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The Heckling Hare (1941)

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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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5 July 1941 (USA)  »

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Une vie de lapin  »

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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; he then 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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References Of Mice and Men (1939) See more »

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Frühlingslied (Spring Song)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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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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