Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: A 1942 Merrie Melodies cartoon includes a glimpse of Bug Bunny's phallus.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, November 2007]
Origins: Urban legendry includes many tales of risqué images slipped into children's cartoons by prankish animators or others involved in the production process. A few such tales are genuine; most of them are simply the product of someone's imagination and the power of suggestion.
The cartoon in question is a 1942 Warner Bros. "Merrie Melodies" effort, "The Wabbit Who Came to Supper," which features early appearances by Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. (The first true Bugs Bunny cartoon had been released in 1940.) The plot involves Elmer Fudd's receiving (when he has just cornered Bugs during a rabbit hunt) a telegram informing him that he stands to inherit
At about the 2:55 mark of the cartoon (just after Bugs steps out from inside a shower-curtained bathtub), the towel around the rabbit's midsection slips down a bit, revealing what some have claimed is the tip of a bunny phallus as shown in this still frame:
No prankery on the part of animators is needed to explain this imagery, however. The object of curiosity is simply the gap between Bugs' legs (just below his torso); the whiteness of the bathtub behind him and the curvature of the towel combine to produce an area that suggests the tip of a phallus.
Last updated: 12 December 2007
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