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Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips is a 1944 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.


Somewhere in the Pacific, Bugs is floating inside a box, singing to himself. He encounters an island, swims towards it, and praises the peace and quiet, until bombs begin exploding. Bugs ducks into a haystack, but comes face-to-face with a Japanese soldier. The soldier chases Bugs all the way to a rabbit hole, where the soldier dumps a bomb inside. However, Bugs blows the soldier up with the bomb that he used. When the soldier tries to swing a sword at Bugs, Bugs appears as a Japanese general, but is soon recognized by his trademark carrot eating, prompting the soldier to ask him, "What's up, Honorable Doc?"

Bugs jumps into a plane and the soldier also jumps into a plane. However, Bugs ties the soldier's plane to a tree, causing the plane to be yanked out from under him. The soldier parachutes down, but is met by Bugs in mid-air, who hands "Moto" some 'scrap iron' which causes the soldier to fall. Bugs paints a Japanese flag on a tree to denote one soldier down. Bugs runs into a sumo wrestler, whom he confidently faces off against. After being beaten by the sumo wrestler, Bugs dresses as a geisha girl and knocks the wrestler out, who paints a second flag on the tree before passing out.

Seeing a bunch of Japanese landing craft making their way to the island, Bugs thinks of a plan to get rid of all of them. He comes out in a 'Good Rumor' truck, which plays Mozart. Bugs hands each of the Japanese an ice cream bar with a grenade inside it, calling them racial slurs whilst doing so. All the Japanese are then killed by the explosions, except for one who was later killed after redeeming a 'free' ice cream bar from Bugs. Having painted dozens of Japanese flags on the trees denoting all the downed enemy, Bugs comments again about the peace and quiet saying "And if there's one thing I CAN'T stand, it's peace and quiet!"

Bugs spots an American battleship in the distance and raises a white flag, yelling for them to come get him, but they keep going. Bugs is then furious about it and then says "Do they think I want to spend the rest of my life on this island?" With this remark, a female rabbit dressed in a more Hawaiian outfit appears saying, "It's a possibility!" Finally, Bugs then lets out a wolf howl, pulls down the distress flag, and goes running after her.

Musical Cues

  • "Someone's Rocking My Dream Boat"




  • As Bugs jumps into a hole while running from the Japanese soldier, he somehow misses the hole and passes right through the ground.

Controversy and Bans

The Japanese American Citizens League protested the short's inclusion on the Bugs Bunny by Each Director VHS, feeling it was inappropriate to market it among the more standard, family-friendly shorts. While MGM/UA initially defended their decision, they later voluntarily pulled the tape and the box set containing it from distribution. Later printings of The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volume 1 LaserDisc set replaced the short with "Racketeer Rabbit"

As a result of the LaserDisc withdrawal, Turner Entertainment banned the cartoon from television syndication in 1993 and is still banned to this day (even plans to have it air on the 2001 June Bugs that was supposed to have every Bugs Bunny cartoon ever made fell through when AOL Time Warner announced that twelve Bugs Bunny cartoons featuring racial stereotypes were going to be shelved. It was also going to air on a ToonHeads episode about the twelve banned Bugs shorts, but the series was canceled and the episode was shelved). In spite of this, the short did see limited broadcast on Toonheads during a special on World War II cartoons, but only in clips for three montages: one about how World War II cartoons had gags about and references to scrap metal recycling (the clip used was Bugs handing an anvil to a Japanese pilot parachuting down and saying, "Here's some scrap iron for Japan, Moto!"), another that showed how Japanese caricatures in cartoons were unflattering and cruel (the clip used was Bugs handing a Japanese soldier a round bomb), and the montage at the end that explains that, because of the outdated references and outrageous stereotypes, most WWII-era cartoons from Warner Bros., MGM, and Fleischer Studios are rarely shown on American television (the clip used was Bugs dressed as a geisha and flirting with the sumo wrestler).


  • The sequence of Bugs adrift on the ocean would later be reused in "Gorilla My Dreams" (1948) and "Rabbitson Crusoe" (1956), the latter which co-incidentally is also directed by Friz Freleng.
  • This is the final Friz Freleng short to feature Bugs’ original 1940 design created by Bob Givens, though director Chuck Jones would continue using his modified version of this early Bugs design up until "Hair-Raising Hare" (1946).



Bugs Bunny Shorts
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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 SupperAny Bonds Today?The 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 HareUpswept 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 CarolFright 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
1997 From Hare to Eternity
2004 Hare and Loathing in Las VegasDaffy Duck for President