A Feather in His Hare
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byMichael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
StarringMel Blanc
Michael Maltese
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byKen Harris
Phil Monroe
Ben Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Layouts byRobert Gribbroek
Backgrounds byPeter Alvarado
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • February 7, 1948 (1948-02-07)
Running time
7 minutes (one reel)
LanguageEnglish

A Feather in His Hare is a 1946 produced Warner Brothers Looney Tunes animated short, directed by Chuck Jones.[1] It was originally released on February 7, 1948.[2] The title is yet another pun on "hair".

The short would be the first Bugs Bunny cartoon directed by Chuck Jones that used Robert McKimson's design for Bugs instead of the version Jones used from Super-Rabbit to Hair-Raising Hare, which was a shorter and slightly different version of the character.

Plot

The plot is a twist on the usual Elmer-chasing-Bugs cartoon, with the bunny's pursuer this time being a dopey Native American. The Indian's body shape, along with the glasses he wears, suggest that he is meant to be a parody of Ed Wynn, although the voice does not match.

Most of the episode is spent with Bugs getting vengeance by "thinking up some more deviltry for that Apache." At the climactic moment, Bugs, looking at the camera, says "Imagine this guy! Just who does he think he is to be chasin' me?", the Indian answers, holding Bugs at arrow-point, "Me? Me last Mohican!". "Last of the Mohicans, eh?", Bugs says, "Well, look, Geronimo, cast your eyes skywards." Looking up, he sees several storks carrying infant versions of the goofy Indian, and passes out.

Bugs, laughing hysterically, happens to cast his own eyes skyward, and sees hundreds of storks carrying infant bunnies, who shout, in unison, "Eh, what's up, Pop?" Bugs then passes out, falling on top of the unconscious Indian. Iris-out.

Voice cast

Indian's Screams are provided by Mel Blanc

Controversy

This cartoon was one of 12 pulled from Cartoon Network's annual June Bugs marathon in 2001 by order of AOL Time Warner due to ethnic stereotyping.[3] It used to be regularly shown on Cartoon Network's Looney Tunes compilation shows (specifically Bugs and Daffy and The Acme Hour) and was shown on other Turner-owned networks (TBS and TNT) in the days before Cartoon Network became a channel, but has now fallen out of favor due to the American Indian character being deemed a stereotype.

References

  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 60–61. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 181. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  3. ^ "The Straight Dope: Did Bugs Bunny appear in a racist cartoon during World War II?". The Straight Dope. February 5, 2002. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
Preceded byGorilla My Dreams Bugs Bunny Cartoons 1948 Succeeded byRabbit Punch