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A Hare Grows in Manhattan (1947)

Bugs Bunny relates his early life in the Manhattan tenements and spotlights his encounter with a gang of canine toughs.


Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)


Michael Maltese (story), Tedd Pierce (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Spike / Dogs (voice)


The sycophantic newsreel reporter Lola Beverly wants Bugs Bunny's life story. The great Hollywood star tells of his humble beginnings in the tenements of Manhattan. We see poor Bugs terrorized by a gang of canine toughs led by a bullying bulldog who smokes a cigar and wears a derby and a turtleneck sweater. He's subjected to a cruel "dog pile on the rabbit," but our wily Bugs soon turns the tables on these toughs. Bugs subjects his main tormenter to pies in his face; a confusing performance in front of an Egyptian cigarette billboard; a fall from the top of a building; and an embarrassing entanglement in a series of clotheslines. Bugs Bunny finds his real saviors are Betty Smith and a book title calculated to win the heart of any New York bow-wow. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

22 March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Hase aus Manhattan See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is a play on "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," a coming-of-age novel set in early twentieth century Brooklyn. See more »


Bugs Bunny: So there I was, trapped, overwhelmed by superior numbers.
Lola Beverly: My goodness, Bugs. How did you ever get out of that one?
Bugs Bunny: Well, I grabbed the nearest thing I could get my hands on, determined to make their victory a costly one.
[Flashback: Bugs grabs a book to throw at the dogs; the dogs see the cover and run across the Brooklyn Bridge; Bugs looks at the cover, which reads "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"]
Bugs Bunny: Hey, you know? Maybe I ought to read this thing.
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The Bowery
Music by Percy Gaunt
Played during the establishing shot of New York and the window box
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Bugs in Manhattan
29 August 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been a huge fan of Bugs Bunny, so would see anything with him in. Not all his cartoons are great, with a few of his later efforts being quite bad, but his best cartoons are masterpieces and some of the best cartoons ever made.

'A Hare Grows in Manhattan' may not be among his best, Manhattan itself could have been used more and same with the premise of Bugs being a film star which began the cartoon so promisingly. While the whole stuff with the bulldog is clever and lots of fun it is somewhat typical of a chase cartoon and not hugely surprising or innovative story-wise and just seemed a tad disconnected.

Because 'A Hare Grows in Manhattan' is so much fun throughout the length, any reservations about the story and Manhattan and the film star premise not quite living to their full potential don't feel like huge problems. The animation is truly beautiful here, the painterly buildings and landscapes are particularly striking while the colours are gorgeously vibrant, the backgrounds meticulous in detail and the drawing crisp and smooth.

Carl Stalling's music score shines as bright as a twinkling star as always, no other Looney Tunes/Merry Melodies wrote music so consistently great without putting a foot wrong. Orchestration is lush, rhythms are rich in character and energy and it not only adds to everything so well the impact of scenes are enhanced to a greater level by Stalling's music. It is especially fitting agreed in the Egyptian billboard, the ascending elevator ride and Bugs' hopping on all fours.

The writing is razor sharp, fresh and deliciously witty, and the gags are beautifully timed, clever and at their best hilarious. Hard to pick a favourite line or gag because there isn't a clunky line or misfiring gag among them. Pacing never gets dull or chaotic, Bugs has everything that makes him such a great character in the first place and the bulldog is good fun with strong chemistry with Bugs. Mel Blanc can be counted on to give great, or even better than that, voice work and be a large part of a cartoon's success, no disappointments here, he's superb.

In conclusion, hugely enjoyable cartoon if not among Bugs' best. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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