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|All This and Rabbit Stew|
All This and Rabbit Stew is a one-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Merrie Melodies series, produced in Technicolor and released to theatres on September 20, 1941 by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Vitaphone Corporation. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger and directed by an uncredited Tex Avery, with musical supervision by Carl W. Stalling and voices by Mel Blanc.
The cartoon was the final Avery-directed Bugs Bunny short to be released. Although it was produced before The Heckling Hare (after the production of which Avery was suspended from the Schlesinger studio and defected to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), it was released afterwards. The title is a parody of that of All This and Heaven Too. Because the cartoon was released after Avery left Schlesinger, Avery's name does not appear in the credits.
All This and Rabbit Stew is now in the public domain. The cartoon is part of the infamous Censored Eleven due to its racist stereotyping of African-Americans.
All This and Rabbit Stew features Bugs Bunny being hunted by a slow-witted Black hunter, very similar in speech pattern and mannerism to Stepin Fetchit. After Bugs outwits the hunter several times, Bugs wins all of his clothing through a dice game.
Bans and Controversy
This cartoon has been withheld from from television distribution by United Artists (and currently Warner Bros.) since 1968 due to its caricature of a blackface African-American hunter. This cartoon was also one of the 12 cartoons pulled from Cartoon Network's June Bugs marathon, which happened in 2001, by order of AOL Time Warner. Despite this, it could be found on unauthorized public domain VHS tapes during the 1980s and 1990s.
None, Public Domain DVD and VHS only. An upcoming Censored 11 DVD is going to be released, however, this release was held back indefinitely as of March 2012.
- The Black Hunter also appear on Histeria! in "General Sherman's Campsite" and he was voiced by Phil LaMarr.
- The cartoon's central gag sequence, involving the hunter constantly ending up on the wrong side of a rolling log hanging over a cliff, was repurposed for Bob Clampett's 1946 Looney Tunes short The Big Snooze. For that film, the animation of the Black hunter was redrawn into animation of Elmer Fudd.
All This and Rabbit Stew at SuperCartoons.net