Bushy Hare

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Bushy Hare
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series
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Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by Edward Selzer
(uncredited)
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Phil De Lara
J.C. Melendez
Charles McKimson
Rod Scribner
John Carey
Layouts by Cornett Wood
Backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) November 18, 1950 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:15
Language English

Bushy Hare is an animated Bugs Bunny Cartoon made in 1949, released in 1950, directed by Robert McKimson. Bugs winds up in the Australian Outback, where he is switched with a baby kangaroo and has to deal with an aborigine hunter. The title is a play on "bushy hair" along with aborigines stereotypically being from "the bush" country.

The baby kangaroo is played by Hippety Hopper, in a cameo appearance. This is the only cartoon in which Hippety Hopper is not paired with Sylvester the Cat, and the only one in which the character speaks (with one line at the end); like Bugs, Hippety is voiced by Mel Blanc.

Plot[edit]

Bugs pops out in Golden Gate Park and encounters a man, who asks Bugs to hold his balloons while he ties his shoelaces. Bugs complies, but soon finds himself drifting off into the ocean. Eventually he clashes in midair with a stork delivering a kangaroo joey, leading to Bugs getting switched with the joey, brought to Australia, and dropped into a kangaroo's arms. Bugs refuses to be the kangaroo's baby, but feels guilty after the kangaroo starts crying and agrees to be its 'baby'.

After a wild ride inside the kangaroo's pouch, Bugs gets out and is then struck by a boomerang thrown by an aborigine, whom Bugs later calls "Nature Boy". Bugs throws the boomerang away but it hits him again. Nature Boy confronts Bugs, who teases him into a yelling fit. Nature Boy throws his spear at Bugs, who runs and dives into a rabbit hole. Bugs tricks Nature Boy into thinking he's stabbing the rabbit down the hole, then kicks the man down into the hole.

Later Nature Boy spies Bugs walking and attempts to shoot a poisonous fruit at him, but Bugs blows through his bamboo blowgun, causing the man to ingest the fruit instead. Nature Boy then chases Bugs in a canoe and then up a cliff where the two of them fight in the kangaroo's pouch. Finally, Bugs kicks Nature Boy out and the kangaroo kicks him off of the cliff. Then, the joey floats down from the sky into his mother's pouch. The kangaroo gives Bugs a ride back to the US, using an outboard motor to power the kangaroo across the sea.

Censorship[edit]

  • When this cartoon aired on Nickelodeon, the part where Nature Boy (the Aborigine hunter) jabs his spear in a hole while Bugs (standing behind him) dramatizes all kinds of death shrieks was cut to remove Nature Boy jabbing the spear into the hole with evil delight after Bugs moans, "Just go away and leave me to die in pieces!" and Bugs, disgusted that Nature Boy would stab him repeatedly while he's "dying", growls "Why you..." The Nickelodeon version goes from the part where Bugs moans "Just go away and leave me to die in pieces" to Bugs kicking Nature Boy in the hole and tickling his feet.
  • This cartoon was one of 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons that was scheduled to be on June Bugs' 2001 line-up on Cartoon Network, but was cut at the last minute due to ethnic stereotypes (in this case, it was the Aboriginal hunter).

Availability[edit]

"Bushy Hare" was released on the single-disc Looney Tunes Superstars DVD released in April 2010 [1].

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Bunker Hill Bunny
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1950
Succeeded by
Rabbit of Seville