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Rich Hogan (story)
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Release Date:
27 July 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Elmer is a dim-witted hunter whose "wooking for wabbits." Bugs proceeds to confuse, bamboozle, and otherwise humiliate the poor simp. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
It’s Culture, Bugs: 10 Great Animated Musical Shorts
 (From SoundOnSight. 9 March 2013, 12:44 PM, PST)

Bugs Bunny Movie In The Works
 (From Screen Rant. 13 August 2010, 5:46 AM, PDT)

Bugs Bunny in Store for a Live-Action/CG Film
 (From Collider.com. 12 August 2010, 10:06 PM, PDT)

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One of the great landmarks in cinema history. After several false starts, Bugs Bunny is finally born See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in alphabetical order)

Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Skunk (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ... Elmer Fudd (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Tex Avery  (as Fred Avery)
 
Writing credits
Rich Hogan (story)

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Virgil Ross .... animator
Robert Givens .... character designer (uncredited)
John Didrik Johnsen .... background artist (uncredited)
Charles McKimson .... animator (uncredited)
Robert McKimson .... animator (uncredited)
Rod Scribner .... animator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Wild Hare" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
8 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (Nova Scotia) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #5995)

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Trivia:
The first cartoon with Bugs Bunny in his final redesign. Also the first real teaming of Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Elmer Fudd:[first occurence of this line] Be vewy, vewy qwiet. I'm hunting wabbits.
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Soundtrack:
Laugh, Clown, LaughSee more »

FAQ

Which series is this from: Merrie Melodies or Looney Tunes?
List: Warner Bros. cartoons nominated for Academy Awards
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
One of the great landmarks in cinema history. After several false starts, Bugs Bunny is finally born, 9 January 2009
Author: (andrew-goulding1@hotmail.co.uk) from Lincoln, England

It's a classic set-up. A round-headed, bulbous-nosed hunter creeps through the woods brandishing his gun, briefly turning to the audience to inform them "Be vewwy, vewwy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits". Coming across a rabbit hole, the hunter begins to dig while from an adjacent hole a grey bunny emerges, casually moseys up to the hunter and, with a breathtaking confidence that suggests he sees the hunter as no threat whatsoever, asks "What's up, Doc?" And cinema history is changed forever.

Tex Avery's 'A Wild Hare' not only created a universal superstar in Bugs Bunny but also remains the quintessential Bugs cartoon to this day. Mention the name Bugs Bunny to anyone and 90% of them will immediately picture a rabbit hole in a forest and Elmer Fudd stalking towards it. Not only does 'A Wild Hare' open exactly this way, the first line is Elmer's most famous catchphrase. When Bugs puts in an appearance, his opening line is perhaps the most famous catchphrase of all time. So the scene is set, the template established for a rivalry that will continue for decades. There's enough history in the opening couple of minutes of 'A Wild Hare' to make any serious cartoon fan's heart swell with joy but there's plenty more to recommend it. While it may seem like a comparatively no-frills cartoon for those who grew up watching the many, many variations on this set-up that followed, keep in mind that this was Bugs's debut and these now familiar routines are being tried out for the first time. Bugs has rarely been cooler or looked more handsome than he does in 'A Wild Hare', his nonchalance really striking a chord with audiences and ensuring his place in cartoon history.

While there were a handful of cartoons that predate 'A Wild Hare' starring prototype Bugs Bunnys, Avery's cartoon is undoubtedly the first time he was the character we all know and love and, therefore, clearly his official debut. Avery's expert timing, Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan's instant chemistry as Bugs and Elmer and a solid script by Rich Hogan all contribute to creating an Academy Award nominated classic and the smell of history that now lingers around 'A Wild Hare' makes it positively electric. 'A Wild Hare' is an experience to treasure which, for me, will never lose its heart-stopping air of excitement.

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