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Porky's Hare Hunt (1938)

Porky goes after a rogue rabbit who manages to frustrate him at each turn. He is unsuccessful and the rabbit comes to visit him just to make recovery tougher for him.

Directors:

Ben Hardaway, Cal Dalton (uncredited)

Writer:

Howard Baldwin (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Rabbit / Zero the Dog (voice) (uncredited)
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Porky goes after a rogue rabbit who manages to frustrate him at each turn. He is unsuccessful and the rabbit comes to visit him just to make recovery tougher for him. Written by Russell Christiansen <russ@megsinet.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Porky cazador de liebres See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Bugs Bunny says his line "Of course, you know, this means war!" for the first time. This is quoting Groucho Marx's character from Duck Soup (1933). See more »

Quotes

Rabbit: [laughing] Don't let me worry, ya cheap. I'm just a trifle pixilated.
[laughing and spins ears like a plane]
Rabbit: Look out below!
[Passes by Porky and Zero to the right, then to the left]
Porky Pig: Phew. S-s-s-sure glad to get rid of that d-d-d-d-dope.
Rabbit: [Pops behind a tree] That's what YOU think. Haha haha haha.
[laughs and goes crazy through many trees]
Porky Pig: G-g-g-go get him Zero. Get.
[Zero barks and follows the rabbit]
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Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1968 by having every other frame traced over onto a cel. Each redrawn cel was painted in color and then photographed over a colored reproduction of each original background. Needless to say, the animation quality dropped considerably from the original version with this method. The cartoon was colorized again in 1992, this time with a computer adding color to a new print of the original black and white cartoon. This preserved the quality of the original animation. See more »

Connections

Followed by Prest-O Change-O (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played when the rabbit laughs at Porky and the dog and then flies into the air
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Porky's Hare Hunt was a fascinating look at an early version of what would become Bugs Bunny
11 August 2009 | by tavmSee all my reviews

On the Cartoon Brew site, Jerry Beck linked from YouTube a video by one Martha Sigall called The Story of Bugs Bunny. Who is this woman who's now in her 90's? She was in the Ink and Paint department at "Termite Terrace" during the various formations of what would become "that wascally wabbit". It's quite a fascinating tale with Ms. Sigall using a framed demonstration of the various character poses and different drawings of the wabbit to the one we know of him today. That YouTube segment led me to watch the original cartoon that featured what was the first version of what became Bugs Bunny (named after the director who made this cartoon, Ben "Bugs" Hardaway) on the same site. It's sort of the same short as Porky's Duck Hunt made by Tex Avery except Porky's hunting rabbits. "Bugs" here is actually all white and has the voice and laugh of Woody Woodpecker which is not surprising since this rabbit's voice originator, Mel Blanc, would create that same voice and laugh for that character at Walter Lantz a couple of years later. Anyway, there were some creative gags I liked such as when a toy decoy rabbit kicks Porky's dog Zero in the face or when the rabbit uses his ears as propellers in escaping from Porky and his dog. And how about the first time he quotes Groucho Marx's line from Duck Soup, "Of course you know, this means war!" Quite enjoyable this early short but since Daffy Duck was already the resident "crazy", it was decided to make Bugs more of the wiseguy type by the time Avery recreated him in the form we know him as today in A Wild Hare. Good move, Tex! So on that note, I recommend Porky's Hare Hunt. P.S. Ms. Sigall has a book about her experience at Leon Schlesinger Productions/Warner Bros. Cartoons called "Living Life Inside the Lines" out now.


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