The title card of Frigid Hare.
|Directed by||Charles M. Jones|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer|
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Phil Monroe|
|Layouts by||Robert Gribbroek|
|Backgrounds by||Peter Alvarado|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures |
The Vitaphone Corporation
|October 8, 1949 (USA)|
Frigid Hare is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short, released on October 8, 1949.:203:430 It is directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. The title can be seen as a simple play on "frigid air" and/or on the refrigerator brand called "Frigidaire".
While traveling to Miami Beach for an overdue vacation from Warner Brothers, Bugs Bunny yet again misses the left turn at Albuquerque and ends up at the South Pole. As Bugs studies a map, a young penguin fleeing an Eskimo hunter knocks him down, then disappears into the distance. The pursuing Eskimo does the same, but immediately returns to 'ask' Bugs which way the penguin went. Bugs sends the hunter in the opposite direction. He then finds that the penguin has grown attached to him. Wanting to get back to his vacation, Bugs fools the penguin into thinking they will spend part of it together, then distracts him and pushes him down a snowbank, only to see him slide into the hunter's bag. Bugs starts to resume his journey, suggesting to himself that he isn't responsible for what happens, but is quickly overcome by his better nature ("Oh, always somethin'! I'll never get to Miami!") and, through a clever ruse involving him disguising himself as a female Eskimo and followed by a chase and a close-call, he rescues the penguin. Bugs grumbles that he only has four days of vacation left. He learns from the penguin that, at the South Pole, the days are six months long. Figuring this means he can stretch his four-day vacation until July 1953, Bugs dons top hat and tails and accompanies the penguin on "a nice long formal vacation."
- Frigid Hare is available, uncut and restored, on the third disc of Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 (2003).
- Story: Michael Maltese
- Animation: Phil Monroe, Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris, Abe Levitow
- Layout: Robert Gribbroek
- Backgrounds: Peter Alvarado
- Film Editor: Treg Brown
- Voice Characterization: Mel Blanc
- Musical Direction: Carl Stalling
- Orchestrations: Milt Franklyn
- Producer: Edward Selzer
- Directed by: Charles M. Jones
- Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
- Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice And Magic: A History Of American Animated Cartoons (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Plume. ISBN 0-452-25993-2.
- Frigid Hare at The Big Cartoon DataBase bcdb.com May 9, 2011
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