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Fresh Hare (1942)

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In the Canadian North Woods, Bugs is wanted dead or alive and Elmer is out to bring him in.


(as I. Freleng)


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Uncredited cast:
Bugs Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ...
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The Sportsmen Quartet ...
Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)


Mountie Elmer is on the trail of Bugs who's wanted dead or alive, "preferably dead". Elmer gets handcuffed to a bomb. Bugs looks through all Elmer's keys but can't seem to find the right one... Bugs foils Elmer with tricks like the Elmer-shaped snowman. Finally Bugs lets himself be arrested. Elmer takes Bugs back to the log stockade and puts Bugs up before a Mountie firing squad. But Bugs starts singing "Dixie". The stockade becomes a field of cotton, and all the Mounties, including Elmer, turn into singing Negro minstrels! Written by David Steele

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22 August 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jäniksen metsästys  »

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Features, for the last time, the redesigned overweight Elmer Fudd of the early 40s. See more »


Elmer Fudd: [trapped in handcuff bomb] OHHHH! My keys! Where are my keys? My keys! Hurry up! Gimme the keys! Oh!
Bugs Bunny: [they're in his hand] Eh, what's up, Doc?
Elmer Fudd: Quick, get me outta this predicament, undo these cuffs!
Bugs Bunny: All right, Doc, keep yer shoit on, take it easy! Gee, he's an excitable type.
Bugs Bunny: Let's see now, the garage, the car, for the front door...
[wolf whistles]
Bugs Bunny: ... and the back door... Ah, here it is!
[bomb explodes]
Bugs Bunny: Oh, well.
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Gwine to Rune All Night
aka "De Camptown Races"
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Bugs, Elmer and the minstrels at the end
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"You couldn't catch me. Why, you couldn't even catch a cold!"
14 June 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Bugs Bunny is the last surviving rabbit in the countryside – or, at least, I presume this to be true, because Elmer Fudd seems to have killed and eaten quite a few! This particularly-rotund version of Fudd was a short-lived design used in five cartoons in 1941 and 1942, and was based upon the dimensions of voice actor Arthur Q. Bryan, who played him. In 'Fresh Hare (1942),' Fudd braves the snow and ice of the Canadian wilderness (where his added layers might actually come in handy) to capture the wanted outlaw Bugs Bunny, who is charged with a long list of crimes, everything from jaywalking to "conduct unbecoming to a wabbit." Of course, Bugs has little respect for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (colloquially known as the "mounties") and, as might be expected, has no intentions of surrendering without a fight.

This cartoon, while nothing particular special amid a vast catalogue of similar Bugs-Fudd encounters, has enough interesting and funny moments to keep the viewer entertained for the full seven minutes. After the inept hunter tracks Bugs to his rabbit-hole, via a trail of graffiti-vandalised WANTED posters (and a rather risqué picture of a woman), he discovers that finding the fugitive was only the beginning of his troubles. When Bugs finds himself handcuffed early in the film, we're certain that this couldn't possibly be the end of the struggle, and, sure enough, the rabbit somehow contorts himself out of custody and replaces his wrist with a fuse-lit bomb. Later, Fudd is stripped off all his clothing – well, almost all his clothing – and left completely exposed to the elements, while Bugs makes a quick getaway; there are also a few amusing visual gags with the characters' outlines in the ice.

Having seen Tex Avery's 'The Heckling Hare (1941)' earlier today, I noticed that here director Friz Freleng recycles one of the gags from that film, as Bugs' ears miraculously separate to avoid an obstacle as he darts through the deep snow. Most often nowadays, 'Fresh Hare' is noted only for its somewhat controversial ending, which has subsequently been censored by do-gooders to gloss over America's darker racial history. Personally, I didn't really find anything particularly wrong with the ending, in which Bugs bursts into a chorus of "I Wish I Was in Dixie" and the cast briefly performs a few lines of "Camptown Races" in black-face. True, it's completely random and doesn't contribute much to the story, but my greater annoyance, in any case, is with the attempt to alter the film itself, which I regard as cultural vandalism in a sense. Keep an eye out for the unedited version.

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