Rabbit Transit (film)

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Rabbit Transit
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series
Directed by Friz Freleng
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Michael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Manuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Gerry Chiniquy
A. C. Gamer (effects animation)
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Philip DeGuard
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) May 10, 1947 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 8 minutes
Language English

Rabbit Transit is an 8-minute Looney Tunes cartoon, directed by Friz Freleng, released in 1947, and starring Bugs Bunny and Cecil Turtle. The title is a play on "Rapid Transit".

Cecil and Bugs had previously raced each other in 1941's Tortoise Beats Hare and 1943's Tortoise Wins By a Hare. This cartoon was their final encounter. Unlike Tortoise Wins by a Hare, this cartoon presumes that Bugs and Cecil have never met before now.

Plot[edit]

While relaxing in a steam bath, Bugs reads about the original fable and, as he did reading the credits of Tortoise Beats Hare, becomes incensed at the idea of a turtle outrunning a rabbit. Cecil, also in the steam bath, claims that he could outrun Bugs, prompting Bugs to challenge him to a race (again, as in Tortoise Beats Hare, although at least here Bugs receives some provocation). This time, Bugs and Cecil agree to no cheating. Cecil, however, quickly reveals that his shell is now rocket propelled, allowing him to go a surprising combination between fast and slow. Bugs does his best to steal, dismantle, and destroy the device, but all to little effect. In the end, however, Bugs does manage to top the turtle and crosses the finish line first. Nevertheless, it is Cecil who has the last laugh when he rooks the rabbit into confessing to "doing 100 easy"—in a 30 miles per hour (48 km/h) speed zone. Bugs is taken away by the police to enjoy his victory—behind bars. Cecil closes the cartoon by famously saying, "Ain't I a...um...stinker?".

Availability[edit]

This cartoon can be found on Volume 2 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection and Volume 2 of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection.

Preceded by
Rhapsody Rabbit
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1947
Succeeded by
A Hare Grows in Manhattan