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Hare Force (1944)

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Granny lets Bugs Bunny come in from the cold, but her dog Sylvester will have none of it.

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Granny has just tucked Sylvester the dog in for the night when she hears a knock at the door. She opens it and sees a half-frozen Bugs Bunny, who is exaggerating his sorry plight for effect. Granny buys the act and lets Bugs sleep right next to Sylvester in front of the fireplace. But the jealous dog is having none of it. The first chance he gets, he throws Bugs back out in the cold. Bugs plays on the dog's pity to get back in but can't resist a dirty trick. When a snow sculpture of himself melts, Sylvester thinks it's the real rabbit and succumbs to paroxysms of guilt before he discovers the ruse. From then on, the two play a game of one-upmanship that ends when Granny gets in on the game. Written by J. Spurlin

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This dog, named Sylvester, is the same figure of Tex Avery's last completed Warner Brothers cartoon, The Heckling Hare (1941), this dog's name was Willoughby. There were three cartoon started by Avery, but after Tex Avery's heavy spat, about Tex's idea of air breaks was no humor to Warner Brothers' animation producer, Leon Schlesinger, led him to immediately resign and leave Warner Brothers then go to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, (MGM). All three cartoons started by Tex Avery were completed by Warner Brothers' animation director, 'Robert Clampett (I)'. They were The Cagey Canary (1941), Crazy Cruise (1942) and Aloha Hooey (1942). See more »

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The carrot incorrectly appears behind the flames of the fire in one scene. See more »

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Sylvester: I done a bad thing!
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Written by Herman Hupfeld
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An inferior forerunner for 'Kit for Kat'
3 November 2008 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Friz Freleng's 'Hare Force' is an inferior forerunner for his masterful 'Kit for Cat', which appeared four years later. 'Kit for Cat' pitted Sylvester against an unnamed kitten in a battle to be adopted by Elmer Fudd. 'Hare Force' takes the same situation but inserts Bugs Bunny in place of the kitten and a dog in place of Sylvester (although the dog's name here is also Sylvester,'Hare Force' predates the existence of Sylvester the cat by a year). Although it came first, 'Hare Force' is significantly inferior to 'Kit for Cat'. The situation feels ill-suited for a Bugs Bunny cartoon and the gags are largely routine. Sylvester the dog is an underdeveloped character who seems to shift too easily between intelligent and stupid when it suit's the storyline. 'Hare Force' is ultimately a reasonably entertaining but rather awkward short. Recasting the picture with more suitable characters worked wonders and 'Kit for Cat' was one of Freleng's greatest masterpieces. 'Hare Force' is little more than an interesting prototype by comparison.


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