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The Tortoise and the Hare (1935)

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Big race. Hare, fast and in lead, stops to loaf and show off to girl bunnies. Tortoise, plodding along at steady, slow pace, wins, although hare tries a last minute burst of speed.


Wilfred Jackson (uncredited)
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Credited cast:
Eddie Holden Eddie Holden ... Toby Tortoise (voice)
Ned Norton Ned Norton ... Max Hare (voice)


Max Hare and Toby Tortoise are having a foot race. Max has much more style, and is generally cocky. He pauses for a short nap, to chat up the bunnies outside a girl's school (and show off in several sports). When he hears the crowd roar for Toby approaching the finish line, he takes off, but a last-minute sprint, and a long neck, give Toby the inevitable victory. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Hare stops to show off, and the slower Tortoise wins the race.


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Many Warner Bros. animators have admitted that Max Hare is the inspiration for Bugs Bunny. See more »


Girl Bunny: Don't you think you'd better go? The tortoise has the lead.
Max Hare: Say, I've lots of time to play. My middle name is speed.
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Short children's movie which highlights and delivers the moral more strongly than full length expensive movies
27 July 2016 | by DVR_BraleSee all my reviews

This movie teaches, in my opinion, one of the most important life lessons ever. Treating something like it is important involves rejecting disturbances no matter how tempting they might be.

The Tortoise has become a sort of a coat-of-arms to me. The Hare on the other hand embodies all the typical flaws including being conceit.

Being skillful and gifted means nothing unless we stay humble. Without humble character skills might even do us damage.

In short, the moral is: Finish things once started. Work humbly.

Watch this precious gem whenever you need to remind yourself on how to do your work. You may even become a child again for a moment.

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Release Date:

5 January 1935 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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