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Falling Hare (1943)

Bugs encounters wartime sabotage and takes to the air to do battle.

Director:

Robert Clampett

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / The Gremlin (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Clampett ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Relaxing with a carrot at an army air field, Bugs is reading "Victory Through Hare Power," and scoffs at the notion of "gremlins," little creatures who wreak havoc on planes with their "dia-bo-lickal sabo-tay-gee." His reading is interrupted by a clanging sound, and it turns out to be a little wing-headed being pounding on a bockbuster bomb with a mallet. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bugs Bunny and the Gremlin See more »

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Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene, Bugs is reading a book titled "Victory Thru Hare Power". It's a spoof on the title of "Victory Through Air Power", by Maj. Alexander de Seversky, published by Garden City Books, NY, in 1942. See more »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: [Bugs has just been hit on the head with a wrench] Which way did he go, George, which way did he go?
The Gremlin: Hmmm...
[points in both directions]
The Gremlin: That way.
Bugs Bunny: Well, gee, thanks a lot George, thanks a lot.
[upon taking his first step, he immediately falls to the floor. The Gremlin runs over to him and pulls his eyelids open]
The Gremlin: What's the matter, bunny rabbit? Speak to me. Why don't you say something?
Bugs Bunny: I'm only three-and-a-half years old. B-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b.
The Gremlin: I like him, he's silly!
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Good gags but not a normal Bugs
8 November 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Bugs Bunny is relaxing on an A-Bomb reading a magazine and laughing at stories of gremlins interfering in the workings of aircraft. However when one such gremlin starts to mess around with the aircraft and equipment on the base, Bugs overcomes his disbelief to try and stop it.

Taking a good idea this film pitches Bugs against a gremlin to reasonable good effect to create an enjoyable, if far from great, cartoon. The gags are pretty good but parts of it do drag on a little too long without being funny – the final punch-line is weak but yet seems to be built up to for at least a minute! Despite this it still worked quite well, although many of the topical (at the time) references went over my head – made me think what watching Shrek will be like in about 50 years time!

The other big weakness it did have was in it's lead character – which was a surprising thing to me. I love Bugs and enjoy seeing him twist things on those who would get him! I like to se the many ways he gets the upper hand. However here he was very much the lesser character in terms of scoring points. He is shown to be easily tricked and fooled and, at times, out of his depth – in fact in the plane he is portrayed as terrified for the majority of the time. This didn't ruin the cartoon for me as it was still funny, but this was not the usual character I expect to see when I watch Bugs Bunny.

Overall this was an enjoyable cartoon despite it's weaknesses. Fans of Bugs (as I am) may struggle to enjoy it simply because our hero is painted as some sort of coward and weakling – a far cry from his usual wise-ass self!


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