Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 25th, 2008
Take an enjoyable historical break, sit back, and watch this just posted crypto-cartoon from 47 years ago:
The Abominable Snow Rabbit is an eight minute 1961 Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. The cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and co-directed by Maurice Noble, with a story by Tedd Pierce. (For whatever reason, the video version here is six minutes long.)
While the cartoon’s title, according to such sources as Wikipedia, allegedly “is taken from the phrase and horror film, The Abominable Snowman,” I must observe that knowledge of the Abominable Snowman was culturally widespread back then. Expeditions, cartoons, books, folklore, jokes, and news articles linked to the name “Abominable Snowman” were easy to find worldwide in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
This cartoon seems to be making a big comeback. Recently, FunkoVision produced a great collectible 7 1/2-inch tall figure of the Abominable Snowman from the cartoon, in this item:
I have the remarkable figurine in the museum. I love how it, indeed, is a good representation of the cartoon Yeti and “packaged in a retro-styled TV box with a clear plastic screen, twisting knobs, and a scenic background.”
The following information about the cartoon is from the Internet Movie Database:
The Abominable Snow Rabbit
Looney Tunes/Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck series
Warner Bros. Cartoons
Warner Bros. Pictures
May 20, 1961 (USA)
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.