Rabbit Fire (1951)
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If I had to choose the best of the bunch, I pick this one because it has one of the funniest endings of any cartoon ever made.
My Grade: A+
Followed by Rabbit Seasoning and Duck, Rabbit, Duck.
This is a hilarious cartoon with great moments from start to finish. A sequence with an elephant made me laugh very hard, and one where Daffy and Bugs dress up as each other is pretty good as well. One of the better cartoons I have seen.
Here are some other highlights from "Rabbit Fire" (but watch the cartoon first before you read on). At the closing of this short, Bugs and Daffy discover that it's actually Elmer Season, so they don hunting outfits and adopt Elmer's accent & laugh as they explain to the audience that they are on the lookout for him. When Daffy disguises as Bugs and vice versa, it becomes very clear why Mel Blanc is known as the "Man of a Thousand Voices"; it actually sounds like Daffy doing Bugs' voice and Bugs doing Daffy's voice! And there are some great musical references in this cartoon as well. When Bugs disguises himself as a female hunter, "Oh! You Beautiful Doll" can be heard, and it was also used in another Warner Bros. cartoon called "Feed the Kitty" (1952). As Bugs and Daffy walk away from Elmer and remove their respective duck and rabbit disguises, we hear the song "You're Just an Angel in Disguise," also heard in the Porky Pig cartoon "Kitty Kornered" (1946). And finally, as Bugs and Daffy are reading their respective duck and rabbit recipes, "Mommy's Little Baby Loves Shortening Bread" can be heard, and this catchy little tune can also be heard in the Porky Pig cartoon "Swooner Crooner" (1944).
Overall, "Rabbit Fire" is a wonderful cartoon, and it pleases me to know that it has been released on DVD (Disc 2 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 1). Watch it for yourself and enjoy!
Although I always thought of this episode as one unto itself and not part of a "trilogy" as I have read, this is definitely the most popular of the three, as I remember practically every line by memory. Elmer is having his Jonesin' for 'Hunting Wabbits', and gets perpetually mixed up as Bugs and Daffy have a back and forth over 'Duck season...rabbit season'. There's one scene involving cross-character dressing that is the key gag in the short, and it always keeps me cracking up. The last moment, in a way, is kind of deep. Who knows what season it is for hunting anyone, anyway? It's a little classic in the world of hand-drawn insanity, and one of only several times Daffy Duck has worked perfectly in a three-piece grouping.
The ultimately anti-hunting subtext of the hunting trilogy is clear in Elmer's revelatory confession "I'm a vegetarian, I just hunt for the sport of it". It makes it all the more satisfying, then, when it is Elmer who gets a comeuppance at the climax rather than Daffy. 'Rabbit Fire' is a wonderful cartoon that proved so popular it spawned a classic trilogy.
If you are familiar with Elmer Fudd, you will probably know that in this episode he is hunting rabbits. Daffy leads him (in an intelligent way) to Bugs' burrow and tries to make Elmer shoot Bugs, but ends up shooting Daffy instead. The jokes are very clever and if this is your first episode with Daffy, Elmer and Bugs, you will, very likely, find this incredibly amusing.
I recommend this to people who like episodes where Daffy is more crafty than crazy and if you like slapstick in Looney Tunes at least a little bit. Enjoy "Rabbit Fire"! :-)
Bugs Bunny: Duck Season.
Daffy Duck: RABBIT season!!!
Bugs Bunny: (reversing the flow) Rabbit Season.
Daffy Duck: DUCK SEASON!! FIRE!!
Elmer Fudd: (opened fire) Boom!!!
The quotes above were from the classical shorts 'Rabbit Fire'(1951), which was directed by Chuck Jones (1912-2002).
This short was the first installment for the ''Hunter Trilogy''. The other two being 'Rabbit Seasoning' and 'Duck! Rabbit! Duck!'.
To me, this short was the best out of the two sequels of the ''Hunter Trilogy''. It was a funny short. Other than that, it pitted Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny against Elmer Fudd (most of the time, it pitted Daffy Duck against Bugs Bunny). An elephant even made a cameo in the short pushing Elmer under the ground.
At the end of the short, the sign on the tree showed 'Elmer Season', which made Bugs and Daffy to hunt for Elmer.
This short could be considered as one of the best cartoon short directed by Chuck Jones.
What a great classics!!!
They use the same old joke about yelling rabbit-duck-rabbit-duck until it gets switched around and Daffy is yelling, "duck season: fire!" This gag is overdone, used three or four straight times until Daffy finally leaves.
The next scene is funny, though, as each guy imitates being the other guy (i.e. Daffy wearing big ears, Bugs with flipper for webbed feet). However, we get the same result, over and over.
Overall, too repetitious with the gags and not really fun.
**** (out of 4)
This here is one of the all-time great Looney Tune shorts as it features three legendary characters doing some of their best work. Elmer Fudd heads out to the woods to do some hunting when Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck begin fighting over what season it is. There isn't one bad second in this film as it's pure gold from start to finish with non-stop laughs. One of the main reasons this short is so great is because of the violence, which several television stations cut out when they originally aired. The violence in the movie is pretty much non-stop as Daffy is constantly getting shot at close range, which makes his face move around constantly. The violence might make some parents keep this away from their children, which is understandable but at the same time this here was certainly made for adults. The ending of the movie, which I won't spoil, is also priceless. Elmer, Bugs and Daffy are certainly at the top of their game here with the dialogue being perfect as well as the scenarios. The back and forth "Duck Season/Rabbit Season" ranks right up there with Abbott and Costello's "Who's On First" as some of the greatest dialogue.
I love it when Daffy's beak goes in every directions when ever he gets shot by Elmer, when when Daffy disguise himself as a rabbit and Bugs as a duck and when they disguise themselves as a woman hunter and her dog. Well I don't necessarily go with Bugs dressing in drag, I mean it may be funny way back then but I think it's...kind of disturbing now. I also thought it is amazing that Mel Blanc make his character voices (Bugs & Daffy) imitate each other.
So anyway, that is all I have to say about this cartoon is that I really love it.
Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese decided to change Daffy Duck's personality a bit. In this cartoon Daffy became less goofy and more malicious. Especially when in came to his best "frenemy" Bugs Bunny. And history was made.
While it was never clearly established why Daffy wishes bodily harm on Bugs, we can assume that jealousy played a part in this. Regardless of why, this change works. For some reason, you immediately accept Daffy's new role as an antagonist for Bugs.
This makes it easier to laugh until you cry as Daffy is tricked time and time again into saying "duck season", taking a shotgun blast to the face, and waiting to see what new position his bill will be in when the smoke clears.
The other two cartoons in this series use the blueprint established here for great effect. I have to give this the full 10 stars as it set the tone for the next two installments.