Rabbit Seasoning - 1952
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Elmer Fudd
Directed by Chuck Jones - Story by Michael Maltese - Animation by Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughan, and Ken Harris - Layouts by Maurice Noble - Backgrounds by Philip DeGuard - Voice Characterization by Mel Blanc - Musical Direction by Carl Stalling
The hunting routine from Rabbit Fire gets extended to extremes here to emphasize verbal one-upsmanship, which translates directly into shots in the head, inevitably directed at Daffy.
Dialogue originally written for Rabbit Seasoning:
Daffy: I wonder if Elmer is still around.
Bugs: I know a way to find out.
Bugs holds Daffy up through hole. There are shots. Daffy comes back into hole and says: I asked for that.
Dialogue actually in Rabbit Seasoning:
Bugs (whispers): Take a peek up and see if he's still around.
Daffy (whispers): Righto!
Daffy hoists himself up until his head is above ground level. Shots are heard. He drops back into the hole.
Daffy (dazed, his beak blasted into a magpie schnoz, in a Mel Blanc frazzled voice): Sthill lurking about!
Bugs: I tell you what, you go up and act as a decoy and lure him away!
Daffy (no longer sure what's being said): No more for me thankth! I'm drivin'! (drops)
Courtesy "Bugs Bunny: Fifty Years and Only One Grey Hare" by Joe Adamson, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1990
Thanks to Tweety Pie's Clipart Connection for the great Bugs Bunny pictures!
Thanks also to Karen Anne Taylor for the video still!
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