Rabbit Stew and Rabbits Too! (Looney Tunes)
Rabbit Stew and Rabbits Too! is a 1969 Looney Tunes short film directed by Robert McKimson. In this cartoon, a fox named Quick Brown attempts to capture a rabbit named Rapid Rabbit for supper. It is often considered one of the best cartoons released during the dark age of the Looney Tunes franchise.
Why It Rocks
- Even though the Seven Arts-era is known for having very poor animation, this short has notably better animation than most of the Seven Arts or even DePatie-Freleng shorts.
- Quick Brown and Rapid Rabbit are both extremely enjoyable characters and the chemistry with each other, despite being similar to the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, is unique for what the cartoons were at the time. Their designs are also on standard with something from late in the studio's heyday, unlike Cool Cat and Merlin the Magic Mouse.
- Lots of hilarious gags, such as the Rube Goldberg contraption at the end that can put the previous Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote shorts in the DePatie-Freleng-era to shame.
- Colorful and rich backgrounds, especially in comparison to anything else from the Seven Arts-era.
- Excellent timing and very fast pacing, countering a major problem with the late Looney Tunes cartoons.
- Catchy music from William Lava, marking one of his highest points of composing music for the series. It also doesn't sound stock-like and perfectly fits the theme of the short.
- Although the short provides a twist from the regular Road Runner formula by allowing Rapid Rabbit to attack Quick Brown without honking the airhorn, it is used sparingly to the point where it is still passable at following the Road Runner rules.
- Due to the lack of dialogue and the large amount of visual gags, it makes the cartoon stand out from the other shorts at the time, making it seem less of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon and more of an attempt to capture the cartoons of studio heyday.
The Only Bad Quality
- The short still suffers from rather obnoxious uses of Hanna-Barbera sound effects, much like every other short in the Seven Arts-era of Looney Tunes, although the usage in this short isn't as annoying as the previous Seven Arts shorts.
The cartoon currently has a 5.9/10 on IMDb, making it (along with "Skyscraper Caper" and, surprisingly, "Go Away Stowaway") the highest-rated Looney Tunes cartoon of the infamous and notoriously-panned Seven Arts-era.
The cartoon has three reviews on IMDb, all of which are positive.