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Devil May Hare (1954)

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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Production Co:

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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Cherie, I Love You
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Music by Lillian Goodman
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"What for you bury me in the cold, cold ground?"
10 September 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

The Tasmanian Devil makes his first appearance in this funny Bugs Bunny short directed by Robert McKimson. In the cartoon, Bugs is cleaning his rabbit hole when he's overrun by a stampede of animals of all kinds running for their lives from the Tasmanian Devil. Bugs has to look Taz up in an encyclopedia because he has no clue what it is. He finds out, though, when Taz shows up and tries to eat him.

Taz is pretty low on my list of favorite Looney Tunes characters but I do enjoy his earliest appearances with Bugs. This is a very funny short that works because its 'brains vs. brawn' premise is right in Bugs' wheelhouse. There are several great gags and lines in this. Mel Blanc does wonderful work as Bugs and Taz. The animation is fluid with some lovely colors and backgrounds. The music is energetic and fun. It's probably the best use of Taz in any of the shorts he appeared in during the classic era, which wasn't many.


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