|Hot Cross Bunny|
The title is an obvious play on the nursery rhyme Hot Cross Buns as well as a punny allusion to the basic plot.
Bugs is "Experimental Rabbit #46" in the Eureka Hospital Experimental Laboratory, a Paul Revere Foundation, which sports the unlikely slogan 'Hardly a man is now alive'. Bugs lives a pampered life, oblivious to the fact that a scientist plans on switching his mind with that of a chicken.
The scientist brings Bugs out to the operating theater, in front of an audience of fellow doctors. Bugs, of course, thinks he's been brought out to perform. He pulls out all the stops, singing, dancing, scatting comedy routines including his impression of Lionel Barrymore, and magic acts. Upon finishing each act, he looks around to see the unimpressed, stern-faced doctors in exactly the same frame position each time. "What a tough audience! It ain't like Saint Joe!" The scientist attempts to retrieve Bugs but is pushed away. He strikes Bugs with a hammer while the rabbit is in the middle of a scat routine, but Bugs quickly revives and, having failed as the entertainment, becomes a vendor instead, selling hot dogs to the scientists, only to be hammered again. Learning the scientist's intentions, Bugs runs and a chase ensues. Bugs hides in a closet, unaware there was a skeleton in there, and comes out scared. Then he makes a runs into a lab and mixes together a concoction whilst running from the scientist; after commanding him to stop, he reveals the concoction in his hand and warns him "One more step and I'll blow ya up!" He says the beaker contains "manganese, phosphorus nitrate, lactic acid, and dextrose," which causes the scientist to burst out laughing, "That is the formula for a chocolate malted!" Curious, Bugs drinks the entire thing and comments "Yum, Yum! I'm a better scientist than I taught!" Then he hides near an oxygen tent disguised as a Boy Scout and briefly fools the scientist. "That was me good deed for the day!"
Finally, Bugs is rendered helpless with laughing gas and placed on the table. With the metallic mind-switching caps on him and the rather uninterested-looking chicken, the experiment was ready to begin. At the last minute, he somehow cut the wire connecting to his electrode hat and the scientist begins clucking like a chicken, while the chicken with the scientist's mind states in plain English his hope that the experiment can be reversed, "In our next experiment, we will reverse the procedure, I hope." Bugs says, "Looks like Doc is a victim of fowl play!", and then, he laughs.
- (1996) VHS - Stars of Space Jam: Bugs Bunny
- (2006) Blu-ray, DVD - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
- (2018) DVD - Stars of Space Jam: Bugs Bunny
- (2020) Blu-ray - Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection, Disc 1 (restored)
- The ABC version shortened the part near the end where Bugs, the doctor, and the chicken are hooked up to the machine to remove the part where all three of them get an electric shock.
- Bugs' dance from this short would later be reused in the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Prom-ise Her Anything".
- Also when the doctor was going to get Bugs for an experiment notice the doctor's uniform turns blue, then turns blue again.
- The scientist would later appear, minus the German accent, in the Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries episode, "The Tail End?"
- Before the cartoon starts, the Warner Bros. Entertainment logo is shown in both the Stars of Space Jam: Bugs Bunny video tape and modern airings on CN and Boomerang.
- The working title was "The Rabid Rabbit"
- This was the first Bugs Bunny cartoon in the WB-owned TV packages (released August 1, 1948 or later) to be released.
- The cartoon was reissued on November 1959, in the 1959-60 season, around the same time that the short "Unnatural History" was released, with the original closing replaced. It is the oldest released post-1948 cartoon to be reissued. Most cartoons from 1948 were reissued in the 1957-59 season.
- The original "Bugs Bunny In" title to the cartoon was plastered over when it was reissued in the 1959-64 season. And this was due to the Merrie Melodies title being shorter than its normal length.
- This cartoon was supposed to be in the pre-1948 cartoon package due to production numbers, being before "Haredevil Hare", but since the cartoon was released after July of 1948, the cartoon somehow remained in the hands of Warner Bros.
- The cartoon has been restored on HBO Max with its original opening and closing rings, along with the "Bugs Bunny In" title.
- "Hot Cross Bunny" at B99.TV
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