Relaxing with a carrot at an army air field, Bugs is reading "Victory Through Hare Power," and scoffs at the notion of "gremlins," little creatures who wreak havoc on planes with their "dia-bo-lickal sabo-tay-gee." His reading is interrupted by a clanging sound, and it turns out to be a little wing-headed being pounding on a bockbuster bomb with a mallet. Written by
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In the early 1940s Walt Disney was developing a feature film based on Roald Dahl's book "Gremlin Lore", and asked the other studios to refrain from producing gremlin films. While most of the studios complied, Warner Bros. already had two cartoons too far into production - this cartoon and Russian Rhapsody (1944). As a compromise, Leon Schlesinger re-titled the cartoons to remove any reference to gremlins. The original title was "Bugs Bunny and the Gremlin". See more »
[as Bugs sees the gremlin hitting the bomb, trying to detonate it, with a mallet]
Hey, let me give a whack at it?
[Just as Bugs was about to hit it, in a louder voice in shock]
HEY, WHAT AM I DOING?
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Not my favourite episode, but this had its good parts.
One of many Looney Tunes cartoons set and made during the Second World War, "Falling Hare" does not show any fighting (unlike in some shorts at the time) but has many references to what was happening at the time. Looney Tunes was at first geared for adults, so cartoons that had references to the time at hand were not disapproved as they usually are today (of course, children would have watched this as well).
I like this short because of the entertaining, quite early Bugs Bunny (he still had a different voice), the animation and some of the gags. I find the gremlin quite unnecessary, why the makers of this short wanted to include him I do not know, but without the gremlin the jokes would be geared in a much different way. The humour is slightly similar to that of humour today, but with a more old fashioned note.
The episode starts with Bugs reading a book about creatures called gremlins. He thinks they are definitely not real, until he sees one trying to make a bomb explode. Quite a few troubles follow.
I recommend this to anyone who likes every Bugs Bunny episode and for people who are interested in watching early episodes. Enjoy "Falling Hare"! :-)
NOTE: For anyone who watches this cartoon, be aware that Bugs Bunny is a bit (to put it plainly) thick in this short. This has already been a slight disappointment to Bugs Bunny fans, but as long as you know it, it should be OK. ;-)
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