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All This and Rabbit Stew
All this and Rabbit Stew
Directed By: Tex Avery (uncredited)
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: September 20, 1941
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Dave Monahan
Animation: Virgil Ross
Charles McKimson (uncredited)
Robert McKimson (uncredited)
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Sidney Sutherland (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds: John Didrik Johnsen
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Danny Webb (uncredited)
Darrell Payne (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Bugs Bunny
Black Hunter
Bear
Preceded By: Snowtime for Comedy
Succeeded By: Notes to You

All This and Rabbit Stew is a 1941 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by an uncredited Tex Avery. The cartoon is part of the infamous Censored Eleven due to its racist stereotyping of African-Americans.

Title

The title is a parody of that of All This and Heaven Too.

Plot

Bugs Bunny is 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.

A print with an altered 1938 closing card, identical to "The Isle of Pingo Pongo", has been found on a public bootleg tape: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPYVcCUL9ek.

Availability

Being part of the Censored 11, this cartoon has never had an official video release. However, since it is in the public domain, it can be found on unauthorized home video releases, as well as on online streaming sites. An upcoming Censored 11 DVD was going to be released, however, this release has been held back indefinitely as of March 2012.

Notes

  • 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. 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'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.

External Links

All This and Rabbit Stew at SuperCartoons.net

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jmQ7MpYjJI

Gallery

Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1938 Porky's Hare Hunt
1939 Prest-O Change-OHare-um Scare-um
1940 Elmer's Candid CameraA Wild Hare
1941 Elmer's Pet RabbitTortoise Beats HareHiawatha's Rabbit HuntThe Heckling HareAll This and Rabbit StewWabbit Twouble
1942 The Wabbit Who Came to SupperThe Wacky WabbitHold the Lion, PleaseBugs Bunny Gets the BoidFresh HareThe Hare-Brained HypnotistCase of the Missing Hare
1943 Tortoise Wins by a HareSuper-RabbitJack-Wabbit and the BeanstalkWackiki WabbitFalling Hare
1944 Little Red Riding RabbitWhat's Cookin' Doc?Bugs Bunny and the Three BearsBugs Bunny Nips the NipsHare Ribbin'Hare ForceBuckaroo BugsThe Old Grey HareStage Door Cartoon
1945 Herr Meets HareThe Unruly HareHare TriggerHare ConditionedHare Tonic
1946 Baseball BugsHare RemoverHair-Raising HareAcrobatty BunnyRacketeer RabbitThe Big SnoozeRhapsody Rabbit
1947 Rabbit TransitA Hare Grows in ManhattanEaster YeggsSlick Hare
1948 Gorilla My DreamsA Feather in His HareRabbit PunchBuccaneer BunnyBugs Bunny Rides AgainHaredevil HareHot Cross BunnyHare SplitterA-Lad-In His LampMy Bunny Lies Over The Sea
1949 Hare DoMississippi HareRebel RabbitHigh Diving HareBowery BugsLong-Haired HareKnights Must FallThe Grey Hounded HareThe Windblown HareFrigid HareWhich Is WitchRabbit Hood
1950 Hurdy-Gurdy HareMutiny on the BunnyHomeless HareBig House BunnyWhat's Up Doc?8 Ball BunnyHillbilly HareBunker Hill BunnyBushy HareRabbit of Seville
1951 Hare We GoRabbit Every MondayBunny HuggedThe Fair Haired HareRabbit FireFrench RarebitHis Hare Raising TaleBallot Box BunnyBig Top Bunny
1952 Operation: RabbitFoxy by Proxy14 Carrot RabbitWater, Water Every HareThe Hasty HareOily HareRabbit SeasoningRabbit's KinHare Lift
1953 Forward March HareUp-Swept HareSouthern Fried RabbitHare TrimmedBully For BugsLumber Jack-RabbitDuck! Rabbit, Duck!Robot Rabbit
1954 Captain HareblowerBugs and ThugsNo Parking HareDevil May HareBewitched BunnyYankee Doodle BugsBaby Buggy Bunny
1955 Beanstalk BunnySahara HareHare BrushRabbit RampageThis Is a Life?Hyde and HareKnight-Mare HareRoman Legion-Hare
1956 Bugs' BonnetsBroom-Stick BunnyRabbitson CrusoeNapoleon Bunny-PartBarbary-Coast BunnyHalf-Fare HareA Star Is BoredWideo WabbitTo Hare Is Human
1957 Ali Baba BunnyBedevilled RabbitPiker's PeakWhat's Opera, Doc?Bugsy and MugsyShow Biz BugsRabbit Romeo
1958 Hare-less WolfHare-Way to the StarsNow, Hare ThisKnighty Knight BugsPre-Hysterical Hare
1959 Baton BunnyHare-Abian NightsApes of WrathBackwoods BunnyWild and Woolly HareBonanza BunnyA Witch's Tangled HarePeople Are Bunny
1960 Horse HarePerson to BunnyRabbit's FeatFrom Hare to HeirLighter Than Hare
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitCompressed HarePrince Violent
1962 Wet HareBill of HareShishkabugs
1963 Devil's Feud CakeThe Million HareHare-Breadth HurryThe UnmentionablesMad as a Mars HareTransylvania 6-5000
1964 Dumb PatrolDr. Devil and Mr. HareThe Iceman DuckethFalse Hare
1979 Bugs Bunny's Christmas CarolThe Fright Before Christmas
1980 Portrait of the Artist as a Young BunnySpaced Out Bunny
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 Blooper Bunny
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
1996 From Hare To Eternity
2004 Hare and Loathing In Las VegasDaffy Duck for President

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