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Fresh Hare (1942)

In the Canadian North Woods, Bugs is wanted dead or alive and Elmer is out to bring him in.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
Arthur Q. Bryan Arthur Q. Bryan ... Elmer Fudd (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Mountie Elmer is on the trail of Bugs who's wanted dead or alive, "preferably dead". Elmer gets handcuffed to a bomb. Bugs looks through all Elmer's keys but can't seem to find the right one... Bugs foils Elmer with tricks like the Elmer-shaped snowman. Finally Bugs lets himself be arrested. Elmer takes Bugs back to the log stockade and puts Bugs up before a Mountie firing squad. But Bugs starts singing "Dixie". The stockade becomes a field of cotton, and all the Mounties, including Elmer, turn into singing Negro minstrels! Written by David Steele

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #25 (1941-1942 Season): Fresh Hare See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #629A. See more »

Goofs

The display of "Wanted" signs near the beginning are out of order.The music does not match the display. See more »

Quotes

Elmer Fudd: [trapped in handcuff bomb] OHHHH! My keys! Where are my keys? My keys! Hurry up! Gimme the keys! Oh!
Bugs Bunny: [they're in his hand] Eh, what's up, Doc?
Elmer Fudd: Quick, get me outta this predicament, undo these cuffs!
Bugs Bunny: All right, Doc, keep yer shoit on, take it easy! Gee, he's an excitable type.
Bugs Bunny: Let's see now, the garage, the car, for the front door...
[wolf whistles]
Bugs Bunny: ... and the back door... Ah, here it is!
[bomb explodes]
Bugs Bunny: Oh, well.
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Alternate Versions

The end of this cartoon has Bugs proclaiming his last wish in a chorus of "I Wish I Were in Dixie", which is followed by Bugs, Elmer Fudd and the Mounties all in blackface singing "Camptown Races". This scene is cut from television and home video. On the Cartoon Explosion DVD (and Cartoon Network), Bugs starts to sing "I Wish I Were in Dixie", and the picture quickly cuts (or dissolves on CN) to the end card. On TBS and TNT the scene is edited out differently: a fake "iris-out" after Bugs sings "I Wish I Were in Dixie"; or the footage of Bugs dancing was replayed as the sound from the end of the cartoon proceeded as normal. Here's a photo of the edited scene: http://looney.goldenagecartoons.com/ltcuts/freshhare.jpg See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Oh, You Beautiful Doll
(uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Played during the shot of the Wanted poster with Bugs done up as Hitler
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Elmer vs Bugs
28 March 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Fresh Hare (1942)

*** (out of 4)

Elmer Fudd is a Mountie who comes across Bugs Bunny who is breaking several laws. Elmer goes to arrest the rabbit but you just know Bugs isn't going to be easy to take in.

Here's another extremely fast and fun short from the fine folks at Warner. Once again you've got two great characters doing some funny work and of course the animation is wonderful throughout. There are a lot of great fun to be had here as poor Elmer gets abused in countless ways. This includes him being disgraced by his "higher officer" and it eventually leads to tears. This film has become best remembered for its ending, which is one reason why the cartoon was pulled by the studio. It's certainly not very PC-friendly but instead of being offended it should just lead to an open discussion on how things were back in this era.


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