Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
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|Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers|
|Looney Tunes series|
|Produced by||Greg Ford|
|Voices by||Jeff Bergman|
|Studio||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||August 25, 1992 (USA)|
Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers is a Bugs Bunny short subject directed by Greg Ford and Terry Lennon and released in 1992. The cartoon was intended for theatrical release but eventually aired as part of the television special Bugs Bunny's Creature Features. Its premise is modeled after Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and it is considered subversive, critical of the greed of its production studio Warner Bros., and a lampoon of cheaply-drawn animation.
The cartoon opens with a voice-over by Bugs Bunny explaining that strange carrots have traveled from outer space to Earth. Afterwards, Bugs goes to "work"—performing comedy routines with Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, and Daffy Duck. During the routines, Bugs takes notice of a strange pile of glowing carrots, but ignores them. The next day, Bugs wakes up and returns to work, but Elmer, Yosemite Sam, and Daffy Duck appear as poorly drawn versions of themselves, including a brief segment where Daffy Duck is animated in the style of Syncro-Vox. They possess strangely friendly attitudes, and repeatedly offer Bugs Bunny a carrot. Bugs eventually accepts and takes the carrot home with him. The carrot rips open and expels a poorly drawn version of Bugs. The impostor attempts to kill the real Bugs with an axe, and Bugs runs off screaming (but pauses to state "You know something, folks? This is the scariest part of the picture."). Bugs finds tags reading "Made on Planet Nudnik" on the Elmer, Sam, and Daffy replacements, who have devolved into mindlessly spouting their catchphrases like a broken record. Bugs catches the impostors in a bag labeled "pale stereotypes" and sends it into outer space, where it gets swallowed by a black hole. The following morning, Bugs wakes up to find all of his enemies back to normal.
The song Mysterious Mose plays along with the credits, and afterwards a Porky Pig impostor in Monty Python-esque animation pops out of the Looney Tunes drum. As it tries to utter the line "That's all, Folks!", Bugs throws out the impostor and drags in the real Porky Pig, placing him inside the drum, where he delivers his line.
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The cartoon was released as a part of the "Bugs Bunny Halloween Hijinks" VHS special. It was later released, albeit in edited form on the Space Jam Two-Disc Special Edition DVD as a special feature. In the Space Jam version Yosemite Sam's scenes have been removed. They were taken out by Warner Bros. due to "time allotment". Sam can still be heard in the edited version when all of the Looney Tune "pods" are about to be launched into space. The uncut version was later released as part of The Essential Bugs Bunny DVD set.