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Tortoise Beats Hare (1941)

An upset Bugs challenges the slick Cecil Turtle to a race.

Director:

Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)

Writer:

Dave Monahan (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Cecil Turtle / Chester Turtle / Turtles (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

In an unusual opening for a cartoon, Bugs wanders onto the screen during the credits and reads them aloud, mispronouncing all the names. When he gets to the title, he is enraged, and calls the crew "...all a bunch of joiks!", then adds, "And I oughta know. I woik for 'em." To regain his honor, Bugs challenges Cecil "Toitle" to a race. Cecil calls all his look-alike cousins who live along the race course, and they bedevil Bugs by constantly appearing ahead of him, making him think he's losing at every turn. The rabbit crosses the finish line only to find Cecil waiting there, wondering what took him so long. Thus begins a grudge match continued with rematches in _Tortoise Wins By A Hare (1943)_ and Rabbit Transit (1947). Written by runar-4

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Hasenwette See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First appearance of Cecil Turtle. See more »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: [after opening sequence, while munching on a carrot] Hmm... what's this? "
[stuttering]
Bugs Bunny: Animation: Charles McKimson". "Musical
[stuttering]
Bugs Bunny: Direction: Carl W. Stalling". "Story: Dave Manohan". "Supervision: Fred Avery". "Tortoise Beats Hare". "Tor..." "Tortoise Beats Hare"?
[spits out carrot]
Bugs Bunny: Why those stupid joiks don't know what they're talking about! And I outta know, I woik for 'em!
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Crazy Credits

Bugs Bunny walks out on screen and reads the credits aloud, mispronouncing all the names. He becomes furious when he finally reads the title proclaiming his defeat for the entire audience to see. He then rips up the title screen, and the background appears. See more »

Connections

Featured in Tortoise Wins by a Hare (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Athalie Overture
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played when the various turtles receive phone calls
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Early, formative Bugs Bunny short
3 February 2002 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

Although several Warner Brothers directors had a significant hand in the development of Bugs, the one most responsible for setting his personality as the rabbit we know and love (excepting maybe Daffy, Elmer and Yosemite Sam-they don't seem to care for Bugs much) was Tex Avery. This short was an early glimpse of the wascally wabbit as we know him today. Interestingly enough, Avery was responsible for creating Daffy and also the character who evolved into Elmer Fudd (Egghead), so Avery is very much a critical figure for two of the major studios as far as short animation goes. That's why I consider Tex Avery to be the best director of animated shorts and as seminal in their develoment as Walt Disney was to the animated feature film. Well worth seeing. Most recommended.


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