All This and Rabbit Stew (1941)
Director: Tex Avery
Cast: Mel Blanc, Danny Webb
Synopsis: Bugs Bunny heckles a black hunter and escapes from a bear.
It doesn’t really bother me that by modern standards All This and Rabbit Stew is a racially offensive film, and it’s absurd that some people believe this film should never again receive a public viewing. People say we should never forget the war because if we do we will allow the same mistakes to occur all over again, but we must hide away evidence of the racism of our forefathers because it offends our modern sensibilities. The fact is every human being on the earth is inherently racist because we have the ability to perceive people who are different from us as just that. It’s one of those characteristics that sets us apart from the animals, and it’s the price we pay for possessing that intelligence. We’ve got to learn to live with it – not pretend that it doesn’t exist anymore.
Anyway – rant over. This Bugs Bunny cartoon isn’t that great because it is only fitfully funny. The log over the cliff sequence raises a laugh as does the early scene in which Bugs ejects a substandard carrot from his warren only to have a change of heart moments later, but other than that this is one of the more ordinary Warner Bros cartoons.
(Reviewed 20th July 2012)