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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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Tex Avery ...
Willoughby (voice) (uncredited)
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Bugs Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
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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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Une vie de lapin  »

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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) fell off an extremely deep 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 punch line 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 punch line. 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 »

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Bugs Bunny: Let's see... what can I do to this guy next?
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Featured in That's All Folks! Tales from Termite Terrace (2014) See more »

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A-Hunting We Will Go
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Avery, Maltese, and Bugs...what a team!
25 March 2001 | by (Great Lakes) – See all my reviews

Tex Avery finally follows up 1940's "A Wild Hare" with a worthy sequel, in which a hunting dog is sniffing for some rabbit and comes upon a certain wabbit hole.

After seeing him in four previous films, the audience has become more familiar with Bugs, so Bugs naturally starts to confide in them with glances and asides ("What can I do t'dis guy next?"). It works better than when Cecil Turtle did the same kind of thing in the previous "Tortoise Beats Hare." We don't know this little green lizard...why should we trust him? Bugs, on the other hand, we know by now is all right...and we can definitely trust him.

Not to say that Bugs isn't sugar and spice, of course. He still has a cocky streak to him, and at the end of the picture even sasses the audience. Could Bugs be the first animated hero that shows contempt for the people rooting for him?

Mike Maltese introduces some great gags in this story, and it's only a shame that he didn't work on any more Bugs cartoons with Avery, as they could have come up with masterpieces.


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