Rabbit Rampage
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byMichael Maltese
Produced byEdward Selzer
StarringMel Blanc
Music byMilt Franklyn
Animation byBen Washam[1][2]
Layouts byErnest Nordli
Backgrounds byPhilip De Guard[1][3]
Color processTechnicolor[1]
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation[1]
Release date
  • June 11, 1955 (1955-06-11) (U.S.)
Running time

Rabbit Rampage is a 1955 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animated cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones.[4] The short was released on June 11, 1955, and stars Bugs Bunny.[5]


The short film begins with the animator drawing Bugs Bunny's hole, but abruptly relocates it to the sky, causing Bugs to fall out upon waking up. Bugs does not want to cooperate with the animator and attempts to retreat into his hole, only to find it erased. Frustrated, Bugs confronts the animator, who proceeds to depict Bugs as a coward by painting a yellow streak on his back. Bugs breaks the animator's brush.

Bugs threatens to report the animator to Warner Bros. Studios and accuses him of being a societal menace. The animator retaliates by drawing protest signs in Bugs' hands, provoking further panic from Bugs. After several failed attempts to resist, Bugs begrudgingly agrees to work on the film.

Fed up, Bugs walks away, only to find himself drawn into a forest scene by the animator. Amidst further antics, including anvil-related mishaps and head transformations, Bugs becomes increasingly exasperated. Despite his protests, the animator continues to toy with Bugs' appearance, culminating in Bugs being depicted as a horse.

Asserting his contractual rights, Bugs demands to be drawn as a rabbit. Eventually restored to his original form, Bugs warns the animator of potential consequences. However, the animator's actions escalate, leading Bugs to demand to see the boss. In response, the animator paints Bugs onto a railroad track with an oncoming train. In a final effort to escape, Bugs pulls down a card reading "The End." The scene shifts to reveal the animator as Elmer Fudd, who triumphantly declares victory over Bugs.

Voice Cast and Additional Crew

Production notes

Rabbit Rampage is a spiritual successor to the 1953 cartoon Duck Amuck, in which Daffy Duck was teased by an off-screen animator, revealed at the end to be Bugs Bunny. In Rabbit Rampage, Bugs is similarly teased by another off-screen animator, who is revealed at the end to be Elmer Fudd.

The cartoon inspired a 1993 video game for the Super NES, Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage, which allows the player to control Bugs, following a similar plot. A few clips from this short were shown in a trailer for the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 DVD set (seen on the Looney Tunes: Back in Action DVD), but was not included as part of that set. The complete short was released on the Volume 6 set of the series as a "bonus" cartoon.[6]


While not as a big of a success as Duck Amuck, the short has been fairly popular. A similar plot was also included in the episode "Duck's Reflucks" of Baby Looney Tunes, in which Bugs was the victim, Daffy was the animator, and it was made on a computer instead of a pencil and paper. It is done once again with Daffy tormenting Bugs in the New Looney Tunes episode "One Carroter in Search of an Artist", with the technology updated and the pencil and paintbrush replaced by a digital pen.

In issue #94 of the Looney Tunes comic (November 2002), Bugs Bunny gets back at Daffy Duck by making him the victim, in switching various movie roles, from Duck Twacy in Who Killed Daffy Duck," a video game character, and a talk show host, and they always wind up with Daffy starring in Moby Dick (the story's running gag). After this, Bugs comments, "Eh, dis guy needs a new agent."

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Webb, Graham (2011). The Animated Film Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to American Shorts, Features and Sequences (1900-1999) (Second ed.). McFarland & Company Inc. p. 294. ISBN 978-0-7864-4985-9.
  2. ^ a b "Rabbit Rampage (1955): Main". The Big Cartoon DataBase. Retrieved November 7, 2021.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Rabbit Rampage (1955): Cast". The Big Cartoon DataBase. Retrieved November 7, 2021.[dead link]
  4. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 274. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  5. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 60–62. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  6. ^ cartoonbrew.com Archived 2008-09-08 at the Wayback Machine
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