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Directed by the wonderful Isadore "Friz" Freleng, "A Hare Grows in
Manhattan" is a fine Bugs Bunny cartoon that describes how the wascawwy
wabbit came to make his mark in the pantheon of Hollywood stars. It
wasn't easy, as he had to protect himself from a menacing canine mob.
Highlights: Bugs' tap dancing & singing "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady" is brilliant. (Friz Freleng knew he could always rely on animator Gerry Chiniquy to take care of any dance sequences in his cartoons.) Bugs conceals himself within a hilarious Egyptian cigarette ad featuring a catchy Latin percussion rhythm. And finally, "Dog pile on the rabbit!"
Last but not least, "A Hare Grows in Manhattan" features a great music score by the unfortunately underrated Carl W. Stalling, in particular not only during the aforementioned cigarette ad but also during the ascending elevator ride and during Bugs' hop on all fours (featuring some dissonant clarinets).
Now a big star living in the wealthy suburbs of LA with the other movie
stars, Bugs is approached by the press to print his autobiography. Bugs
tells the story of how he was born in humble surroundings in the Lower East
Side, in particular an interaction with a group of dogs when he was a young
This film opens well, with a knowing star expose of Bugs in his `real life ` personae as film star, having been in so many cartoons. We take the chance to hear his life story, although in reality this only serves to set up a scene between Bugs and a big rough East Side bulldog. The action is typical for Bugs cartoons and is pretty enjoyable, the film never really makes great use of it being in New York only really using general buildings as opposed to landmarks but this isn't a real problem.
Bugs is his usual self and is funny for it. The bulldog is not one of his strongest foils but is a strong character and works well with Bugs to create funny scenes throughout the film. The film has plenty of nice jokes; including one about dogs and `A tree grows in Brooklyn' which I've seen before in a Pepe Le Phew film!
Overall an enjoyable short that Bugs fans will like as it delivers all that we love him for!
To fellow reviewers here: the title is there only because this is a
play-on-words of the 1945 classic movie and best-selling book, "A Tree
Grows In Brooklyn." So, Bugs growing up in Manhattan despite a Brooklyn
accent is meaningless....not to be taken literally. It's all about
fooling with the title name and nothing more. (Yes, Bugs IS from
The story is told in flashback as some Hollywood celebrity magazine interviewer is visiting Bugs' digs and asking about publishing his life story. Bugs quickly dons a robe and sunglasses and plays the "star" to the hilt, and relays his story about growing up in New York City.
Funny "bits" include Baby Bugs popping out of a flower plant holder sucking a carrot with a nipple on the end of it; the "He went that way" sign on electronic ticker-tape-type message board; the elevator zig-zagging up the skyscraper; Bugs doing his Egyptian dance, and finally, the plug for "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" book.
More than the cartoon story, I enjoyed the artwork in here. Many of the Manahattan buildings and streets were beautifully painted. One shot has the Stork Club will the the striped canapé with yellow, red and brown buildings next to it. I froze the frame it looked an Edward Hopper painting - just magnificent artwork.
I have seen one or two episodes of Bugs Bunny where he is interviewed
by press about his background history/career and I think this is the
first one made. I enjoyed this episode very much so, Bugs Bunny as a
young rabbit in Manhattan was a sweet character when dancing and he
does a good job of avoiding his pursuers as well as he does in most of
his episodes (except here Elmer is not pursuing Bugs in a wood, it is a
stray dog pursuing Bugs in New York City). There are quite a few good
jokes in this episode, the animation is all right and the idea is one
that is clever and original (even if I myself have already seen a few
episode on the same premise).
The cartoon opens with a very strange woman interviewer saying that they will meet the Hollywood Star Bugs Bunny. They first encounter him in his burrow (right next to palm trees and a SWIMMING POOL) and he has to dress into clothes that are not pyjamas for the interviewer. He then tells about his young life in Manhattan...
