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Devil May Hare (1954)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 19 June 1954 (USA)
Bugs Bunny finds the Tasmanian Devil in his encyclopedia just as the animal threatens to devour him.

Director:

Robert McKimson

Writer:

Sid Marcus (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Tasmanian Devil / Turtle / Female Devil Noises (voice)
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Storyline

All the animals in the forest, including animals one would not expect to find in the forest, are fleeing for their lives. Bugs Bunny manages to stop a turtle (by blocking its path with a shovel) and asks him what all the excitement is about. "The Tasmanian devil is on the loose!" cries the turtle. Bugs looks up "Tasmanian devil" in his encyclopedia and discovers that it's a "strong murderous beast" that eats just about any animal. It doesn't mention rabbits, and so the Tasmanian devil, who has been reading over Bugs's shoulder, pencils in "rabbits" himself. Bugs calmly asks, "What's up, doc?" He then spends the day tricking the wild, snorting, snarling beast with a bubble-gum chicken, a decoy deer, a giant slingshot and finally a classified ad in the Tasmanian Post-Dispatch. Written by J. Spurlin

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den tasmaniska djävulen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,285, 16 February 1998

Gross USA:

$14,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,753
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While Robert McKimson and his team were discussing new adversaries for Bugs Bunny, animator Sid Marcus suggested offhandedly that they have used everything except a Tasmanian devil. They looked the animal up in the encyclopedia and decided he would make a good foil for Bugs. See more »

Goofs

When the Devils are exchanging their vows, their voices swap. See more »

Quotes

Bugs Bunny: [to a little fawn] Hey, scram. Go on, beat it. The Tasmanian Devil's liable to get you. He's a mean, vicious, nasty, no-good, baggy-eyed, marble-headed ignoramorus. He's a stupid...
Tasmanian Devil: Flattery will get you nowhere. And you can't fool me again.
Bugs Bunny: Huh?
[suddenly nervous]
Bugs Bunny: That's right, doc.
[pointing toward the fawn]
Bugs Bunny: This bitsy little animal is made out of straw.
Tasmanian Devil: But you're not.
[growls at Bugs and takes off after him]
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Soundtracks

Tales from the Vienna Woods
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
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One of the best Taz & Bugs cartoons - `why you bury me in the cold, cold ground?'
7 March 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When Bugs is disturbed by a stampede of forest animals, Bugs comes out of the hole to find out what's going on. Stopping a speeding turtle, Bugs finds out that a Tasmanian Devil has escaped and is heading his way. With no time to run Bugs is forced to try and outsmart the forever-hungry beast.

Many of the Taz and Bugs cartoons are about as bad as I've seen Bugs Bunny in, but this appears to be an exception. The jokes here are actually pretty funny and I found myself laughing most of the way through the cartoon.

A big, big reason for this is that Taz is given a voice and a character whereas usually he is just a fairly meaningless spinning creature that Bugs easily tricks. Here he is still that but the voice really helps him deliver the laughs instead of just being the brunt of each joke. Bugs rises to this well; together they make a good team here and the cartoon is very funny and imaginative. Even the addition of another devil near the end doesn't spoil it!

Overall, as someone who has pretty much hated every Bugs & Taz cartoon that I have seen, this was a very pleasant surprise. Taz is actually a very good character here and the end result is a very funny cartoon where Bugs is able to actually use Taz as a good partner for once.


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