Bugs Bunny and Hitler
If you've never seen "Herr Meets Hare," you really need to take 6 minutes today and watch this. It, er, heils from a time when the Warner Brothers' lunacy knew no bounds. During World War II, they created racy cartoons solely for American soldiers stationed in Europe that were full of expletives, X-rated images, scatological humor and other lunacy that would never pass military muster today. For instance, in "Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips," Bugs sells ice cream bars stuffed with hand grenades to Japanese soldiers he affectionately calls "Slant Eyes." Not exactly politically correct by modern standards.
In the 1945 "Herr Meets Hare," which was released a few months before the fall of the Third Reich, we get Bugs playing Der FÃ¼hrer (about 3 minutes in if you're pressed for time) and, later, Hitler himself makes an appearance. This brilliant mockery also marks the first time Bugs says the famous line: "I KNEW I 'shoulda' made that left 'toin' in 'Albakoikie." Also noteworthy: You might recognize the scene where Bugs is dancing with Siegfried after he enters to the "Pilgrims' Chorus" from Wagner's TannhÃ¤user. That's because it was later re-used in the classic "What's Opera, Doc?"
Final piece of trivia for you: The final quote in the cartoon, "Does your tobacco taste different lately?" - is poking fun at an old Raleigh cigarette ad that you might recall seeing in another classic episode of Bugs from 1946 called "Baseball Bugs."