To Hare Is Human

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To Hare is Human
Merrie Melodies (Bugs Bunny) series
To Hare is Human title card.png
Title card
Directed by Chuck Jones
Produced by Eddie Selzer
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Milt Franklyn
Animation by Abe Levitow
Richard Thompson
Ken Harris
Ben Washam
Layouts by Maurice Noble
Backgrounds by Philip DeGuard
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) December 15, 1956
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:59
Language English

"To Hare is Human" is a 1956 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones. It stars Bugs Bunny and Wile E. Coyote. The title is a play on the expression, "To err is human; to forgive, divine." This was also the final cartoon to be made at "Termite Terrace" before the studio moved to the Burbank lot.

Plot[edit]

Wile E. Coyote captures his prey, Bugs Bunny, by forcing him into a sack. However, Bugs is easily able to escape his predicament by making two holes with his carrot. Bugs asks "What ya got in the bag, doc?", prompting Wile E.'s long-winded explanation about how he is a genius. The bunny replaces himself with dynamite, and it isn't long before Wile E. is the victim of a pair of explosions, the second coming when he runs to the elevator.

The determined coyote then builds his latest contraption: A do-it-yourself UNIVAC Electronic Brain, which he consults for suggestions in capturing Bugs. The machine provides the recommendations after Wile E. supplies key words.

Wile E. Coyote's efforts include the following:

  • "Rabbit," "in hole," and "combination lock." The UNIVAC suggests burglary methods, providing a combination to the door of Bugs' hole. Wile E. breaks in that night, but slips on a banana peel Bugs nonchalantly places at the base of his hole. The Coyote falls into the Coyote Disposal and over a cliff.
  • "Breakfast," "toaster," and "carrots," resulting in Wile E. placing hand grenades in Bugs' carrot toaster. The grenades spring right back at Wile E. and explode in his face. Bugs then quotes: "One of these days, I'm gonna have to have that spring fixed."
  • Upon asking "What now?", Wile E. tries a plunger, but Bugs uses a ventilation pipe to cause his would-be captor to get sucked in.
  • A recommendation to "slip TNT stick into vacuum cleaner" appears to be the break Wile E. is looking for, as the live stick is vacuumed up. However, Wile E. doesn't count on Bugs emptying the vacuum bag into a garbage can that he is hiding in.
  • "Well, how about trying a booby trap in the carrot patch?" Wile E. places a boulder above Bugs' carrot patch. Bugs, wearing a bonnet and bow tie, nonchalantly singing (to the tune of "Time Waits For No One") "Carrots wait for no one, so I'll pick them now / Before they are eaten by some slobby cow / Carrots wait for no one, so I'll pick them now.") harvests the carrot meant to trigger the trap, without setting off the trap. However, when Wile E. pulls at the trap, it is triggered. A panicked Wile E. desperately asks the UNIVAC, "Rock," "falling." "What'll,"I," "do?" The answer provides no solace: "Go back and take your medicine." Wile E. goes back and is flattened by the boulder, once and for all.

The UNIVAC's intelligence is then revealed to be Bugs when the computer screen slides open. Bugs then quotes: "Of course the real beauty of this machine is that it has only one moving part."

Censorship[edit]

When this cartoon aired on ABC, the following scenes were cut:

  • Wile E. looking into his sack and being blasted in the face by the detonating TNT inside of the sack.
  • Wile E. suffering another dynamite explosion in his portable elevator
  • Two hand grenades dropped by Wile E. into Bugs' toaster popping prematurely into a position beside Wile E. and exploding there
  • The lit dynamite stick that Wile E. placed in Bugs' vacuum cleaner exploding in the trash can where Wile E. is hiding and into which Bugs dumped the contents of his vacuum cleaner bag.

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Preceded by
Wideo Wabbit
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1956
Succeeded by
Ali Baba Bunny