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The Old Grey Hare (1944)

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Elmer Fudd is taken far into the future (past 1990) and Bugs thinks back to when they first met as little babies.

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Elmer is in tears over his inability to catch a rabbit. A heavenly voice intervenes however and gives him a glimpse into the future, the year 2000 to be precise. Now old, he's armed with a ray gun, the Buck Rogers Lightning quick rabbit killer. Bugs has also moved on in years but he's still a few steps ahead of his old nemesis. He evokes old memories and once again Elmer let's his prey get the upper hand. Written by garykmcd

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Musical Director Carl W. Stalling's name appears in a newspaper article Elmer Fudd reads at the beginning of this cartoon. The headline reads, "Smellevision Replaces Television" followed by the byline, "Carl Stalling sez, 'It Will Never Work!'" See more »

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As Bugs digs "his" grave, he shovels the dirt to his left, but in the next shot, as he buries Elmer he shovels from the right. See more »

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[first lines]
Elmer J. Fudd: [crying] I twied and I twied, but I just simpwy can't seem to catch that old wabbit!
God: If at first you don't succeed, Elmer, try, try again.
Elmer J. Fudd: Twy, twy again? Yeah, but how wong will it take?
God: Come, Elmer. Let us look far into the future.
Elmer J. Fudd: Will I eventually catch the wabbit?
God: Come, Elmer. Come past the years 1950, 1960, past 1970, '80, '90... When you hear the sound of the gong, it will be exactly 2000 A.D.
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After Bugs hands Elmer the lit stick of dynamite, the cartoon ends, but you can still hear the fuse burning. As the dynamite explodes, the "That's All Folks!" card shakes wildly. See more »


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One of Bob Clampett's best
16 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I absolutely love The Old Grey Hare. While one or two parts do take a little too long to build up, this cartoon is still one of Bob Clampett's best, and when he is good, he is great. The animation is excellent. The colours are plentiful and very beautiful to look at, the backgrounds are both simple and imaginative and the character designs are convincing, particularly with Bugs. The music is energetic and rousing, exactly how I like it to be, with the use of the Light Calvary Overture nicely judged. Actually some of the gags work so well because of the music come to think of it, in particular the one with the tuba.

The concept here is an interesting one, when Elmer goes into the future and Bugs reminisces about babyhood. I was intrigued about how it would turn out, and it did turn out wonderfully. The story was well-paced more at the end than the beginning, carefully structured and maintained its freshness throughout. The Old Grey Hare also excelled in its humour, and I was surprised at how much there was for such a short running time. The sight gags are very funny, and the dialogue is witty and also has an element of cuteness without being too cloying. And the climax was both haunting and clever.

Elmer and Bugs work very well together. Elmer does have a persona of being dim-witted and somewhat naive, and while this persona is apparent what I liked especially about Elmer here was that the writers decided to give him a bit of pathos which gave a poignant air to the proceedings. Bugs as usual is great, rascally, smart, arrogant yet very likable and also here I thought he was quite cute especially as a baby. I can not write without mentioning Mel Blanc. He adds such a lot to these cartoons, and as always he is superb. Same with Arthur Q. Bryan, whose voice work makes Elmer even more endearing.

Overall, a wonderful cartoon, and one of Clampett's best. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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