Quick Brown Fox and Rapid Rabbit
|Rabbit Stew and Rabbits Too!|
|Looney Tunes series|
|Directed by||Robert McKimson|
|Produced by||William L. Hendricks|
|Music by||William Lava|
|Animation by||Ted Bonnicksen
|Layouts by||Jaime Diaz
|Backgrounds by||Bob McIntosh|
|Studio||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.-Seven Arts|
|Release date(s)||June 7, 1969|
|Running time||7 minutes|
|Preceded by||The Great Carrot Train Robbery|
|Followed by||Shamrock and Roll|
Rapid Rabbit, a small brown rabbit (who's not to be confused with Rapid T. Rabbit), is every bit as fast as his name implies; a pantomime character, he never says a word, but uses a bicycle horn to express himself. He is inspired by the Road Runner, another Looney Tunes character Quick Brown Fox, another pantomime character, is a fox who wants to eat the fast-running rabbit, but consistently fails to catch him despite using a variety of traps and devices. The fox's name is derived from the popular pangram, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." He is inspired by Wile E. Coyote, another Looney Tunes character.
Rabbit Stew and Rabbits Too! is a 1969 theatrically-released cartoon, one of the last few cartoons of the Looney Tunes series (which, at that time, was owned by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts). It was a "chase" cartoon along the same lines as the Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoons; a predator tries and fails to catch his intended prey, despite using a number of ingenious or comically absurd traps. It was intended to be the first of a series of Rapid Rabbit cartoons which had been planned, but no more were produced as the animation department folded soon after its release.
Quick Brown Fox wants to make rabbit stew, with the elusive Rapid Rabbit as the main ingredient. To this end, he tries several different traps — simple ones at first, but they gradually become ridiculously elaborate — and all of them fail to ensnare Rapid, and some of them end up hurting Quick. Finally, Quick sets up a trap that involves a cannon and a sign that says "Free trip to the moon," among other elements; not only does this trap fail to catch Rapid, but Quick winds up being shot to the moon!