All This and Rabbit Stew (Looney Tunes)
All This and Rabbit Stew is a 1941 Warner Brothers cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and was one of the final Warner Brothers cartoons directed by Tex Avery. This cartoon is part of The Censored Eleven. Bugs Bunny is pitted against an offensive African American hunter.
Why It Sucks
- Instead of getting pitted against Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny is pitted against an African-American hunter who is a fullblown stereotype: large lips not unlike these of blackface actors, ragged clothes, being an doofus that has no wit whatsover and of course speaking in a "negro" accent.
- The African-American hunter isn’t a very enjoyable antagonist due to how slow and stupid he is. While Bugs has dealt with dumb antagonists before and after this cartoon such as Elmer Fudd, Beaky Buzzard, Yosemite Sam and Willoughby the Dog for example, however they're more enjoyable to watch than this Black hunter character.
- Slow pacing when compared to Avery's other shorts, especially during the dice game sequence near the ending.
- The ending is rather distasteful: Bugs takes a fig-leaf that covers the hunter after already winning practically everything the hunter had, leaving the unfortunate fellow naked.
- This cartoon was not a good way to end Avery's career at Warner Bros.
- As usual, good voice acting by Mel Blanc and Danny Webb.
- Some funny moments such as a skunk on the plunger, the log-over-the-cliff scene (which includes a brief "SUCKER" moment gag) which is repeated in many later Bugs Bunny cartoons such as "The Big Snooze", "Foxy by Proxy" and "Person to Bunny", as well as Bugs doing a wild double-take when the angry Black hunter confronts him at the cartoon's climax.
- While the ending gag is offensive, it is pretty clever as well, due to idea of Bugs grabbing something (in this case, a fig leaf covering the Black hunter's naked crotch) over the iris-out.
- Very excellent animation that will reflect the animation of Avery's career at MGM for its time as well as good music by Carl Stalling.
This was one of the many Warner Brothers cartoons, as well as the only Bugs Bunny cartoon, to be included in The Censored Eleven due to how African Americans are portrayed.
- Ironically, the animation of the hunter realizing there's no ground after running out of a log is reused in the Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd cartoon "The Big Snooze" with Elmer redrawn over the hunter, which is the last cartoon directed by Bob Clampett.
- This was Tex Avery's final Looney Tunes cartoon to be released, but not the last to be produced; the last one produced was "The Heckling Hare", which is what got him fired (Leon Schlesinger and Tex Avery got into a fight over that cartoon's ending).
- Do be aware that, however much the cartoon is seen as racist humor nowadays, jokes about and mockery of black people were much more acceptable back in the 1930s and 1940s, so this is more a case of outdated social positions rather than any intentional racism.