|The Wacky Wabbit|
The Wacky Wabbit is a Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series. It was released on May 2, 1942. It was directed by Robert Clampett. It stars Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd (both are voiced by Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan).
The cartoon begins with the fattened version of Elmer Fudd prospecting for gold, singing "Oh! Susanna", except that instead of 1849, the cartoon is set during World War II, with the implication that Elmer hopes to donate the gold to the war effort: "Oh, Susanna, don't you cwy for me, I'm gonna get me wots of gold, "V for Victowy!", not to mention a "Buy US Savings Bonds and Stamps" sign shown early into the short.
Bugs Bunny appears during the second verse and finishes it with Elmer, singing harmony. From that point on, in a role change from the usual, Bugs pesters Elmer without apparent provocation, as he did in Wabbit Twouble, from burying Elmer in the hole he was digging to cutting off Elmer's suspenders and revealing the girdle he's wearing: "Don't waugh. I'll bet pwenty of you men wear one of these."
Instead of fleeing, this time Elmer turns toward revenge, especially when he observes that Bugs has a gold-filled tooth: "I'm came hewe for gold, and I'm gonna get it!" A furious fight ensues, and Elmer comes up the apparent "winner", holding up a gold tooth, saying, "Euweka! Gold at wast! Heh-heh-heh-heh!" Elmer grins and laughs his usual laugh, and at the same time Bugs mocks Elmer with the same words, dropped-"r" and laugh, revealing that his tooth is intact and that Elmer is holding his own knocked-out gold tooth. So now it turns out that Bugs is the actual winner.
- A short clip from this cartoon can be seen in the opening credits of the Futurama episode "Love's Labour Lost in Space".
- It is one of the many handful of pre-1948 cartoons to fall into the public domain as United Artists failed to renew the copyright in time.
- This cartoon with Peck Up Your Troubles, and the reissues of The Merry Old Soul, Booby Hatched, Tick Tock Tuckered, and Trap Happy Porky has a special 1941-1955 MM ending cue. Both USA and EU dubbed versions keep the original end cue, unlike most special ending cues.
- Laserdisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 2, Side 5: Bob Clampett
- DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5, Disc 3
Additionally, since the cartoon has fallen into the public domain, it can be found on various unauthorized VHS tapes and DVDs in varying quality. It can also be found on video streaming websites.
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