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Mad as a Mars Hare (1963)

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Marvin Martian is monitoring through his telescope a rocket launch on Earth. The rocket heads straight for him and lands on Mars. The only occupant is Bugs Bunny, lured into Cape Canaveral ... See full summary »

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Marvin Martian is monitoring through his telescope a rocket launch on Earth. The rocket heads straight for him and lands on Mars. The only occupant is Bugs Bunny, lured into Cape Canaveral by a carrot and sent to Mars as an expendable "astro-rabbit". Bugs is to claim Mars in the name of the Earth, but Marvin won't allow an Earth creature to contaminate his atmosphere. He trains a time-projector gun on Bugs and reverts the bunny to a Neanderthal Rabbit, who crushes Marvin with one hand. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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The title refers to as "mad as a March hare" a idiomatic phrase derived from the observed antics, said to occur only in the March breeding season of the Hare, genus Lepus. In Alice In Wonderland one of the characters in a March Hare. See more »

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Bugs Bunny: Why must you send a rabbit to do a man's job?
Commander: Because rabbits are expendable! That's why!
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Marvin has some hilarious and terribly pithy lines in this very talky short.
12 October 2003 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

Most of the gags in this are verbal in nature, rather than sight gags (though it has a fair number of those as well) and Marvin may have more of the best lines than Bugs, particularly in the beginning. As is often the case, the title is a play on words-in this case, "mad as a March hare", which I believe was derived from Alice in Wonderland. Marvin's comments on "the flora and fauna of Earth likely would have delighted H. L. Mencken and Ambrose Bierce! The ending scene is beautiful, particularly the closing line. Great fun is had by all (well, not by Marvin, not at the end, anyway). Well worth watching. Most highly recommended.


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