Southern Fried Rabbit (1953)

Genres - Comedy  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Director Friz Freleng's Southern Fried Rabbit, a Looney Tunes animated cartoon from the Warner Brothers studios, finds Bugs Bunny "Alabamy bound" in search of a bumper crop of carrots. However, when Bugs finally reaches the Mason-Dixon line, he encounters resistance from Colonel Yosemite Sam, this time playing the role of a Confederate soldier still guarding the line under orders from General Lee, 90 years after the fact. Colonel Sam does his best to keep the "fur-bearing carpetbagger" from crossing the line, but is outwitted by Bugs. Bugs leads him onto a local plantation, where he soon has Sam exploding himself with his own bombs and looking down the wrong end of a series of cannons. Most of Bugs' elaborate schemes involve a series of disguises, with the rabbit assuming roles like General Brickwall Jackson (who leads Sam on maneuvers directly into a well) and the beautiful Southern belle Miss Scarlett. Television broadcasts of this cartoon are often presented in a partially edited form, which removes a sequence that involves Bugs posing as a plantation slave and, later, Abraham Lincoln.