I recommend this episode to people who like Bugs Bunny and to people who like Looney Tunes in general. Enjoy "A Hare Grows in Manhattan"! :-)
Friz Freleng's 'A Hare Grows in Manhattan' starts out with a promising premise and then reverts to a straightforward and largely uninspired chase picture. Opening as a Celebrity Lives TV show which interviews Bugs Bunny about his early years, 'A Hare Grows in Manhattan' virtually abandons this idea immediately for a chase between Bugs and a tough street dog. Although this is meant to take place during Bugs's formative years, there's really nothing to distinguish it from the average Bugs Bunny cartoon. There's a few nice little moments here and there but 'A Hare Grows in Manhattan' is nothing special at all. Robert McKimson would take a better (if not entirely successful) stab at Bugs's life story in 'What's Up Doc?', which at least ran with its original concept instead of lapsing into predictable antics which render the opening sequence entirely insignificant.
One of the ways to make a character a 'hero' is to make trouble find the
character, instead of the character looking for trouble.
In this short, Bugs is encountered by a group of New York 'toughs' who just happen to be dogs.
This short is most noticeable for one of the early introductions of Spike, the big dog wearing the derby and sweater, later paired up with Chester in their own couple of shorts. This is a fun short, so if you get the chance, definitely watch it. 8/10.
The famous Bugs Bunny, the much loved and adored movie star, is interviewed at his Hollywood home.He tells about his life, starting from when he was just a little bunny in Manhattan.And then he tells about his encounter with the dogs.Guess who wins.A Hare Grows in Manhattan (1947) is directed by Friz Freleng.Mel Blanc is the voice of Bugs Bunny, as usual.Bea Benaderet is Lola Beverly.Dogs' voices are provided by Michael Maltese and Tedd Pierce.It's most amusing to watch the singing and tap dancing Bugs Bunny.And the way he fools the dogs.Like the dog pile on the rabbit, except that Bugs isn't at the bottom of that pile.Just classic Bugs!
The sycophantic newsreel reporter Lola Beverly wants Bugs Bunny's life
story. The great Hollywood star tells of his humble beginnings in the
tenements of Manhattan. We see poor Bugs terrorized by a gang of canine
toughs led by a bullying bulldog who smokes a cigar and wears a derby
and a turtleneck sweater. He's subjected to a cruel "dog pile on the
rabbit," but our wily Bugs soon turns the tables on these toughs. Bugs
subjects his main tormenter to pies in his face; a confusing
performance in front of an Egyptian cigarette billboard; a fall from
the top of a building; and an embarrassing entanglement in a series of
clotheslines. Bugs Bunny finds his real saviors are Betty Smith and a
book title calculated to win the heart of any New York bow-wow.
Bugs Bunny sings "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady" and Carl Stalling provides memorable music for the Egyptian billboard scene in this fine short from Friz Freleng and his team. My favorite gag: the bulldog's method for getting through his gang after they've blocked the alleyway from Bugs. The renowned rabbit relates his life story again in "What's Up Doc?" (1950).
This cartoon is available on the "Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Volume Three," Disc 1.
Bugs Bunny now a big star in LA tells gossip columnist Lola Beverly of
his humble beginnings growing up in New York in particular facing a
gang of street tough dogs. Of course outwitting these canine ruffians
is no problem for young Bugs. This short is fairly humorous if nothing
special, Bugs doesn't even have to use his razor sharp wit in this one
as the dogs are pretty much on the dumb side. That being said, it was
STILL a Bugs cartoon and I find myself entertained by every short of
his just because of that (unless the shorts happens to be directed by
Robert McKimson). This animated short can be found on Disk 1 of the
Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 3 set.
My Grade: B-
In his first before-he-was-famous story (followed by "What's Up,
Doc?"), Bugs Bunny tells a never-seen reporter of how he grew up in New
York City and had to defend himself against a gang of tough dogs. Not
surprisingly, the wascawwy wabbit makes mincemeat out of the dastardly
canines no matter what the situation.
I would actually say that it's a little strange that they have Bugs grow up in Manhattan. After all, he's partly famous for his Brooklyn-Bronx accent; it's part of what gives him his edge. Then again, maybe I shouldn't dwell on that. The point is that this is a really cool classic cartoon. Definitely worth seeing.
I wonder what was with the accent that Bugs put on at the beginning of the interview.
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