Super-Rabbit (1943) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series

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CotD: An appar­ent par­ody of the Fleischer/Famous Stu­dios “Super­man” car­toons, “Super-Rabbit” is also rem­i­nis­cent of Super Mouse (later to become Mighty Mouse).

Super-Rabbit (1943) — Mer­rie Melodies Car­toon Series

Look up there in the sky! It’s a bird… naw, it ain’t no bird. It’s Bugs Bunny, Super Rabbit!

We flash back to the ori­gin of Super Rab­bit, where a sci­en­tist named Pro­fes­sor Canafrazz for­ti­fies some car­rots, which Bugs eats, and now he can “leap tall build­ings, et cetera, etc etera…

Not­ing the news­pa­per story of Cot­ton­tail Smith, the noto­ri­ous Texas Rab­bit, Bugs ducks into a phone booth to change, and comes out in a Lit­tle Bo Peep out­fit. Then he changes to a blue super out­fit and takes off for Deep­ina­hata, Texas. There he assumes the dis­guise of a “mild-mannered for­est crea­ture” with glasses.

He hops along­side of Smith. Even­tu­ally, they’re both hop­ping, and Smith trades places with Bugs. Smith tries to shoot Bugs, but he ends up with a rab­bit shaped pile of bul­lets. He tries a can­non­ball, and Bugs uses it as a bas­ket­ball, turn­ing Smith and his horse into Bugs’ cheer­ing sec­tion! (Bricka Bracka Fire­cracka Sis-Boom-Bah!)

Smith and the horse chase Bugs in a plane till Bugs needs a recharge and drops the super car­rots, find­ing that Smith and the horse have eaten them. Uh-oh. Bugs’ adven­tures as Super-Rabbit end abruptly when he becomes a real Super­man– a U.S. Marine.

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