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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 »

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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

Featured in Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943) 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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2 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Tortoise Beats Hare (1941)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Bugs challenges Cecil Turtle to a race and you just know who is going to win. This classic film from Tex Avery contains plenty of nice action and some great jokes, although in a way I find it rather hard to cheer for anyone from either side since both are cheating throughout the film. Perhaps that's just my brain over thinking things but this is still a very entertaining and very funny film. There are many great gags but the best are Bugs when he starts to go mad wondering how Cecil keeps passing him up. The final gag is also a winner. As good as this short is I think its sequel TORTOISE WINS BY A HARE is even better.


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