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The Heckling Hare (1941)

Approved | | Family, Animation, Short | 5 July 1941 (USA)
This time Bugs is chased by hunting dog Willoughby.

Director:

Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ... Willoughby (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Bugs is being chased again, this time by a dog named Willoughby. The clumsy mutt is incredibly stupid, literally falling for Bugs' cons again and again. Bugs becomes a bit overconfident in his dealing with the dog, though, and finds himself falling for his own tricks. In the end, cartoon logic wins out over the laws of gravity--or does it? Written by Mike Konczewski

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coelho Difícil de Ser Apanhado See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the cartoon that led to Tex Avery leaving Warner Brothers. The final gag of this cartoon originally had Bugs and Willoughby (the dog) fall off an extremely steep cliff, with Bugs telling the audience, "Hold on to your hats, folks. Here we go again!" Producer Leon Schlesinger didn't like the ending and cut it. According to Avery, Schlesinger thought the ending lines were too similar to the punchline of a then-popular dirty joke and therefore too risqué to be in a cartoon, and that the audience would believe there was a connection between the fall and the punchline. Avery was enraged and walked out of the studio. He was promptly suspended, and when MGM heard about it, animation producer Fred Quimby quickly hired him. See more »

Goofs

As Bugs and Willoughby fall screaming off a cliff, the carrot Bugs is holding vanishes for a few shots then reappears. See more »

Quotes

Willoughby: [Willoughby digs his hand through a knothole in a tree Bugs jumped into who then drops a tomato into Willoughby's hand causing him to think he killed Bugs] I... I crushed him!
[Starts sobbing]
Willoughby: I've done a bad thing, I crushed him, I crushed him!
[Cries hysterically]
Willoughby: [Places flowers at Bugs' hole as he turns to the audience] Flowers
[sniffles]
Willoughby: rest in peace, poor little bunny.
Bugs Bunny: [Grabs the flowers while talking in a falsetto voice] For me doc?, oh you darling
[...]
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Connections

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Soundtracks

While Strolling Through the Park One Day
(uncredited)
Music by Ed Haley
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Early Bugs Bunny Cartoon Looks, Acts Weird
19 April 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

After watching a bunch of 1950s Bugs Bunny cartoons, it was shock to see him in this early 1941 effort. He looks different, with a more oblong shaped head (glad they changed that) and the artwork looks different (no complaints in that department with the nice watercolors- type look). The next thing I noticed was Bugs' voice. Even though it was the same Mel Blanc doing Bugs, the voice was deeper. Frankly, it didn't right, probably because most of us aren't used to seeing him and hearing him like this.

The story is one that was shown many times afterward except hunter Elmer Fudd was playing the role that a dog did in here, namely going after Bugs and the latter outsmarting him at every turn. The two animals making faces at one another was good, as were a few other comedy bits involving Bugs' ears or the dog's tail.

Bugs' rhetorical question sums it up best: "Let's see; what can I do to this guy now?"

Overall, a fair effort. I think these were better-written in the '50s, and what's with all the kissing? That's overdone.


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