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Rabbitson Crusoe is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes short released in 1956 and directed by Friz Freleng. The name and part of the story is a direct parody of Robinson Crusoe.

Rabbitson Crusoe
Directed byFriz Freleng
Produced byEdward Selzer (uncredited)
Story byWarren Foster
StarringMel Blanc
Music byMilt Franklyn
Animation byGerry Chiniquy
Arthur Davis
Virgil Ross
Layouts byHawley Pratt
Backgrounds byIrv Wyner
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • April 28, 1956 (1956-04-28) (U.S.)
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Yosemite Sam has been shipwrecked on a small island for 20 years, and with the ship's supplies used up, the only food source is a coconut tree on an adjacent island. Crossing between the islands, however, is difficult because of a man-eating shark named Dopey Dick (another parody, this time based on Moby-Dick), who persistently tries to catch Sam. However, Sam has gotten used to the wily shark's ways and keeps a few bludgeoning weapons on the islands on hand to drive him off.

However, Sam finally gets tired of having to feed on coconuts for two decades. Right at that moment, though, Bugs Bunny, himself shipwrecked, drifts by. When Sam calls out to him, Bugs paddles towards the island, only to be immediately put into Sam's cooking pot. However, Bugs douses the flame with water from the pot, so Sam has to go back to his ship to get another match. However, by the time he gets back from the ship, Bugs has left the pot, which is now occupied by the shark, who nearly eats Sam until the latter manages to whack him into flight with a mallet.

Bugs has retreated to the shipwreck, from where he taunts Sam. Sam tries to reach him first with a surfboard, only to be driven back by the shark; then hanging from a balloon, only to be savaged by the shark once again after Bugs lets him sink into the flooded cargo hold. As Bugs tries to leave the ship, Sam catches him and puts him back into the pot. Just then, however, a huge tidal wave hits the islands, sinking them. Bugs, adrift inside the pot, is soon joined by Sam fleeing the shark again. Bugs strikes a deal with him: in return from keeping him of the shark's reach (by a gaff's length), Sam has to paddle them both 2,736 miles towards San Francisco.

Home video releasesEdit

Rabbitson Crusoe has been released on the Warner Home Video laserdisc Wince Upon A Time, and the VHS release Bugs Bunny's Hare Raising Tales.

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