Hyde and Hare

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Hyde and Hare
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series
Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Gerry Chiniquy
Arthur Davis
Virgil Ross
Ted Bonnicksen
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Irv Wyner
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) August 27, 1955 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

Hyde and Hare is a 1955 Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny cartoon, directed by Friz Freleng. The cartoon pits Bugs against Dr. Jekyll, who continues to turn into Mr. Hyde. The title is a play on the expression "neither hide nor hair."

Plot[edit]

Bugs comes out of his rabbit hole in a city park every morning because a kind gentleman keeps coming to feed him a carrot ("Well, here I go again with the 'timid little rabbit' routine. It's shameful, but - eh, it's a living!"). At first feigning the on-all-fours posture of a real rabbit, Bugs eventually stands up and confides that he'd rather simply go home with the gentleman as a "pet", since it would be easier on both of them. As the gentleman brings Bugs home, he remarks that it is strange that Bugs calls him "Doc" because, "I happen to be a doctor." The camera then pans up to show that the name above the apartment is none other than Dr. Jekyll.

Inside the house, Bugs gets used to his new surroundings. Going into a room with a door marked "laboratory" in search of a carrot for Bugs, Dr. Jekyll comes across a fizzing, red potion that he knows he shouldn't drink, but he gives in ("Oh, I'm so ashamed!!") and drinks the potion anyway. He then transforms into Mr. Hyde, with a monstrous green face and glowing red eyes. Bugs quickly realizes that this cackling, knuckle-dragging, axe-swinging monster is not something to be heckled. He runs away from the monster, but soon the monster reverts to Dr. Jekyll. Bugs, thinking that the monster is still after both of them, tries leading the doctor into various rooms and closets, with the eventual re-transformation of the doctor into Mr. Hyde. This continues for some minutes, until Dr. Jekyll decides that he's going to pour the rest of the formula down the drain. He goes into his laboratory, but finds only the empty beaker. The doctor asks Bugs if he drank the potion; Bugs becomes insulted at the idea and leaves ("I am going back to the park! There is no question of my integrity there.....").

Walking back to his park, Bugs transforms into a monstrous green rabbit (this would imply, at least to the viewers, that he DID drink the formula). The people at the park who are busy feeding the pigeons see Bugs and run away screaming. Bugs looks at them and wonders, "Now what's eating THEM? Hmph! You'd think they never saw a rabbit before!" After Bugs Bunny says his last lines, he sneeringly eats a carrot and watches the old ladies and old man run away as the screen closes.

Allusions[edit]

  • In the cartoon, Bugs sits down at a piano, places a candelabra upon it, and utters the phrase, "I wish my brother George was here". The reference was to Liberace, who had a brother George, and was also his conductor on TV. It also references Liberace's personal appearances during the 1950s.
  • The piano piece that Bugs plays is the Minute Waltz by Chopin, or as Bugs calls him "Choppin'."
  • When Bugs first sees Mr. Hyde, he says Ralph Kramden's line to him, "You... are a mental case!"

Appearances[edit]

The cartoon is available on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 DVD box set. You can play Hyde Bugs in the Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal video game.

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Preceded by
This is a Life?
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1955
Succeeded by
Knight-mare Hare