Hare Do

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Hare Do
Hare-Do title card.png
Directed byI. Freleng
Produced byEddie Selzer
Story byTedd Pierce
StarringMel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byGerry Chiniquy
Manuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Layouts byHawley Pratt
Backgrounds byPaul Julian
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
January 15, 1949 (USA)
Running time
7:29
LanguageEnglish

Hare Do is a 1948 Merrie Melodies Cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd which was released in 1949. It is one of the few Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd pairings directed by Friz Freleng that was released after Hare Trigger, the debut of Yosemite Sam (most of whose appearances were in cartoons directed by Freleng). The title of the cartoon is an obvious pun on the term "hairdo," another word for a hairstyle. This is also last cartoon where Bugs is seen sitting on The Warner Bros. Shield and then he pulls it down during the post-1948 period. This would not occur again until (Blooper) Bunny in 1991.[1]

The cartoon's final scene is a nod to the ending of 1939's A Day at the Zoo, which featured Elmer's prototype Egghead being swallowed up by a lion.

Plot[edit]

Elmer Fudd is hunting for Bugs Bunny using his "Wabbit Detector". As he is searching, Bugs misleads Elmer, who walks off a cliff. Later Elmer gives chase to Bugs and Bugs hitches a ride in a car not noticing Elmer is the driver. When Bugs realizes that, Elmer stops the car at a movie theater.

Bugs pays his admission to get in the theater. After some pushing his way through the occupied seats and getting a snack, he is faced with Elmer. As Elmer follows Bugs pushing their way past the occupied seats Elmer comes across a little old lady, who hits Elmer for his interruption. Elmer finds out that the "old lady" is Bugs in disguise ensuing a scuffle with Bugs as he calls an usher who throws Elmer out.

Back at his seat, Bugs' view is blocked by a woman with a large hat-which turns out to be Elmer. Elmer chases Bugs to a different theater and is greeted by a message on screen requesting him to come to the box office. When Elmer inquires, Bugs splatters a pie in his face. Elmer then chases Bugs into the men's lounge, but Bugs rushes back out and replaces the sign with the sign from the ladies' lounge. Bugs reports Elmer to the usher who throws Elmer out again. When Elmer attempts to get back inside, he runs into a guard, who then scares Elmer away.

When Elmer sneaks back in, he ends up getting trampled by movie patrons going in and out, due to Bugs operating the notification lights until Elmer catches up to him. Elmer then chases Bugs back to the theater, where Bugs disguises himself as an usher and leads Elmer through the dark. Bugs then reveals himself on stage in a circus act, where his partner, Elmer, on a unicycle, will ride down a highwire and into the mouth of a lion. Due to Bugs having placed dark sunglasses on him in the dark, Elmer is unaware he's the act as he unknowingly unicycles down to the waiting lion. Bugs then opens the lion's mouth, where he hears Elmer's voice, completely unaware of where he is, wondering if the stunt guy made it. Bugs casts a side glance to the audience and says "Eh, yep, he made it".

Availability[edit]

Hare Do is available on Disc 1 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3 DVD set, restored and uncut.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hare Do". BCDB. 2013-01-16.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
My Bunny Lies Over The Sea
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1949
Succeeded by
Mississippi Hare