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The Bear and the Hare (1948)

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Barney Bear hunts a snowshoe rabbit, whose white fur makes him impossible to see in the snow and whose wiliness makes him impossible to catch.


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Barney's hunting - and skiing when he spots a snowshoe rabbit (difficult, since it all but disappears against the snow). He goes after it, but the rabbit is, of course, smarter than Barney. A snowball fight between the two turns into a tennis match. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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rabbit | snow | barney bear | bear | skiing | See All (16) »


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Release Date:

26 June 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Snowshoe Baby  »

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1.37 : 1
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The working title for this cartoon was "Snowshoe Rabbit". See more »


Waltz in D Flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1 (Minute Waltz)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Not bad, but the chemistry is only okay.
19 July 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When I saw that this was a cartoon from MGM, I sure got my hopes up...because I thought it MIGHT just be a Tex Avery flick. However, this was not the case--and as a result, the product was a bit flat and lacked the insane stuff you'd see in an Avery film.

The cartoon consists of Barney Bear (a character clearly created with Wallace Beery in mind) chasing a white rabbit through the snow. Barney tries to shoot the thing again and again but the rabbit is just too smart for him. In the end, just when Barney is about to blast the bunny to Kingdom Come, there is a clever twist.

The cartoon isn't bad. But, the rabbit and Barney lack the chemistry of the really good pairings--such as Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, Daffy and Elmer or Donald and Chip and Dale. It's a bit flat and normal...but still enjoyable. And, if you are looking for it, it's included as a special feature on the Esther Williams DVD for "On an Island With You".

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