|Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series|
|Directed by||Robert McKimson|
|Produced by||David H. DePatie (uncredited)|
|Story by||John Dunn|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Bill Lava|
|Animation by||Warren Batchelder
|Layouts by||Robert Givens|
|Backgrounds by||Robert Gribbroek|
|Studio||Warner Bros. Cartoons|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||July 18, 1964 (USA)|
|Running time||6 minutes|
False Hare is a 1964 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animated short starring Bugs Bunny and the Big Bad Wolf who had previously appeared in Now Hare This (with a special cameo appearance by Foghorn Leghorn). Released on July 18, 1964, the cartoon was written by John Dunn and directed by Robert McKimson.
This cartoon was the last production completed by the original Warner Bros. Cartoons studio, and is also the last to feature the "target" opening and closing title cards, and the long-familiar version of the "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" theme. That has marked the final appearance of Bugs Bunny during the Golden Age of American Animation; Bugs Bunny would not appear in a new cartoon again until 1980. It also was the last Bugs Bunny short to be released in theaters until 1990. False Hare was the second-to-last short from the original studio to be released; its follow-up, Señorella and the Glass Huarache, used the modernized Warner Bros. opening and closing credits sequence (introduced in the film Now Hear This) which would introduce the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies produced for Warner by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises between 1964 and 1967.
The Big Bad Wolf worshiped by his nephew, who calls him "Uncle Big Bad" (who previously appeared in The Turn Tale Wolf and Now Hare This) invites Bugs Bunny to join the Club Del Conejo, a club for rabbits. Bugs is wise to his game but plays along, just to stifle his boredom.
Big Bad admits Bugs in, and tricks him into signing an insurance form. Bugs' first initiation test is to ring a bell, rigged to cut a rope and let a safe fall on him. Bugs ticks off Big Bad by ringing the bell with a nail and a nickel. When Big Bad tells Bugs to hit the bell, Bugs merely flicks it, so Big Bad comes up and demonstrates himself. Big Bad gets flattened as a result.
Big Bad then tests out his next plan, to signal his nephew, so Big Bad's nephew will fling open a closet door, rigged to close an iron maiden on Bugs. Big Bad beckons Bugs for his club picture, with the iron maiden as a backdrop. Bugs pulls all sorts of poses, so Big Bad comes up to demonstrate the right pose. Bugs immediately says "I get it now," so that the nephew closes the iron maiden on his uncle. As Bugs steps out, the nephew peeks into the casket, and then closes it again, cringing.
Later, Big Bad tells Bugs to crawl through a hole which enters the mouth of a cannon. While Big Bad tells his nephew to pull the cord when he gives him the signal, Bugs paints another hole in the wall. When Big Bad sees there are two holes, Bugs tricks him into going into the booby-trapped one, so Big Bad gets blasted through the wall. Bugs then flips the wall so that when Big Bad demands a retry, he prevents Bugs from going into the booby-trapped one and gets blasted through the wall again.
Finally, Big Bad directs Bugs to climb inside a hollowed-out tree. Bugs climbs out when he sees the wolf pack it with explosives. The dynamite detonates and causes the tree to crash onto the Club Del Conejo. The nephew asks what to do next, and a battered Big Bad suggests opening a chicken club, and Foghorn Leghorn immediately appears eager to join. The cartoon closes with Bugs, sitting at a tree with the wolf's nephew, remarking: "I wonder which one will chicken out first."
"False Hare" is available, uncensored and uncut, on the Looney Tunes Superstars DVD. However, it was cropped to widescreen.
- When this cartoon aired on CBS, the part where The Big Bad Wolf tries to trick Bugs into having his membership photo taken inside an iron maiden and gets nailed himself after Bugs tricks the wolf's nephew into slamming the iron maiden shut was cut to remove the wolf getting impaled (though the scenes of Bugs failing to stay still for his "picture" were left intact).
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- False Hare at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- False Hare at the Internet Movie Database
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