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The Heckling Hare (1941)

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

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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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The first Warner Bros. cartoon to feature a Bugs Bunny variant intro. In this cartoon, a smaller Warner Bros. shield zooms in with Bugs reclining on top of it, eating a carrot. He notices the audience looking at him, frowns, and pulls down the Merrie Melodies title as if it were a window shade. See more »

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Bugs Bunny: Let's see... what can I do to this guy next?
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Featured in What's Up Doc? A Salute to Bugs Bunny (1990) See more »

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A-Hunting We Will Go
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preceding "Hare Ribbin'"
5 October 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

For years, the only Bugs-Bunny-razzes-hunting-dog cartoon that I knew was "Hare Ribbin'", which I had seen on MGM's video release "Cartoon Moviestars: BUGS!"*. So when I saw "The Heckling Hare", I was just a little surprised that Bugs Bunny had done all this once before. Then again, maybe it shouldn't surprise me that Bugs had done this more than once. After all, Bugs knows exactly what to do in these sorts of situations.

Anyway, this one has a hunting dog named Willoughby looking for rabbits and finding Bugs. So, Bugs spends the next couple of minutes playing every possible trick on Willoughby (even wondering what else to do to the poor canine). And no one - not even the audience - is safe from his jeers.

All in all, I would say that it was a good end for Tex Avery's Warner Bros. career. One has to wonder what else he would have done had he stayed with WB. I recommend it.

*For many years, MGM owned the rights to the pre-1948 Warner Bros. color cartoons. For this reason, the documentary "Bugs Bunny Superstar" was an MGM release. When MGM released it on video in 1988, they also released Cartoon Moviestars collections "BUGS!" (showing Bugs Bunny holding an Oscar), "DAFFY!" (showing Daffy Duck wearing spiffy sunglasses), "PORKY!" (showing Porky Pig driving a fancy car) and "ELMER!" (showing Elmer Fudd sitting in a director's chair). Among the other cartoons on these videos were "The Up-Standing Sitter", "Brother Brat" and "A Pest in the House".


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