RABBIT TRANSIT (1947)
Article 4251 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Friz Freleng
Featuring the voice of Mel Blanc
What it is: Bugs Bunny cartoon
Bugs Bunny has a race with Cecil Turtle to Grant’s Tomb. Bugs thinks he has it in the bag, only to discover that Cecil Turtle has a jet-propelled shell.
The Bugs Bunny cartoons featuring his races against Cecil Turtle are somewhat odd entries in the Bugs Bunny canon in terms of his character. Here he’s neither the wild zany of his early cartoons nor the cool-headed master of all situations of this later ones. In these cartoons, his character is pretty similar to that of Daffy Duck’s in his later years; he’s ego-driven, underhanded, and given to temper tantrums. Granted, Cecil himself is no saint; he can be equally underhanded and can play the con man himself; in fact, he’s perhaps the only character Bugs has encountered several times who has proved the ultimate master of the situation. Well, whatever role these cartoons play in the evolution of Bugs Bunny, they’re still pretty amusing and full of great gags, and it is one of the better cartoons from Friz Freleng.