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Hare Tonic (1945)

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Bugs Bunny tricks Elmer Fudd into believing his house has been quarantined for something called "rabbititus."


(as Charles M. Jones)


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Uncredited cast:
Bugs Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan ...
Elmer Fudd (voice) (uncredited)


Elmer Fudd buys Bugs Bunny from a meat market as he anticipates a nice rabbit stew. Bugs climbs out of his basket to tell him he's been robbed: the rabbit's gone! Incredibly, Elmer believes him. The dope eventually catches on when Bugs shoves him into the basket and then carries it himself. Somehow Elmer manages to get Bugs home, but the wily rabbit easily escapes. But wait! Why waste a great opportunity? Bugs returns to "heckle that character." He fools Elmer, through a faked radio program, into believing that there's an epidemic of something called "rabbititus" going about. Through Bugs's trickery he sees spots, a coat on Bugs's tongue and his own rabbity image reflected at him in a "mirror" that's really just Bugs after the glass has been removed. Dr. Killpatient arrives to help, but he has a suspiciously fuzzy tail. Still, it's we in the audience who may prove Bugs's ultimate dupes. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

10 November 1945 (USA)  »

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Hare Tonic  »

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1.37 : 1
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Elmer Fudd: Oh, this is tewwible. Trapped with a cwazy, contaminated wabbit.
Bugs Bunny: Oh, now doc. Don't get yourself in a dither. How do you know I'm contaminated? I haven't got no symptoms. You don't see no spots before my eyes, do you?
[Spots appear before Bugs' eyes]
Elmer Fudd: Oh, gwacious!
Bugs Bunny: My tongue ain't coated. See?
[Sticks out his tongue; it has a small overcoat on]
Elmer Fudd: Oh, my gwacious!
Bugs Bunny: I don't throw fits.
[Starts throwing fits]
Elmer Fudd: Oh, gwacious! Oh, my!
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Crazy Credits

The end title featured the rare occasion where the Looney Tunes drum would appear, but instead of Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny would appear inside the drum (which happens immediately rather than with a delay). Bugs is munching his carrot, says to the audience, "And that's the end!", then goes back to munching the carrot. This closing bumper was used only in this cartoon and "Baseball Bugs" (1946), another cartoon starring Bugs Bunny. See more »


Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #27.77 (2010) See more »


Russian Dance
Played when Bugs and Elmer do the Russian dance
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3 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Elmer Fudd returning home after getting Bugs Bunny from the grocery store, with every intention of making him into rabbit stew. But Bugs soon has Elmer thinking that he will catch Rabbititus from being around rabbits. This cartoon is hilarious and is among the funniest pairings of Bugs and Elmer out there. I enjoyed the playing with the audience aspect of the short as well, making me wish I had been alive way back when to see this one in the theaters as it was originally intended for. This animated short can be found on Disk 1 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 3 set.

My Grade: A

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