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Hurdy-Gurdy Hare (1950)

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Hurdy gurdy operator Bugs must get rid of his Chimp when the ape steals the take from him. The replacement ape is is a Gorrilla.



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Bugs Bunny (voice)


Hurdy gurdy operator Bugs must get rid of his Chimp when the ape steals the take from him. The replacement ape is is a Gorrilla.

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21 January 1950 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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When Bugs says, "They say music calms the savage beast" he is misquoting. The line is from the play "The Mourning Bride", Act i. Sc. 1., written by William Congreve in 1697. The correct form of the quote is: "Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak." As originally written, it is "Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast, To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak. I've read, that things inanimate have mov'd, And, as with living Souls, have been form'd by Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound." The same play is the source for another often-misquoted line, "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned." (Act iii. Sc. 8.). See more »


[Last lines]
Bugs Bunny: I sure hope Petrillo doesn't hear about this.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »


Minuet in G
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played when Bugs says he'll go into the music business
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One of the best-case examples of music & animation.
7 July 2001 | by (Milwaukee WI USA) – See all my reviews

While director McKimson created a gem of a cartoon in Hurdy Gurdy Hare, the real genius in this cartoon is the music arrangement by Carl Stalling. When Gruesome Gorilla pursues Bugs through the byways of Manhattan, two musical themes predominate, one for our hero and the other for the ape. The two melodies intertwine so intimately, it's hard to tell that there are two, not one. This reaches its apex when Bugs takes to a ladder to escape his foe. He climbs up and down the ladder, while Gruesome pulls the ladder up or down so Bugs always ends up face-to-face with him. A xylophone (or, perhaps a marimba) plays a rising or falling scale to the motion of the ladder, while the rest of the orchestra plays a similar scale for Bugs, musically showing simultaneous up and down movement. In fact, the only flaw in this film is when, near the end, Bugs misquotes the proverb, "Music has charms to soothe the savage beast." Oh, well - anything can happen in a cartoon.

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