Robot Rabbit

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Robot Rabbit
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series
Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Edward Selzer (uncredited)
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Ken Champin
Manuel Perez
Arthur Davis
Virgil Ross
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Irv Wyner
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) December 12, 1953 (USA premiere)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6 minutes 43 seconds
Language English

Robot Rabbit is a Warner Bros. animated short of the Looney Tunes series. Originally released to theaters on December 12, 1953, it stars Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd as its main characters.

Summary[edit]

Elmer Fudd is shown as a carrot farmer who is happily going about his chores singing "In a Little Red Barn (On a Farm down in Indiana)". Halfway through the song, he realizes Bugs has joined his singing. At the end of the chorus of the song, Bugs dives into his hole, and carrots fly into the air. Elmer angrily laments "Ooooh, da wascal wabbit is in my cawwots again!", and then rushes into his house to retrieve a shotgun. After shooting into an empty hole (Bugs had conveniently left the hole, then does his "fake dying" act), Elmer exclaims "Howway! Da wabbit kicked da bucket!", then he and Bugs start dancing as a result until Elmer begins to realize Bugs is still very much alive.

That prompts Fudd to call "ACME Pest Control": ("Hewwo? ACME Pest Contwol? Weww, I've got a pest I want contwolled.") for a robot with the express purpose of evicting Bugs. The robot initially confuses a mule and Elmer — who was trying to explain to the robot what a rabbit looks like — for his intended target before getting the early upper-hand. Bugs quickly evens the score by luring his antagonist under a rotating water sprinkler, causing the robot to rust. Elmer however resolves this setback just as quickly by oiling the robot up and then warns him that he'll be sold for old scrap iron if he doesn't get the job done.

Later, Bugs disguises himself as a female robot (where he literally throws a wrench into their "relationship"), before finally causing the robot to follow him through a construction site and beneath a pile driver. Back at home, Elmer starts wondering how the robot fared, Bugs greets him and dumps the remains of the robot onto the floor; it proved that the robot was crushed underneath the pile driver. As Bugs walks off, he comments to himself: "Ya know, someday, dese scientists are gonna invent something dat will "outsmart" a rabbit".

Errors[edit]

When Bugs is speaking to the audience while running away from the robot, his mouth didn't move.

Censorship[edit]

  • On ABC, the two times that the robot mistakes a mule and Elmer for rabbits and shoots them with his laser gun were cut.
  • On CBS, in addition to the ABC cuts, the following scenes were cut:
    • The part where Elmer shoots the rabbit hole where Bugs (presumably) is and Bugs feigning that he's near death (leading to the famous "Wabbit Kicked the Bucket" part) was cut.
    • The part where Bugs and the robot chase each other back and forth under an active pile driver at a construction site was cut (but not the end where Bugs stops by Elmer's house to dump the pounded remains of his robot).
  • The syndicated Merrie Melodies Show only edited the part where the robot shoots Elmer after Elmer imitates a rabbit by replacing it with a still shot of the mule after it's been blasted in the face.
Preceded by
Duck! Rabbit, Duck!
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1953
Succeeded by
Captain Hareblower