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Hare Tonic (1945)

Bugs Bunny tricks Elmer Fudd into believing his house has been quarantined for something called "rabbititus."

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Tedd Pierce (story)
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Cast

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

Elmer Fudd buys Bugs Bunny from a meat market as he anticipates a nice rabbit stew. Bugs climbs out of his basket to tell him he's been robbed: the rabbit's gone! Incredibly, Elmer believes him. The dope eventually catches on when Bugs shoves him into the basket and then carries it himself. Somehow Elmer manages to get Bugs home, but the wily rabbit easily escapes. But wait! Why waste a great opportunity? Bugs returns to "heckle that character." He fools Elmer, through a faked radio program, into believing that there's an epidemic of something called "rabbititus" going about. Through Bugs's trickery he sees spots, a coat on Bugs's tongue and his own rabbity image reflected at him in a "mirror" that's really just Bugs after the glass has been removed. Dr. Killpatient arrives to help, but he has a suspiciously fuzzy tail. Still, it's we in the audience who may prove Bugs's ultimate dupes. Written by J. Spurlin

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Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hasinitis See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Bugs asks Elmer what three times three is, Elmer replies nine, which is obviously incorrect. Bugs still however says its correct and accuses Elmer's of multiplying. See more »

Quotes

Elmer Fudd: Oh, this is tewwible. Trapped with a cwazy, contaminated wabbit.
Bugs Bunny: Oh, now doc. Don't get yourself in a dither. How do you know I'm contaminated? I haven't got no symptoms. You don't see no spots before my eyes, do you?
[Spots appear before Bugs' eyes]
Elmer Fudd: Oh, gwacious!
Bugs Bunny: My tongue ain't coated. See?
[Sticks out his tongue; it has a small overcoat on]
Elmer Fudd: Oh, my gwacious!
Bugs Bunny: I don't throw fits.
[Starts throwing fits]
Elmer Fudd: Oh, gwacious! Oh, my!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The end title featured the rare occasion where the Looney Tunes drum would appear, but instead of Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny would appear inside the drum (which happens immediately rather than with a delay). Bugs is munching his carrot, says to the audience, "And that's the end!", then goes back to munching the carrot. This closing bumper was used only in this cartoon and "Baseball Bugs" (1946), another cartoon starring Bugs Bunny. See more »

Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

So Dumb But So Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Played when Bugs rings the bell while in the basket
Also played when Bugs decides to go back and heckle Elmer
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A great cartoon about paranoia....
27 November 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

HARE TONIC is one of the best Bugs Bunny vs. Elmer Fudd shorts out there. Bugs convinces Elmer Fudd that "rabbititus", an epidemic of doomsday proportions is sweeping through the nation. He creates this illusion in Mr. Fudd's eyes by painting the walls a sickly color and dressing up as the bearded, and very dangerous Dr. Killpatient. Viva Bugs!


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