Hare-Way to the Stars

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Hare-Way to the Stars
Directed byChuck Jones
Produced byEddie Selzer
Story byMichael Maltese
StarringMel Blanc
Music byMilt Franklyn
Animation byRichard Thompson
Ken Harris
Abe Levitow
Harry Love
(special animation effects)
Layouts byMaurice Noble
Backgrounds byPhilip De Guard
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
March 29, 1958 (USA)
Running time
7 minutes

Hare-Way to the Stars is a 1958 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon featuring Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian. The title is a play on the song "Stairway to the Stars."


The cartoon starts when Bugs Bunny, feeling the effects of mixing radish juice with carrot juice the night before, unknowingly climbs out of his hole and into a rocket ship that is about to be launched into space. He realizes what has happened once he screws open the tip of the ship, and is immediately hit by the satellite Sputnik I ("Well, ask a silly question.") and lands on what appears to be a space station. While there, Bugs meets Marvin the Martian who is trying to blow up Earth with the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator (in reality a stick of dynamite; this is the same device he tried to use in his debut short Haredevil Hare, though that Space Modulator was Uranium rather than Illudium) because "it obstructs [his] view of Venus".

Bugs quietly steals Marvin's explosive and after hearing no explosion, Marvin wonders "Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom!". Marvin then discovers that the Space Modulator has been stolen by "that creature" and uses different tricks to try to catch Bugs and get the explosive back, including using ‘just add water' Instant Martians (who somewhat resemble the Martians of A Martian Odyssey and Jumpin' Jupiter) to chase Bugs around the space station and catch him. Bugs tricks the Instant Martians into flying off the road and falling through a trap door. Bugs then steals one of the Martian's spaceships, ("This Martian hot rod better get at least a million miles to the gallon - the Earth ain't just across the street.") and while flying by, swaps the Space Modulator he stole from Marvin for the bottle of Instant Martians. The explosive is lit, and soon explodes in Marvin's hand (destroying his space station in the process) just after Marvin finishes saying its name. Marvin concedes that it is "back to the old drawing board" while Bugs is flying back to Earth. When Bugs arrives at Earth, he crashes into a construction site warning sign and finds himself and the bottle of Instant Martians falling into the sewer. The Instant Martians begin to grow as Bugs climbs out of the sewer, frantically replaces the manhole cover and warns the audience to "Run for the hills folks, or you'll be up to your armpits in Martians!" before taking his own advice as the ground shakes with the invaders underneath.



The cartoon was featured on the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray box set (released November 15, 2011) with the cartoon restored and in high definition. This cartoon was also made part of the feature film The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (sometimes known as The Great American Chase).


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Preceded by
Hare-Less Wolf
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Now Hare This