|Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series|
|Directed by||Robert McKimson|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer
|Story by||Warren Foster|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Phil De Lara
|Layouts by||Cornett Wood|
|Backgrounds by||Richard H. Thomas|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||November 18, 1950 (USA)|
Bushy Hare is a Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny Cartoon made in 1949, released in 1950, directed by Robert McKimson. Bugs winds up in the Australian Outback, where he is switched with a baby kangaroo and has to deal with an aborigine hunter. The title is a play on "bushy hair" along with aborigines stereotypically being from "the bush" country.
The baby kangaroo is played by Hippety Hopper, in a cameo appearance. This is the only cartoon in which Hippety Hopper is not paired with Sylvester the Cat, and the only one in which the character speaks (with one line at the end); like Bugs, Hippety is voiced by Mel Blanc.
Bugs pops out in Golden Gate Park and encounters a man, who asks Bugs to hold his balloons while he ties his shoelaces. Bugs complies, but soon finds himself drifting off into the ocean. Eventually he clashes in midair with a stork delivering a kangaroo joey, leading to Bugs getting switched with the joey, brought to Australia, and dropped into a kangaroo's arms. Bugs refuses to be the kangaroo's baby, but feels guilty after the kangaroo starts crying and agrees to be its 'baby'.
After a wild ride inside the kangaroo's pouch, Bugs gets out and is then struck by a boomerang thrown by an aborigine, whom Bugs later calls "Nature Boy". Bugs throws the boomerang away but it hits him again. Nature Boy confronts Bugs, who teases him into a yelling fit. Nature Boy throws his spear at Bugs, who runs and dives into a rabbit hole. Bugs tricks Nature Boy into thinking he's stabbing the rabbit down the hole, then kicks the man down into the hole.
Later Nature Boy spies Bugs walking and attempts to shoot a poisonous fruit at him, but Bugs blows through his bamboo blowgun, causing the man to ingest the fruit instead. Nature Boy then chases Bugs in a canoe and then up a cliff where the two of them fight in the kangaroo's pouch. Finally, Bugs kicks Nature Boy out and the kangaroo kicks him off of the cliff. Then, the joey floats down from the sky into his mother's pouch. The kangaroo gives Bugs a ride back to the US, using an outboard motor to power the kangaroo across the sea.
Edited version and Unofficial ban
- When this cartoon aired on Nickelodeon, a scene wherein Nature Boy has "cornered" Bugs in a hole and starts jabbing his spear into the hole and Bugs meanwhile stands behind him, dramatizing all kinds of death shrieks, was edited; When Bugs finally finishes his death cries with, "Just go away and leave me to die in peace," Nature reacts by laughing with evil delight and jabbing his spear into the hole with more vigor, and Bugs watches with disgust and says, "Why, you little..!" and then kicks Nature into the hole. It is the latter two reactions that were cut so that the cartoon went from, "...leave me to die in peace," directly to where Bugs kicks him into the hole, tickles his feet, and says, "How 'Nature Boy' can you get?!"
- That was one of the 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons skipped from Cartoon Network's 2001 "June Bugs" marathon by order of Time Warner due to Bugs' antagonist being an ethnic stereotype (in this case it is an Australian Aborigine hunter).
"Bushy Hare" was released on the single-disc Looney Tunes Superstars DVD released in April 2010 .
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