Saturday, January 13, 2024

The Rabbit Died

May 22, 1965
You may know Br'er Rabbit from Disney's Song of the South, the mostly banned movie from 1946 that retells three Br'er Rabbit stories with animated characters amidst a live-action backdrop. I have a bootleg VHS tape of Song of the South that I got at a comic book convention. Well, technically my mom got it. I don't know what to do with it. It's currently sitting on a bookshelf. I can't watch it, I don't have a VCR.

The movie has seen a resurgence lately of people claiming this is a great movie despite its racist undertones. It's a mediocre Disney movie but it has its charm. If you genuinely like it, fine. If you like it because it's kind of racist, then you can eat farts. We're not losing anything by banning Song of the South.

Speaking of rabbits in comics, the Bugs Bunny comic strip debuted back on January 10th in 1943. The strip would run until 1990. Here's the debut strip.
This is a very "of-the-times" comic. Bugs knows he didn't have to get beat up to let Petunia practice on him, right? Maybe it's some sort of fetish. No judgement here. But I want to talk about a very specific period of Bugs Bunny comics. Specifically, the comics by Alfred Stoffel and Ralph Heimdahl. It's so weird because Bugs and Elmer Fudd are in some sort of co-habitation situation (they're just roommates!). Bugs can't even seem to keep a job yet seems to have a career at some faceless corporation. The main pig character as some brat named Cicero and occasionally Petunia, and Sylvester was a homeless bum always trying to skim a meal. It's weird and Warner Bros. needs to put out a collection of this stuff.

All of this is really just so I can further avoid today's Born Loser. I don't have anything more to say about since the first time I talked about it. I apologize in advance for Gladys' shirt.
Brutus and Gladys are only budgeted to live until 63.