The Abominable Snow Rabbit
|The Abominable Snow Rabbit|
|Looney Tunes/Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck series|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones
|Produced by||John Burton|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||Ken Harris
|Studio||Warner Bros. Cartoons|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
|Release date(s)||May 20, 1961 (USA)|
|Running time||6 min, 05 sec|
The Abominable Snow Rabbit is a six minute 1961 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. The cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and co-directed by Maurice Noble, with a story by Tedd Pierce. The cartoon's title is taken from the phrase and horror film The Abominable Snowman. It was the final original Chuck Jones theatrical cartoon with Daffy Duck.
Bugs tunnels through the Himalayan mountains, followed by Daffy. After a failed attempt by Daffy to go swimming in a frozen pond, the two realize that they are not at their intended destination, Palm Springs. For a change, Bugs has not missed his destination because of not taking "that left turn in Albuquerque"; instead, Daffy chides him: "I told you we should have turned west at East St. Louis!" Bugs checks his map and works out they are in the, as he puts it, 'Hime-ay-lay-us'. Daffy irritably corrects him on the pronunciation, then realizes what Bugs has said and reacts angrily: "You four-legged Marco Polo! That's in Asia!" Sarcastically suggesting Bugs "study to be a snowshoe rabbit," Daffy gets back in the tunnel and heads for Perth Amboy (which, as revealed in Transylvania 6-5000, is the location of Bugs' travel agent). But he misses a sign, which, in pseudo-Oriental writing, reads 'Beware of the Abominable Snow-man'.
Daffy, whilst underground, crashes into said creature's foot. The Abominable Snowman (whose name is Hugo, but that is not revealed in this short), grabs Daffy, names him George (a reference to Of Mice and Men, casting Hugo as Lennie Small to Daffy's George Milton), and gives him crippling hugs, believing Daffy is a rabbit, when actually he just tied his sweater round his head for warmth, with the sleeves on top. Daffy reveals this by angrily yelling his head off, and 'George' is punished for his 'deception' with spankings. However, Daffy imparts to him where he can find a real rabbit i.e. Bugs. As Bugs starts experiencing Hugo's overbearing love, Daffy sneaks away.
Hugo sits on Bugs like a hen, so he 'doesn't feel rejected'. But Bugs tunnels out next to Daffy. His tunneling pushes Daffy to Hugo. Bugs tells Hugo that he now has a rabbit. Daffy and Hugo agree that a rabbit has long ears. But Bugs cleverly pulls his own ears down, and puts his fingers behind Daffy's head. Hugo begins petting Daffy, but then realizes: "Rabbits don't have feathers and bills!" Daffy points out the tunneling Bugs to Hugo, who chases him underground. Eager to see the incident's conclusion, Daffy follows.
Later, in Palm Springs, a profusely sweating Hugo, and a disguised Bugs, discuss Hugo's failure to catch Bugs. When Daffy emerges from the hole, Bugs puts fake rabbit ears on him. Hugo again squeezes Daffy, but Daffy's discomfort is brief as Hugo melts, for he "really was a snowman!" as Bugs puts it. Daffy ends the cartoon by adding: "Abominable, that is!"
Home video releases
The Abominable Snow Rabbit is included on the DVD collection Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5 as well as the VHS collections Looney Tunes After Dark and Bugs Bunny: Big Top Bunny. Most of the footage was also used in the compilation movie, Daffy Duck's Quackbusters for one part when Bugs and Daffy traveled to the Himalayas.
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