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Hare Ribbin' is a 1944 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert Clampett.

Title

The title is a double pun on "hair ribbon", with "hare" referring to Bugs and "ribbin'" meaning "teasing".

Plot

A dog with a Russian accent is hunting for a rabbit by sniffing a trail. He happens upon Bugs, who begins to torment the dog. This prompts a chase, which leads to a nearby lake.

Eventually, the dog corners Bugs and demands he give him a rabbit sandwich. Bugs obliges, and the rabbit places himself between two giant slices of loaf bread, with his legs curled next to his body. The dog takes a bite, and Bugs screams and fakes his death. The dog becomes instantly grief-stricken and sobs, declaring that he should be the one to die. With this statement, Bugs springs back to life asking, "Ehhhh...do you mean it?", and obliges the dog's death wish. The dog falls to the ground, Bugs plants a flower on his chest and dances away into the distance. As the cartoon is about to "iris out" the dog sits up, holds the iris before it closes, and declares "This shouldn't even happen to a dog!" He then lets the iris go, but it closes on his snout, making him yelp in pain.

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Censorship

  • This cartoon short holds the distinction of having two endings, both of which are too violent by today's standards to be shown on children/family-friendly television in the United States:
    • The original ending—Where the Russian Dog, distraught over Bugs' "death", wishes he were dead too, and Bugs obliges by giving the dog a gun so he can shoot himself in the head—once played in theaters to a general audience, is now commonly cut from television versions on network TV and cable TV (specifically Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, TNT and The WB, excluding an episode of Cartoon Network's The Bob Clampett Show, two appearances on Cartoon Network's New Year's Day Looney Tunes marathons in 2009 and 2010, and on MeTV, where the cartoon played with its general release ending uncut and uncensored). The edited version made it seem like the dog dropped dead immediately after Bugs says, "Eh, do you mean it?", making it obvious that something was cut.
    • The "director's cut" ending—Where the Russian Dog, distraught over Bugs' "death", wishes he were dead too, and Bugs obliges by pulling out a gun and shooting the dog through the mouth—was considered too violent by the Hays Office censors and was never shown in theaters or on television. An episode of Cartoon Network's The Bob Clampett Show that aired "Hare Ribbin" with its general release ending mentioned that "Hare Ribbin'" had an alternate ending that was never shown (and due to its violence, never will be). Despite this claim, the version of "Hare Ribbin'" with the "director's cut" ending was previously discovered on the fifth volume of the The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volume 5 LaserDisc set and is now on the fifth volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set as a special feature.
  • To a lesser extent, the general release version also added in a scene between Bugs using a triangle and saying "Come and get it!" to the dog relating to the "rabbit sandwich" and the dog about to bite down on the sandwich; Bugs Bunny looks at the camera and winks to the audience as he lifts up part of the sandwich and curls up to just beyond the dog's reach. This was presumably added in to assure audiences that Bugs was never in any real danger of being eaten alive, while the director's cut left it ambiguous.
  • Another change to the director's cut is that the tag scene, the panting scene, and the scene where the dog is sniffing Bugs Bunny are longer. Due to those scenes being shortened, the dog-sniffing scene in the general release version has an abrupt cut right before it.

Notes

  • Although this cartoon short is a typical Bugs Bunny chase plot, there are a number of things that stand out:
  • Bugs is pursued by a dog with a frizzy hair and a Russian accent. The accent is a play on The "Mad Russian" character originated by comedian Bert Gordon (with his catchphrase, "How DO you DO?") that was popular on radio at the time. The voice here is provided by Sammy Wolfe.
  • When the dog sniffs Bugs' armpit, he says "body odor" in a foghorn-like voice. That was inspired by radio commercials for Lifebuoy soap.
  • Early in the short Bugs is chased into a lake by the dog and the rest of the cartoon takes place at the bottom of the lake. This may be to set up a long gag in which Bugs disguises himself as a sexy mermaid. Bugs as the mermaid greets the dog in a high-pitched voice, saying 'hello, big boy', pretending that he fell in love with him. The dog also falls in love with the 'mermaid' and offers Bugs to play games with him. Bugs replies 'ok, Don Juan' and they play hide and seek together. The dog closes his eyes and Bugs knocks him with his mermaid tail, but that makes him even more happy and the dog and the 'mermaid' continue playing romantic games happily. The dog says to his love that is her turn to chase him and Bugs knocks the dog with his mermaid tail, sending him into a rock. The action remains underwater for the rest of the film.
  • In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker when Bruce Wayne's dog Ace is recovering from the Joker's attack he is watching the part of this cartoon where the dog thinks he killed Bugs and says "I don't deserve to live! I wish I was dead!" Coincidentally, this scene also was censored in some airings of the film (specifically, having him repeat the words "I don't deserve to live" over and over instead of his original dialogue where he whines that he wished he were dead twice.).
  • When Bugs Bunny tells the "chef" to get a Bunny, audio of the chef talking was captured from "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips".
  • The animation when Bugs dances away at the end is partially reused from "A Corny Concerto" which was released a year before this short.
  • The ending, where the dog says "This shouldn't happen to a dog!" and it closes on his nose, was later reused in Courage The Cowardly Dog's pilot episode.
  • The European Turner dubbed version uses the 1938-41 rendition of "Merrily We Roll Along" instead of the 1941-55 rendition.

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Bugs Bunny Shorts
1938 Porky's Hare Hunt
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 SupperThe 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
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