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Tortoise Beats Hare (1941)

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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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)  »

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Die Hasenwette  »

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Trivia

First appearance of Cecil Turtle. See more »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: Why you... you little blankety-blank-blank toitle... how did... you did... I didn't...
Cecil Turtle: ...and "how" about my ten bucks?
Bugs Bunny: Oh, alright; here!
[gives him the money]
Bugs Bunny: Onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightnineten! And I hope ya choke!
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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

Referenced in The Replacements: R2: A Tale of Two Rileys (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Athalie Overture
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played when the various turtles receive phone calls
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Cecil Turtle's first race with Bugs
30 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bugs Bunny is incensed after seeing the name of the cartoon. There's no was a small slow turtle can beat his wiry fast rabbit legs and he aims to prove it. Enter Cecil Turtle, in the first of three races he'd have with Bugs. The short is funny and it's nice seeing Bugs being the fall guy once in a while. I found it very humorous, yet I still maintain that "Tortoise Wins by a Hare" has the edge over this cartoon, as slight as that edge may be. This animated short can be seen on Disc 1 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 2. It also features an optional commentary by Chuck Jones via old interviews. If that's not enough it also features a SECOND commentary by Micheal Barrier.

My Grade: A


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