Big House Bunny (1950, USA)

Big House Bunny

I’d like to say that this provides some rare insight into prison life. I’d also like to be able to run 10km.Bugs Bunny burrows out of sight to dodge a hail of hunters’ bullets, and surfaces inside Sing Song prison. There are no other prisoners, just prison guard Yosemite Sam Schultz, a big gruff Warden, and a handful of emergency responders. Why Bugs doesn’t burrow straight back out is not clear. Tunnel vision, maybe.

You could say that this animated piece provides a commentary on the battle of wits between prison guards and prisoners that is not much different to films such as Porridge (1979) and Cool Hand Luke (1967). Or you can simply see it as a natural addition to the battles between the laconic, street-smart wabbit and a belligerent and dim-witted adversary.

Yosemite Sam Schultz in Big House Bunny

Posted on May 15th, 2010 at 9:58 pm. Updated on May 15th, 2010 at 9:58 pm.

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One Response to “Big House Bunny (1950, USA)”

  1. May 27th, 2010 at 8:25 pm
    Erin says:

    While ‘Big House Bunny’ does little to provide insight into prison life, I suspect it is aiming for a portrayal of the age-old struggle for power and dominance, with the prison a metaphor for life. It speaks to the use of violence as means of achieving social control. But, as depicted by Bugs Bunny, violence doesn’t necessarily lead to control. Bugs shows that a strong mind can free us, not only from our physical prison, but also our psychological one.

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