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Knight-Mare Hare (1955)

An apple falls on Bugs' head, transporting him back to King Arthur's England.


Chuck Jones


Tedd Pierce (story)


Mel Blanc

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Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Bugs Bunny / Sir Osis / King / Merlin the Magician / Donkey Owner (voice)


When an apple falls on Bugs' head, he's knocked into medieval times and immediately meets (and aggravates) The Black Knight. He also meets Merlin the Magician who transforms Bugs into different animals. At the end, Bugs isn't sure it was a dream. Written by Anonymous

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1 October 1955 (USA) See more »

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Riddertiden See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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At the beginning, Bugs is reading a huge book, "Tales of Knighthood and Gallantry" by Burton. There is no such book. See more »


Bugs Bunny: Well, that gives him a hobby, but I still ain't no nearer to my natural habitat.
[Sees an apple like the one that hit him in the beginning]
Bugs Bunny: Well, why not? After all, they laughed at the man when he invented penicillin.
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La Magia Mystery tour
16 May 2004 | by Chip_douglasSee all my reviews

Long before the invention of the DVD, aye, even before every household had at least one VCR player, there was 8 mm film. Next to blank tapes for your own home movies you could buy selected bits from completed films, with or without sound (depending on the capabilities of your projector). My father used to buy films from the silent era and Loony Tunes. The very last one he got was called "La Magia", a 3 minuted black and white edit of "Knightmare Hare".

For some reason the editors deemed the exposition part unnecessary, so they removed the scene where Bugs Bunny gets knocked out by a falling apple while reading "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court". They also skipped the part with the Black Knight, leaving "La Magia" to open with Bugs angrily talking to himself (no idea what he's saying) while wearing a robe. Then a Dragon who looks like a cross between "The Reluctant Dragon" and "Pete's Dragon" runs past.

After easily getting rid of the fire breather, Bugs enters a tower where (according to the mailbox) Merlin Monroe resides. Apparently there were many more puns uttered in this cartoon, but I have yet to hear them. Merlin looks like Witch Hazel's brother just escaped from the loony bin. He even has one of those little propeller caps that only little kids and total fruitcakes are allowed to wear. Beside the historical inaccurate garb, the dreamlike atmosphere is made even more apparent by the use of one dimensional checkered floors in Castle Monroe. Richard Williams' epic 30 year production "The Thief and the Cobbler" would make even greater and stranger use of this idea. Merlin decides to try out his Magic Powder on Bugsy, but POUF, the magic Bunny has some tricks of his own up his sleeve (and under his thumb).

Since they cut out the set up, the bit with Bugs waking up beneath the tree also had to go, and suddenly Mr. B is back in a robe for the usual did-he-or-didn't-he? coda. Although this was not the most enjoyable Loony Toon in our little home collection, being able to dissect 3 minutes of Warner animation by playing it at different speeds, in reverse and freeze frame made me appreciate the art of animation even more. Maybe somewhere in time I might find the complete version.

4 out of 10 (not a bad score for half a cartoon)

Update: finally having tracked down the complete version, it turns out I had not seen half of it. It turns out an apple fell on Bugs' hairdryer (he had 'just washed his ears' ) while reading "Tales of knighthood and gallantry" by Burton. This set up leads to a namedropping encounter with a knight, Sir O of K. Bugs is really out of his league in the physical department, being unable to lift his sword, but still manages to outwit Mel Blanc's English accented oaf. The encounter with the Dragon/Horney toad is a lot better with the sound effects, funnier too. Now that I know at last how Bugs figures out how to get back to the present (he uses another apple), I must revise my original rating and give this legendary caper

7 out of 10

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