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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.

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

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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

Referenced in Bugs Bunny: Rabbit Rampage (1993) See more »

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Frühlingslied (Spring Song)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Nice Short
2 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Heckling Hare, The (1941)

*** (out of 4)

The hunting dog Willoughby is out sniffing for a rabbit and of course finds Bugs Bunny but soon he's going to wish he hadn't. This is another winning short from director Avery who apparently walked away from Warner after a falling out due to the ending here. I certainly don't know all of the details but I did find the ending here to be the best thing about the movie, although one could argue the actual payoff is a tad bit of a cheat. The rest of the film isn't among Avery's best work but I think it's still a good film. Both Bugs and Willoughby work well together and there are plenty of funny scenes including the before mentioned ending as well as another scene where the dog thinks he has killed bugs.


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