves it to the sky. Bugs pops out, falls to the ground and utters his catchphrase: "What's up, Doc?". When Bugs realizes who is in charge of the picture, he makes his desire to not fall victim to an animator who plans on making him look bad, all the while preparing to dive back into his hole, giving the animator ample time to erase it, causing Bugs to jump headfirst into the ground. After Bugs stands up, he restates his desire to not work with the animator, who puts yellow paint on Bugs' back, implying that Bugs is a coward. Bugs grabs the brush and breaks it in half.
Bugs emphatically states that he will report the animator to the Warner Brothers and calls the animator a menace to society, while the animator draws a picket sign in Bugs' left hand which says: "I WON'T WORK". When Bugs sees the sign, he throws it on the ground, off screen. Bugs asks if the animator is trying to get him fired, before explaining that he has become a valuable asset to the studio, which gives the animator time to draw another picket sign saying "I REFUSE TO LIVE UP TO MY CONTRACT". After disposing of the last sign off-screen, Bugs returns, wiping off the yellow paint with a towel. Afterwards, Bugs agrees to work on the picture, but pauses once he sees that the animator drew a hat on his head, prompting Bugs to throw it on the ground, stating that the animator knows he's not supposed to wear a hat. In response, the animator draws an enormous pink women's hat, and Bugs throws it on the ground, too. This cycle continues with increasingly ridiculous hats and wigs until Bugs gives up. The animator draws an upside down forest, and Bugs tries to get in his hole by climbing "down" a nearby tree. The animator draws an anvil on Bugs' tail, causing Bugs to fall on a street, later rolling into an empty area.
Bugs furiously incoherently yells at the animator, which the animator responds to by erasing Bugs' head. When Bugs notices this, he taps one foot impatiently, pointing at the spot where his head existed. The animator then draws a jack-o'-lantern on Bugs' body. When Bugs realizes this, he demands it to be corrected, which the animator supplies by simply adding rabbit ears to the existing head, infuriating Bugs even further. The animator erases the pumpkin head and then draws a tiny version of Bugs' head. Bugs does not realize what has happened until he pulls a carrot out of his pocket, stopping short when he sees that something else is wrong. He then takes notice of his now-high-pitched voice. The animator then erases the tiny head and re-draws Bugs' head, normal-sized but minus the ears.
After Bugs asks "Ears", the animator draws human ears. Bugs asks again, saying: "Not human ears my friend. Rabbit ears, long ones." The animator draws very long ears, lying on the floor far into the distance, and Bugs replies: "Don't be so danged literal!" The animator then fixes the ears to make them normal length again. As Bugs walks away, the animator erases his tail. Bugs attempts once more to right the wrongs inflicted upon him by making his latest complaint of the animator's vandalism known, but the animator draws a horse's tail instead. When Bugs states that a horse's tail "belongs on a horse", the animator erases Bugs' body and redraws him as a horse. Bugs, while standing on two hind legs and eating a carrot, points out to the artist that this misinterpretation will not make his employers happy, allowing the animator to pretend to comply with what Bugs is telling him by erasing Bugs' horse body and drawing him as a more abstract, simplified rabbit with big cheeks and feet.
The abstract version of Bugs warns the animator that this latest bit of tomfoolery has dire consequences for both of them, which leads the animator to draw him back to normal. Bugs sarcastically asks the animator if he wants to paint him into a grasshopper,The animator takes out a brush and Bugs takes it back. Bugs attempts to make friends with the animator, promising that they could do something revolutionary, but the animator draws two duplicates of Bugs, prompting Bugs to shove the clones out of the picture. As Bugs states that he will not leave his spot until the animator "gets the big boss", the animator paints Bugs on a railroad track with a train coming through a tunnel behind it. As the train passes by, Bugs leans on a rock and states that there is still one way out and he cannot stop Bugs. He jumps up and pulls down a title card with the words "The End" written on it in large letters.
The camera pulls back to the animator, who is revealed to be Elmer Fudd, in a cameo appearance, who laughs and states with delight to the audience: "Weww, anyway, I finawwy got even with that scwewy wabbit," indicating that he has only toyed with Bugs as revenge for his antics on the previous cartoons they both starred in.
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