|Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny/Yosemite Sam series|
|Directed by||Friz Freleng|
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||Gerry Chiniquy
|Layouts by||Hawley Pratt|
|Backgrounds by||Tom O'Loughlin|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||February 13, 1960|
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.
Yosemite Sam is the leader of the Indian army and orders them to attack the fort. They fire arrows but Yosemite Sam orders the men to stop fighting when some arrows pierce his rear. They then decide to gentlemanly ask for the fort. However Sergeant Bugs locks it up and refuses to surrender. Yosemite Sam from a hill calls for Bugs to surrender by the count of five but Bugs is uninterested and shoots Sam. This leads to a battle. Bugs Bunny 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 Yosemite Sam to decide to kill Bugs himself. Yosemite Sam tries to fire his pistol but it remains stuck at the wrong time and always fires its' bullet whenever Bugs is holding it towards Sam.
Yosemite 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 battery-ram but when he hits the gate he ends up squashing Yosemite Sam who is directly in the ramming's path. Bugs Bunny then sends out the flattened dizzy Sam back to Geronimo who then says "Oh, boy. Me wouldn't like to be me tonight."
Yosemite 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 Yosemite'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 Yosemite 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 and Yosemite Sam concludes 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. Yosemite 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 Yosemite Sam screams "A-ha!" at Bugs, this provokes chief into punching his boss believing Sam shot him on purpose.
Later at an Indian party Yosemite Sam sees Bugs spying on them. Yosemite 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, Yosemite 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 Yosemite 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.
Edited versions and controversy
This cartoon has been edited in different ways due to its content:
• When aired as part of The Merrie Melodies Show, the entire "Ten Little Indians" scene was removed.
• When aired on Nickelodeon, the "Ten Little Indians" scene stayed in, but it was shortened to remove Bugs' "Half-Breed" comment.
Because of the dated references to American Indians, such as use of the slang "Injun", the cartoon is rarely if ever broadcast today.
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