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Q: Bugs Bunny and Racism ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Bugs Bunny and Racism
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Comics and Animation
Asked by: drydem-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 30 Nov 2002 10:50 PST
Expires: 30 Dec 2002 10:50 PST
Question ID: 116856
When Cartoon Network showed June Bugs in 2001 there were 12 cartoons
that they did not show due to racist content.  What were these
cartoons and who directed them?  Also, any help finding them would be
most welcome.
Subject: Re: Bugs Bunny and Racism
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 30 Nov 2002 12:31 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Drydem and thank you for your question.

My search returned the following results for the 12 cartoons that
Cartoon Network didn’t show in 2001 due to racist content.

1. "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" 
Directed by Isadore 'Friz' Freleng (as I. Freleng).

“Bugs being hunted by a dopey Indian”


2.  "All This and Rabbit Stew" 
Directed by Fred 'Tex' Avery (uncredited)

"Bugs outwits a black hunter by challenging him to a game of craps,
eventually winning all of his clothes."


3.  "Bugs Bunny Bond Rally: Any Bonds Today?" 
Directed by Robert Clampett

Bugs "does a black-face Al Jolson imitation."


4.  "What's Cookin' Doc?" 
Directed by Robert Clampett

“This cartoon has a clip from Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt, and that's the
only reason why it's banned.”


5.  "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips"
Directed by Isadore 'Friz' Freleng

“In it, Bugs is trapped on a deserted island and has to grapple with a
ridiculously stereotyped Japanese--short, buck teeth, big round
glasses, slanty eyes and all.”

6.  "Herr Meets Hare" 
Directed by Isadore 'Friz' Freleng

This cartoon offend German people.


7.  "A Feather in His Hare" 
Directed by Charles M. Jones

“This is Bugs being hunted by an Indian. The Indian in this cartoon is
a much bigger stereotype than the Indian in "All This and Rabbit
Stew," so this cartoon has a lot more potential to be offensive.”


8.  "Mississippi Hare" 
Directed by Charles M. Jones

“The controversial parts consist of  some black cotton pickers singing
I wish I was in Dixie."


9.  "Frigid Hare" 
Directed by Charles M. Jones

A "dim Eskimo is derided as a 'big baboon.'"


10. "Which Is Witch" 
Directed by Isadore 'Friz' Freleng

“This cartoon does NOT make fun of black people. It does make fun of
the BEHAVIOR of savages.”


11. "Bushy Hare"
Directed by Robert McKimson

It features a "spear-throwing aborigine as the foil."

12.  "Horse Hare" 
Directed by Friz Freleng

“Bugs is fighting Yosemite Sam, and Sam has a group if Indians on his
side. This cartoon has many of the usual Indian gags. This cartoon
does NOT make fun of ethnicity. It does make fun of BEHAVIOR.”


I have located one cartoon which is in the public domain that you may
download. The other cartoons are out there but are not in the public
domain and are not authorized by either Warner Brothers or Turner
Entertainment to be distributed. Although this information is found
easily, according to Google’s terms of service, researchers are not
permitted to provide that information.

 “All This and Rabbit Stew” is in Public Domain. You may download the
cartoon from here after registering:

Search Criteria:
“Bugs Bunny” “racist cartoons” “Cartoon Network”

I hope you find this helpful and if there is anything that I've
written that needs clarification, please ask before you rate this

Best Regards,

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 30 Nov 2002 18:43 PST
Thank you for the 5 star rating and the tip! I am happy that you liked my answer.
drydem-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $1.00
all the information I need, thanks a bunch.

Subject: Re: Bugs Bunny and Racism
From: neilzero-ga on 01 Dec 2002 00:29 PST
Racism was funny and guilt free for most people before 1960, so don't
be too hard on the producers. Some had an agenda that was bad for
society, as do some people who were (are) pushing politically correct
in the past decade, but most were just doing their job without any
evil intentions. In my opinion the harm done is seriously exaggerated
and politically correct is funny.  Neil

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