January 17, 2017

Here we are.



ADDED: Here's an older video of jack rabbits fighting.



It's interesting, I think — if you want to understand the art of film — that the first video feels immediately and continuously hilarious and the second video — much longer and with insistent music — may not even make you laugh at all.

My first stab at analysis is that the darkness and absence of context in the first video makes it feel abstract and allegorical, causing you to instantly visualize the rabbits as stand-ins for human beings: I know people like that. Silly people are like that. Hey, we're all kind of like that.

You go hurtling through important thoughts quickly. It's not a nature film of curious animal behavior. It's a horror flick shocking us with a harsh look at how stupid we are.

20 comments:

Rocketeer said...

You may not be interested in Watership Down, but Watership Down is interested in YOU.

Big Mike said...

It ain't funny to the jackrabbits and it sure wasn't funny to the loser. Did he lose access to female rabbits? Did he lose access to territory with plentiful food? He lost something that he didn't want to lose.

YoungHegelian said...

Notice towards the end of the video, there's fur flying. Rabbits have claws. Sharp, needle like claws. Imagine the damage two cats would do to each other doing that, & that's what's happening with those jack rabbits.

They're not boxing. They're trying to shred each other, like when a cat rolls on its back, grabs with its front paws, & starts kicking with its back legs, claws extended.

Ann Althouse said...

Fight Club.

The males are fully interested in other males.

Not to have sex with other males. But the pre-sex fighting is the meaning of life for them.

Fernandinande said...

The dogs chase jack rabbits - actually 'hares' - occasionally but give up after about 20 feet cuz they're too slow.

Fernandinande said...

2 chickens break up rabbit fight!

Curious George said...

I'm thinking if Obama and a rabbit fought, it would look exactly the same.

Ivy said...

they are hares .. which aren't rabbits BTW

rehajm said...

Equal time.

n.n said...

Mother Nature has a wicked humor.

madAsHell said...

Marquess of Queensberry Rules

LarsPorsena said...

Odd. Rabbits fighting but not one rabbit-punch landed.

Paul said...

Where was Wile-E-Coyote?

Freeman Hunt said...

The point of view is too far back to see the slashing claws.

It's funny because it looks like a slap fight.

Scott said...

Maybe when President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a rabbit, the rabbit thought that Carter was one as well.

It was the rich irony of nature. Or something.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

They have been watching too many Stevie Seagull movies.

Bob said...

On Facebook I saw the following comment, which was described as "winning the internet:"

"Every bunny was Kung-Fu fighting!"

Rockport Conservative said...

It made me think of Watership Down.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

Who knew! There were *two* Energizer Bunnies.

Saint Croix said...

It's not just looks like a slap fight, it sounds like a slap fight. A very girly slap-fight. This is Althouse saying, "Don't draft me! I fight like a jackrabbit!"