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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."

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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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J√§nistauti  »

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Bugs Bunny: [after Elmer gets "contaminated", he tries to take a shower, but no water comes out and it is then revealed that Bugs Bunny is the shower head] Goigle, goigle. Why don'tcha pay your water bill, doc?
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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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Russian Dance
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Chuck Jones directs a remarkably strong picture, considering his frequent stumbling early in his career; Elmer Fudd has never been stupider
11 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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. But it's we in the audience who may prove Bugs's ultimate dupes.

This is a very good short, remarkably so from Chuck Jones, who had not yet hit his stride in 1945 and was frequently bringing out interesting failures or tepid successes. Elmer Fudd has never been stupider; the hilarious business on the telephone is reason enough to see this.

This cartoon is available on the "Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume Three," Disc 1.


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