The Unruly Hare

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The Unruly Hare
Merrie Melodies/Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd series
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Story by Melvin Millar
Voices by Mel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce (uncredited)
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Cal Dalton
Art Davis (uncredited)
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) February 10, 1945
Color process Technicolor
Language English

The Unruly Hare is a 1945 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series directed by Frank Tashlin. It stars Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd (voiced by Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan, respectively). One of the railroad workers at the beginning was voiced by Tedd Pierce.

Plot[edit]

Elmer is a surveyor for a railroad company, and the path of the new railroad goes directly over Bugs' current residence.[1] Elmer disturbs Bugs' rest by singing "I've Been Wohking on the Wailwoad". Bugs plays tricks on Elmer by making him see lovely ladies and a forest fire through his surveying instructor and in response Elmer gets riled and shoots at him with excessively his shotgun. In between shooting rounds Bugs pulls more annoying pranks on Elmer. When Elmer tries a stick of dynamite on Bugs, Bugs gets Elmer into a football game with the dynamite as the ball, until the it set offs near a Railroad pile of wood.

Bugs undermines his own efforts, since the explosion instantly lays the tracks and rails in their intended location.[1] The creation of the railroad is followed immediately by the passing of an engine in full steam, Bugs riding in the back and waving goodbye. The film ends with a reference to travel conditions in the United States home front during World War II. He jumps off the train, noting that "None of us civilians should be doing any unnecessary traveling these days". He decides to walk the tracks instead, to the tune of My Country, 'Tis of Thee.[1]

Censorship[edit]

  • On the WB, the part where Elmer has his rifle pointed at Bugs and Bugs tricks him into shooting him with, "Only a rat should shoot a guy in the back" was cut.
  • Some local stations (and televised prints from the early 1960s) edit out the part where Elmer is looking through his surveying instrument and Bugs puts a magazine with lovely ladies in front of the telescope.
  • Another portion commonly edited out is immediately after the bunch of exploding cigars in Elmer's mouth have gone off, he is shown with a blackened face and a dazed look as he continues pumping his hand as if Bugs was still shaking it (although not intended as such, it was likely removed as part of an effort to remove all depictions of 'blackface' caricature from classic cartoons whether intended or not).

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Shull, Wilt (2004), p. 185-186

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Herr Meets Hare
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1945
Succeeded by
Hare Trigger