Operation: Rabbit

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Operation: Rabbit
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Production company Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date January 19, 1952
Run time 7:20
Starring Mel Blanc
Music composed by Carl Stalling
Story by Michael Maltese
Animation Lloyd Vaughan
Ben Washam
Ken Harris
Phil Monroe
Director(s) Charles M. Jones
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Operation: Rabbit is the two hundred and ninety-sixth Looney Tunes theatrical short. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and The Vitaphone Corporation on January 19, 1952. It was written by Michael Maltese, and directed by Chuck Jones.

Bugs is pitted against a "genius" coyote, who persuades himself to be "much cunning, faster and larger" than him. However, the coyote's words would be proven wrong once Bugs outsmarts him at his attempts to catch him.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Wile E.: Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Wile E. Coyote, genius. I am not selling anything nor am I working my way through college.
Bugs: I...
Wile E.: So let's get down to basics: you are a rabbit and I am going to eat you for supper. Now don't try to get away; I am more muscular, more cunning, faster and larger than you are, and I am a genius, while you could hardly pass the entrance examinations to kindergarten. So I'm going to give you the customary two minutes to say your prayers.
Bugs: I'm sorry, Mac, da lady of da house ain't home. And besides, we mailed you people a check last week.

Bugs: I have come ta give myself up, on da account of "I cannot fight no more against such genius."
Wile E.: A wise decision, my friend. You have just saved yourself from a fate worse than the frying pan.
Bugs: I have only one last request. I have made out my last will of testament, but I need a witness ta make it official! Will ya sign it on dis fountain pen?
Wile E.: Certainly, my boy! Delighted to be of service... (small chuckle) Very amateurish attempt at my person. Being a genius certainly has it's own advantages.

Wile E.: Wile E. Coyote, super genius... I like the way it rolls out. Wile E. Coyote, super genius!

Wile E.: Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Mud.
Bugs: And remember, "Mud" spelled backwards is "Dum!"


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Wile E. Coyote Mel Blanc
Bugs Bunny Mel Blanc



  • Collapsible door
  • Battery-powered Pressure Cooker
  • A big beefy club
  • Lump massager
  • Pipes
  • Cannon
  • Female rabbit decoy
  • Female coyote decoy
  • Acme Explosive Flying Saucer
  • Nitroglycerin-filled carrots


  • Tractor
  • Train



After his debut in Fast and Furry-ous, this short was the first speaking role for Wile E. Coyote. He was portrayed by Mel Blanc for the short and given an upper-class Mid-Atlantic dialect to contrast Bugs' Brooklyn accent.


The music was composed by Carl W. Stalling.


Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: January 19, 1952 in theatres

Behind the scenes

  • Wile E.'s eyebrows are brown in this cartoon, unlike his other appearances where they are cream-colored like his jaw and chest.
  • Bugs' final remark of "'Mud' spelled backwards is 'Dum'" may have been a reference to Serutan laxative, referring to the slogan "Serutan spelled backwards is natures".


  • The cigarette on the female coyote bomb decoy briefly flashes from white to green (the same color of the door at his home) when Wile E. romances over it.

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