”Hunter’s Trilogy”

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    One of the names given to a well-known series of the following three cartoons, all directed by Chuck Jones and written by Mike Maltese:

        Rabbit Fire (1951)
        Rabbit Seasoning (1952)
        Duck! Rabbit! Duck! (1953)


    These cartoons, in one sense, owe a debt to the final gag from Arthur Davis’ What Makes Daffy Duck? (1948), in which switching hunting season signs likewise produced beneficial results.

    The first cartoon, among other gags, has the Joe Besser elephant, the cookbooks on how to cook rabbit or duck (“rabbit au gratin de gelatine under tooled leather”, “barbecued duck meat with broiled duck bill milanaise”, &c.), Bugs doing Daffy and Daffy doing Bugs -- an impressive feat by Blanc there -- Bugs in drag as a stacked huntress with her dog (read: “duck”) Gypsy, finally ending with the declaration of Elmer season.

    The second cartoon is best known for the “pronoun trouble” gag, in which Bugs trounces Daffy in a brilliant series of verbal battles, each time getting his beak blown in different directions. Bugs also dresses in drag here, doing a Lana Turner turn in order to get Elmer to plug Daffy yet one more time.

    The third cartoon is the cartoon that takes places in the wintertime, with Bugs using a long series of “     Season” signs to trigger Elmer into sending the duck bill into yet another series of grotesque angles, ending with a disguised Bugs convincing a by-now goofy Elmer that it is, in fact, baseball season.

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