January 13, 2009

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY OF THE WoT:

Bugs Bunny takes on Hitler and Goering (Filn in Focus)

Bugs Bunny went to Germany and crunched on his carrot in the faces of Hermann Goering and Adolf Hitler in the cartoon Herr Meets Hare, released by Warner Brothers on this day in 1945. World War II was coming to an end and the Merrie Melodies gang thought that a comic attack on America’s Teutonic foes in the global conflict could help bang the last nail into the coffin. The plot of the toon attack had Bugs accidentally finding himself in the Black Forest, where the obese, lederhosen-clad Goering is hunting; much mockery from the wascally wabbit – including him pretending to be the Führer by painting on a moustache and slick black hair – ensues after which Goering finally manages to catch Bugs and takes him to Hitler. (He escapes the situation by dressing up as Stalin.) Following the war, Warner Brothers imposed a ban on the film as a result of the flippant and dismissively derisive depictions of Hitler and Goering, as well as its portrayal of Stalin (who was an ally of America at the time of release).


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Posted by Orrin Judd at January 13, 2009 3:47 PM
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