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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Referenced in The Simpsons: Homer the Father (2011) See more »

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Sleep, Baby, Sleep
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While Bugs look a little off, 'Hare Force' is still great, thoroughly enjoyable stuff
1 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Bugs Bunny has always been one of animation's best, funniest, most interesting and most iconic characters. While Chuck Jones perhaps had the larger amount of masterpieces, Fritz Freleng was still responsible for some thoroughly enjoyable to great cartoons.

While both Bugs and Freleng have done better cartoons than 'Hare Force', there is still a huge amount to enjoy and love. My only real complaint in fact is the character design of Bugs, it has been said that Bugs does look off and personally have to agree, the design is a bit scrappy and the movement has been smoother since.

That aside, the animation is fine. The colours are vibrant, the backgrounds very meticulous in detail and the drawing fluid and very smooth.

Carl Stalling never disappoints and one of my favourite composers in cartoon history, 'Hare Force' does nothing to change that perception. Anybody expecting luscious orchestration, characterful rhythms, clever use of instrumentation and sounds and the ability to elevate gags to a greater level rather than just adding to it will find all of those aplenty.

Dialogue is high and delicious in freshness and wit, and the gags are beautifully animated, high in energy and with not a single misfire. Bugs, despite the design, doesn't disappoint in personality and humour, and Sylvester is a very amusing foil and interacts wonderfully with Bugs, even if Bugs is the funnier and more interesting character.

Voice acting is terrific all round, especially from Mel Blanc.

Overall, great, thoroughly enjoyable cartoon if not among the best from either Bugs or Freleng. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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