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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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Trivia

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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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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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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While Strolling Through the Park One Day
Music by Ed Haley
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Early Bugs Bunny Cartoon Looks, Acts Weird
19 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching a bunch of 1950s Bugs Bunny cartoons, it was shock to see him in this early 1941 effort. He looks different, with a more oblong shaped head (glad they changed that) and the artwork looks different (no complaints in that department with the nice watercolors- type look). The next thing I noticed was Bugs' voice. Even though it was the same Mel Blanc doing Bugs, the voice was deeper. Frankly, it didn't right, probably because most of us aren't used to seeing him and hearing him like this.

The story is one that was shown many times afterward except hunter Elmer Fudd was playing the role that a dog did in here, namely going after Bugs and the latter outsmarting him at every turn. The two animals making faces at one another was good, as were a few other comedy bits involving Bugs' ears or the dog's tail.

Bugs' rhetorical question sums it up best: "Let's see; what can I do to this guy now?"

Overall, a fair effort. I think these were better-written in the '50s, and what's with all the kissing? That's overdone.


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