"Rabbit's Feat" (1960) Breakdown Thread

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"Rabbit's Feat" (1960) Breakdown Thread

Postby Sean Gaffney » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:48 am

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Directed by: Chuck Jones
Story: Michael Maltese (uncredited)
Animation: Ken Harris, Richard Thompson
Layouts and Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voice Characterizations: Mel Blanc
Music: Milt Franklyn

Series: Looney Tunes
Release Date: June 4, 1960
Production Number: 1532
MPAA Number: 19378

Synopsis: Wile E. Coyote has found his voice, and therefore is setting off after Bugs Bunny rather than the Road Runner. Bugs, in a particularly silly mood all cartoon, does his best to pit the coyote against surrealism. A relaxed air permeates the whole cartoon, with the Coyote and Bugs trading ideas on how to capture him and then rejecting them at one point, until finally things heat up when the Coyote brings out shotguns and grenades. The result, of course, remains the same.

Video Availability:
Road Runner & Wile E Coyote: Scrapes of Wrath VHS (WHV; 1994)

Music Used:
Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (aka Brahms' Lullaby) (Johannes Brahms). 1868.
A Cup of Coffee, a Sandwich and You (Billy Rose/Al Dubin/Joseph Meyer). From the Broadway revue Charlot Revue, 1925.
The Fountain in the Park (Ed Haley). 1884.

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Featuring a notoriously wacky Bugs, who feels more like a 1940s character at times, though he still has his post-1955 nonchalance.
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Postby The "Chase" » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:13 am

Didn't Chuck Jones wrote this one?

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Postby Glowworm » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:58 am

The most bizarre and amusing part has to be the "Daddy, you're back from Peru!" bit--where on Earth did they come up with that? It seems so random.
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Postby Cartoonfanatic201 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:58 am

Did Ken Harris and Dick Thompson animate this whole cartoon all by themselves? or there were some Uncredited Animators?

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Postby LooneyTunerIan » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:01 am

You know, this is the second time Wilke E. refers his name as MUD.

Like in Operation: RABBIT

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Postby Brandon Panther » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:17 am

Arguably the worst of the Bugs/Wile E. pair-ups, although I know Hare-Breadth Hurry doesn't have many fans either.

The "Back from Peru" line, might have been in reference to many businessman traveling to foreign countries to make business deals with other countries, and were usually gone for weeks. But, I'm just guessing on that.
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Postby The Spectre » Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:16 pm

Cartoonfanatic201 wrote:Did Ken Harris and Dick Thompson animate this whole cartoon all by themselves? or there were some Uncredited Animators?


"High Note" has the same animation credits. I guess this was after Abe Levitow and Ben Washam... wherever they went, but before Bob Bransford was promoted to full animator and Tom Ray was moved over from the McKimson unit.

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Postby Zartok-35 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:03 am

Cartoonfanatic201 wrote:Did Ken Harris and Dick Thompson animate this whole cartoon all by themselves?

They sure did.

Wile E's introductory monologue, picnic scenes -Dick Thompson
Wile E at cooking pot, Bugs pretends coyote is father -Ken Harris
Bugs and Coyote lay on rock scheming -Dick Thompson
Coyote gets the shotgun, grenades down the rabbit hole, "Don't take life to seriously, you'll never get out of it alive." -Ken Harris
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