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Rocket-riding Bugs runs into Marvin Martian who is out to do in the Earth.



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Bugs Bunny / Marvin the Martian / Countdown Voice (voice)


While Bugs is sleeping, a rocket is placed over his hole. He climbs abord and finds himself in space, where Marvin the Martian has finished his laboratory research and is about to destroy the Earth; it's up to Bugs to save the world. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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29 March 1958 (USA)  »

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Up in the Hare  »

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The title is based on the Ella Fitzgerald song "Stairway to the Stars". See more »


Marvin creates three creatures to capture Bugs. Bugs disposes of one by tricking it via the scooter type vehicles, but then runs into three creatures when there should only be two left. See more »


[after the rocket has left the Earth]
Bugs: The sun ain't even up. No wonder I'm so sleep-y?
[a shooting star passes right past Bugs]
Bugs: YIKES! What was that?
[a satellite knocks Bugs off the rocket, and Bugs is hanging on for dear life]
Bugs: Well, ask a silly question...
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Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Secret Defenders #10 (2009) See more »


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
from the French melody "Ah ! vous dirai-je, Maman" (music first published 1761)
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Hare-Way to the Stars(1958) vs. Haredevil Hare(1948): Chuck Jones refines his work
19 December 2012 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

The original premiere Looney Tunes version of the first Marvin the Martian stories has this simple promise:

"Marvin the Martian is a diabolical genius who wants to destroy the Earth, but Bugs Bunny stops him"

Michael Maltese writes a script for Haredevil Hare(1948) following the promise above. In Haredevil Hare, Bugs Bunny is sent to Moon for a given mission: To establish the first radio contact between Moon and Earth. So he goes to Moon, just after he thinks he is the first creature to land on Moon, he meets with Marvin. Marvin wants to destroy the Earth. But Bugs distracts him, so he accidentally blows up his spaceship. Not only Bugs saves Earth from being destroyed he also completes his mission. But the plot-hole, a huge logical deficiency, here is that the space engineers establishing the first radio connection with Moon, doesn't know that a Martian wants to destroy the Earth, and even at the end of the episode Bugs Bunny didn't tell them so.

Director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese make a revision 10 years after Haredevil Hare, naming it Hare-Way to the Stars, to keep it easily marketable rhyming it both with that earlier episode and also with Ella Fitzgerald's popular country song title(Stairway to the Stars). This way it became one of the most marketable cartoons of Warner Bros all time. In the production side, not only that the problems with the plot are fixed, but also Looney Tunes wanted them to create a more funny, more combative, more challenging cartoon. So Jones and Maltese started a new opening image and a unique set-up, putting Bugs in a bad morning mood after he wakes up to go and get himself a nice morning shower. The first funny and challenging moment is here in the set-up that, Bugs is not aware that he is going to Moon, unlike Haredevil Hare. Also when on the Moon, even though the same story 10 years ago follows its identical sections step by step, this time Marvin the Martian is more prepared to the combat, he has back-up for everything Bugs does. Bugs find himself in a tough challenge killing Martian soldiers one by one in most funny ways possible. And ultimately at the end, again unwillingly and uncontrollably, just like how he came to Moon, Bugs returns to Earth bringing Martians with him, creating a perfectly funny and suspended ending.

The next most noteworthy episode of Marvin the Martian story with him trying to blow up the Earth is "Mad as a Mars Hare"(1963) a Merrie Melodies touch to the Marvin the Martian series. What's different production-wise than the Looney Tunes episodes is that, as always Merrie Melodies are more concerned with the humour not with the story. In Mad as a Mars Hare, we will find Marvin the Martian more prepared to fight, more angrier, more challenging and hence more funnier, with cool sci-fi ideas that only add more booze to the excitement of the episode.

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