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Forward March Hare (1953)

Bugs mistakenly gets his neighbor's draft notice and causes a stir when he shows up as ordered.

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Bugs Bunny / Sergeant / Draftee / Doctor / Optometrist / Colonel / General (voice)
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Bugs mistakenly gets his neighbor's draft notice and causes a stir when he shows up as ordered.

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14 February 1953 (USA)  »

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Schütze Bugs  »

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Trivia

1947's Academy Award winner, Tweetie Pie (1947) is referred to when the Colonel addresses the Sargeant , telling him General Tweety Pie was asking for him. See more »

Goofs

Bugs' x-ray shows bones outlining his ears. Rabbits, like humans, have ears made of cartilage, which does not show on x-rays. See more »

Quotes

[Bugs is having his eyes tested with an eye chart]
Optometrist: Now then, I want you to read as much of this chart as you can.
Bugs Bunny: [reading chart] "A-T-W-R-K-L-N-O-C-W-O-D-R-K-G-S-O-L-T-Y-K-L-O-N-D-C-R-P-L-D, Acme Eye Test Chart, printed by the United States Printing Office, Washington, D.C., Reg. U.S. Pat. Off."
[the astounded optometrist reads the smallest sections of the chart with a magnifying glass, and discovers that they are exactly the same as what Bugs recited]
Optometrist: Uh... yeah.
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Connections

Remade as G.I. Pink (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is Worth Fighting For
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Music by Sam H. Stept
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Bugs is an idiot???
27 January 2007 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Throughout my childhood I sat transfixed through many hundreds of Warner cartoons and as an adult my appreciation and love for them has grown. Chuck Jones's 'Forward March Hare' is one of the many cartoons I distinctly remember watching and enjoying as a youngster. However, I watched it last night on the excellent Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 4 and something didn't quite ring true about it. Slowly, it dawned on me what it was. Bugs is an idiot! When I was young, of course, such a blatant disregard for character didn't register. It's also worth mentioning that Bugs' character has often been experimented with very successfully. I love the cartoons that cast Bugs as the loser for a change, such as 'Falling Hare' or 'Tortoise Beats Hare'. However, even when playing the loser, Bugs generally remains a strong, smart-alecky personality. In 'Forward March Hare' he is an oblivious buffoon with nary a wisecrack to offer.

Throughout the cartoon, only one gag (incidentally, the funniest in the whole film) fits in with the Bugs character we know and love: It involves an eye chart and a jaw-dropping display of superior eyesight, presumably due to enormous carrot intake. Apart from this one display of superior abilities, however, there is no sign whatsoever that Bugs is aware of his disruptive behavior. From the mix up which kick-starts the action through numerous military disasters (including an unintentional misunderstanding of an order to dress some chickens), Bugs is wide-eyed and willing to serve his country but can't stop messing up. The moment when he attempts to hammer in a nail with live ammunition confirms that Bugs isn't heckling, as he usually would in this situation; he's just plain getting it wrong.

Character experiments in the Warner Brothers cartoons were often very rewarding (notably, the expanding of Daffy's character from nutty maniac to greedy, manipulative but ultimately sympathetic loser), and putting a new slant on Bugs' character frequently worked a treat. However, while 'Forward March Hare' proves entertaining enough, the concept of Bugs the well-meaning buffoon is impossible to accept for any long-standing cartoon fan.


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