The Wacky Wabbit
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The Wacky Wabbit
The Wacky Wabbit
The Wacky Wabbit (1942)Title.jpg
Directed byRobert Clampett
Story byWarren Foster
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation bySid Sutherland
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • May 2, 1942 (1942-05-02)
Running time
8 min (one reel)

The Wacky Wabbit is a 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Bob Clampett.[1] It stars Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd (voiced by Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan, respectively).[2]


Singing a modified version of "Oh! Susanna," Elmer Fudd trudges into the desert looking for gold to support the World War II Allied victory effort. An initially unseen creature - it is soon clear it is Bugs Bunny - pokes its eyes into the empty sockets of a bison skull. As Elmer passes, Bugs greets him; Elmer merely tips his hat in response and continues his trek. Bugs then falls into step with him, harmonizing on "Oh! Susanna". After a big finish to the song, Bugs does a flourish and disappears into a hole in the ground, leaving Elmer stunned that only the skull remains. As Elmer is checking out the hole and pondering the strangeness of the situation, Bugs - once again wearing the skull - walks up behind him and utters, "What's up, Doc?" Elmer starts to explain what is bothering him but is suddenly scared by the proximity of the skull. After running off in fear (with the paint inside his outline somehow coming out as he dashes off), he returns and says, "That's that scwewy wabbit." He shrugs this off and continues his search for gold.

With a pick axe, Elmer digs a hole and drops in a lit stick of dynamite. Bugs immediately throws it back out, then the two engage in a 'toss it in/throw it out' battle until Elmer uses a zipper to close the hole. He then runs off and shelters behind a cactus, awaiting the expected blast. Bugs approaches from behind Elmer, taps him on the rear, reveals he is holding the dynamite, and asks, "Did you lose this?" Elmer reaches for the stick then recoils, realizing what it is. He cowers against the cactus and Bugs stands with a finger in one ear. The dynamite fizzles out harmlessly, but Bugs shrieks "BAM!" places a roasting pan lid on Elmer's head and bashes it with a ladle, then runs away.

Elmer grabs his rifle and gives chase. Bugs intercepts him and begins excitedly declaring that gold has been discovered, then reveals it is a gold filling in one of his teeth. Elmer naïvely dismisses the amount as inconsequential, as he also has a gold filling, then begins to lose his temper. Bugs makes like a swimmer as he enters a hole; Elmer adopts a sweet tone, trying to coax the rabbit out. He prepares to 'greet' Bugs with the pick axe. But when he swings it over his shoulder, it sticks in the wall behind him. Elmer does not realize this has occurred. When Bugs pops up, he sees the failed tactic. Using scissors, Bugs cuts off Elmer's shirt and suspenders, revealing his yellow and red polka-dotted boxers and a girdle. Bugs wolf-whistles at Elmer's attire and ducks back into the hole. Elmer breaks the fourth wall and says to the audience watching the scene, "Don't waugh! I'll bet pwenty of you men would wear one of these!" After pulling his clothes back on he declares, "That's the wast stwaw." He dives into the hole as Bugs pops out of the ground beside it.

Bugs calls down asking Elmer where he is; we see Elmer's eyes, looking distressed, as he indicates he is at the bottom of the hole. "Too bad," Bugs says and proceeds to unapologetically bury Elmer ("Ain't I a stinker?"). Bugs ambles off but meets up with Elmer, who has dug himself out and is now livid. He is determined to get the gold he came for and now targets Bug's tooth. After a skirmish, Elmer emerges with a gold tooth in hand. When he smiles, it is clear the tooth is his own and it is also clear Bugs' tooth is still intact. Elmer remains oblivious, however, as the camera irises out with a glimmer.

Home media

Additionally, since the cartoon has fallen into the public domain, it can be found on various unauthorized VHS tapes and DVDs in varying quality.

UK release

VHS Title Release Date VHS Studio Episodes
Hollywood Cartoon Superstars - Volume 4 September 1989
Virgin Video And Maple Entertainment
Vision Video Ltd. VVL And Maple Entertainment
The Wacky Wabbit (Compilation Cartoon VHS with 'Bugs Bunny', 'Daffy Duck', 'Porky Pig', 'Elmer Fudd', 'Casper', 'Felix The Cat' and 'Mighty Mouse'. - Bugs Bunny: Case of the Missing Hare, Porky Pig: Porky's Railroad, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig: Yankee Doodle Daffy, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd: The Wacky Wabbit, Casper: The Friendly Ghost, Felix The Cat: Neptune Nonsense and Mighty Mouse: Wolf! Wolf!.)


See also


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 142. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 60-61. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 2020.

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