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Hare Tonic (1945)

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


Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)


Tedd Pierce (story)




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


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


[last lines]
Bugs Bunny: [Bugs is chased out of Elmer's home, but stops him in his tracks] Hey, wait a minute. Wait a minute. Look, the people out there in the audience - the lady there with the long ears. They're getting longer all the time. And the guy back there in the seventeenth row with the cute tomato - he's gettin' all fuzzy. Yeah, they've got it. Everybody out there's got rabbititus! Yaah!
Bugs Bunny: [Elmer storms back into the house] Oh, Margaret, what a dope. That was just a gag, of course. You folks haven't ...
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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 »


References Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) See more »


Vo sadu li, v ogorode
("In my garden") (uncredited)
Traditional Russian song
Played when Bugs and Elmer do the Russian dance
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User Reviews

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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Release Date:

10 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falscher Hase See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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