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Tortoise Beats Hare (1941)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Family, Short  |  15 March 1941 (USA)
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An upset Bugs challenges the slick Cecil Turtle to a race.

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Bugs Bunny / Cecil Turtle / Chester Turtle / Turtles (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

In an unusual opening for a cartoon, Bugs wanders onto the screen during the credits and reads them aloud, mispronouncing all the names. When he gets to the title, he is enraged, and calls the crew "...all a bunch of joiks!", then adds, "And I oughta know. I woik for 'em." To regain his honor, Bugs challenges Cecil "Toitle" to a race. Cecil calls all his look-alike cousins who live along the race course, and they bedevil Bugs by constantly appearing ahead of him, making him think he's losing at every turn. The rabbit crosses the finish line only to find Cecil waiting there, wondering what took him so long. Thus begins a grudge match continued with rematches in _Tortoise Wins By A Hare (1943)_ and Rabbit Transit (1947). Written by runar-4

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15 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jänis Vemmelsäären kilpajuoksu  »

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Trivia

First appearance of Cecil Turtle. See more »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: [after reading title] "Tortoise Beats Hare"? Why those stupid joiks don't know what they're talking about! And I outta know, I woik for 'em!
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Crazy Credits

Bugs Bunny walks out on screen and reads the credits aloud, mispronouncing all the names. He becomes furious when he finally reads the title proclaiming his defeat for the entire audience to see. He then rips up the title screen, and the background appears. See more »

Connections

Featured in Behind the Tunes: Once Upon a Looney Tune (2007) See more »

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Athalie Overture
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played when the various turtles receive phone calls
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Cecil be da million
5 October 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Aesop's fable gets brought to life in the first pairing of Bugs Bunny and Cecil Turtle. I guess that you could say that Bugs Bunny has a tendency to let his ego get in the way of everything, especially since Cecil has friends in high - and low - places. A previous reviewer said that Tex Avery helped bring Bugs to his fullest potential here. I don't know whether I fully agree with that, but there's no doubt that Avery (or, as Bugs pronounces it: a-vary) had some neat ideas.

Anyway, the title explains how it ends. Some scenes in "Tortoise Beats Hare" were shown in the sequel "Tortoise Wins by a Hare". I suppose that no matter what happens, that'll never be all, folks. At least not for the Looney Tunes.


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