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Hare Tonic (1945)

TV-G  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  10 November 1945 (USA)
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Bugs Bunny tricks Elmer Fudd into believing his house has been quarantined for something called "rabbititus."

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

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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10 November 1945 (USA)  »

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Hasinitis  »

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Quotes

Bugs Bunny: [as Dr. Kilpatient] Okay Doc let me test your reflexes,
[hits his knee with a mallet]
Bugs Bunny: first this one,
[hits his other knee]
Bugs Bunny: than that one, this one, that one, this one, that one
[Bugs and Elmer go off into a Russian Dance]
Bugs Bunny: Hey!
Elmer Fudd: [suddenly realizing] Hey you're not a doctor you're that scwewy wabbit!
Bugs Bunny: [continues dancing] Hey!
[Elmer whips out a shotgun and shoots at him]
[...]
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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 »

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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Russian Dance
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played when Bugs and Elmer do the Russian dance
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A brilliant cartoon!! :-)
10 January 2010 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I immensely enjoyed this cartoon, even though there were many Looney Tunes "cliches" involved and there was a predictable storyline, there were many clever verbal jokes, fast-paced and amusing slapstick jokes (there was not much slapstick, but what there was, was good) and the involvement with the audience (even for nowadays, as Bugs Bunny references to cinemas) works very well. I felt quite sorry for Elmer Fudd in this cartoon, but it made me like the cartoon more as often I do not feel particularly sympathetic for him, great character that he is.

The episode begins when Elmer is walking to his home with a basket full of carrots and a rabbit for his rabbit stew. Bugs Bunny does the traditional "what's in the basket?" joke, going out of the basket and making Elmer look inside it, then wondering where the rabbit has gone etc. Eventually, Elmer manages to take Bugs Bunny to his house and starts preparing the stew. Bugs Bunny pulls a fast one by faking a telephone ring with a bell within reach. While Elmer repeatedly says "hewo?" into the telephone, Bugs Bunny escapes, but then decides he wants to go back and earn revenge on Elmer...

I highly recommend this cartoon to any Bugs Bunny fan and to people who enjoy Looney Tunes in general. If you prefer slapsticky Looney Tunes episodes I do not recommend this so highly. Enjoy "Hare Tonic"! :-)


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