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Hare Tonic (1945)

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

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Bugs Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
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Elmer Fudd (voice) (uncredited)
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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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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 »

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

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Vo sadu li, v ogorode
("In my garden") (uncredited)
Traditional Russian song
Played when Bugs and Elmer do the Russian dance
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we as a society are TOO worried about diseases
2 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

Clearly nothing was sacred to the Termite Terrace Crowd. In "Hare Tonic", Bugs Bunny tricks Elmer Fudd into thinking that the latter has a rampaging, deadly disease called "rabbit-itus", going so far as to paint dots all over the room to convince Elmer. How fun it would be to try that! Of course, Elmer - the sap that he is - believes just about anything, so maybe it wouldn't be so easy in real life.

I have to say that beyond being just a wacky cartoon, this one brings up the issue - if inadvertently - about how our society is too afraid of diseases, and we focus on the wrong things. People do things like put toilet paper on the toilet seat; it turns out that there are more germs on a computer keyboard than on a toilet seat. And anyway, we should focus on fighting terrorism while protecting civil liberties.

But I digress. It's a really funny cartoon.


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