Horse Hare

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Horse Hare
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series
Directed by Friz Freleng
Produced by John Burton, Sr. (uncredited)
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Milt Franklyn
Animation by Gerry Chiniquy
Virgil Ross
Arthur Davis
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Tom O'Loughlin
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) February 13, 1960
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:35
Language English

Horse Hare is a Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny cartoon released on February 13, 1960. It stars Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. This cartoon reuses the plot from Tom Tom Tomcat. It was the first Bugs Bunny cartoon of the 1960s.


The year is 1886 during the Indian wars, and Bugs Bunny is hired by the USA cavalry as a Sergeant. Sergeant Bugs one day is told to watch an American army base in Utah's desert as the cavalry battles a nearby Indian army. Bugs patrols and arms himself to defend the fort, but an army of Indians led by Yosemite Sam want to take the fort.

Sam is the leader of the Indian army and orders them to attack the fort. They fire arrows but Sam orders the men to watch it when some arrows pierce his rear. Sergeant Bugs locks the fort up. Sam tries to stop the men from approaching but they are crushed against the door. Sam from a hill calls for Bugs to surrender but Bugs is uninterested and shoots Sam. This leads to a battle. Bugs uses tally-marks to keep track of how many Indians he has killed or scared off singing "Ten Little Indians".

During the battle when an Indian tries to fire arrows at the fort, Bugs performs a trick by replacing an arrow with a stick of triggered dynamite causing Sam to decide to kill Bugs himself. Sam tries to fire his pistol but it remains stuck at the wrong time yet always fires a bullet whenever Bugs is holding it toward Sam.

Sam then orders his toughest biggest but stupid Indian thug, Geronimo, to break into the Fort's gate. Geronimo tries to use a giant tree tube as a battering ram but when he hits the gate he ends up squashing Sam who is directly in the ramming's path. Bugs then sends out the flattened dizzy Sam back to Geronimo who then says "Oh, boy. Me wouldn't like to be me tonight."

Sam then tries to arrow himself into the Fort. When he flies down towards the fort, he tries to shoot Bugs but Bugs simply puts a board of wood in front of Sam's landing so that Sam ends up hitting the and sliding out of the fort.

When the chief tries to fire his shots but miss, a frustrated Sam decides to shoot it himself. When he fires his shot, Bugs, hiding behind rocks, fires a bullet by slingshot into the chief's head. The chief scolds Sam; Sam responds that it was a "ricochet." When Sam fires Bugs does the same thing and chief tells Sam he will be dead meat if he does it again. Sam is suspicious that someone else is firing at them and to prove it; he fakes a shot, looks behind him and sees Bugs launch another bullet into chief's head. When Sam screams "A-ha!" at Bugs, this provokes the chief into punching his boss, believing Sam shot him on purpose.

Later at an Indian party Sam sees Bugs spying on them. Sam orders an attack but the cavalry comes to the rescue and Sam tries to call for his Indians to stop as the cavalry charges at them. While Bugs hides underground to avoid being killed in battle, Sam and his horse are unable to call off the attacks by both the cavalry and Indians and end up right in the middle between the two forces! After minutes of screeching, shouting, gunshots etc., Bugs looks up from his hole and sees nothing but feathers. Then a flattened Sam says "I hate you!" and the horse says "And I hate you!" to Sam as Bugs says "And me? I love everybody." to end the episode.

Reception and controversy[edit]

Because of the dated references to American Indians, such as use of the slang "Injun," the cartoon is rarely if ever broadcast today. This cartoon was one of the 12 pulled from Cartoon Network's 2001 "June Bugs" marathon due to its negative caricatures of Native Americans.[1][better source needed]

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Preceded by
People Are Bunny
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Person To Bunny