Hare Trimmed

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Hare Trimmed
Hare Trimmed.png
Directed byI. Freleng
Produced byEdward Selzer
(uncredited)
Story byWarren Foster
StarringMel Blanc
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byManuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Arthur Davis
Layouts byHawley Pratt
Backgrounds byIrv Wyner
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • June 20, 1953 (1953-06-20)
Running time
6:54
LanguageEnglish

Hare Trimmed is a 1953 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng and written by Warren Foster, which features Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam voiced by Mel Blanc, and Granny voiced by Bea Benaderet.

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The story opens in a town with a sign saying it is called Doughnut Center with a caption below that reads "What A Hole" and Sam reading a newspaper indicating that a local widow has just inherited $50 million (about $468,000,000 today). Sam plots to marry the widow and take the money, close the orphanage and get rid of the police department, but Bugs overhears him and plots to foil the plan by posing as a rival French suitor. The widow, who bears a striking resemblance to Granny, is very excited to have two suitors, but Sam is not. Challenging Bugs by throwing down a gauntlet, he slaps him with a glove; Bugs slaps him with a brick-filled glove. Bugs then challenges Sam to a shooting round at ten paces. Sam accepts and they go outside to do it. Timing the steps, Bugs counts out more then ten paces, but as he does not say the tenth step, Sam absentmindedly follows them, walking into the street. When Bugs finally counts out the tenth step, Sam turns to fire...and is run over by a bus, with Bugs pleased that it was on schedule, so he could have it run Sam over when it did. Bugs then poses as the widow, teasing him and pushing a piano down the stairs on him. The real widow arrives and offers a cup of black coffee. While Sam waits for his coffee, Bugs returns disguised again and asks whether Sam wants one lump or two (of sugar). Sam replies two and receives two blows from a mallet.

The real widow returns with Sam's coffee, and Sam violently kicks the cup with rage after she asks the same question, causing her to gasp in fear: "He's flipped his lid!" Hiding in an upstairs room, Sam then realizes what he just did and tries to apologize to her, but no avail, she shoots at Sam when he tries to enter. Outside the room, Bugs (still disguised) whistles at him. Again thinking Bugs to be the widow, Sam apologizes and accepts the two lumps, receiving two more mallet blows. After Bugs suggests they elope, he begins throwing down things to Sam out the window that he wants them to take along. So many things are thrown down that Sam says, "That dame's takin' everything but the kitchen sink!" which is then (ironically) promptly thrown down as well, much to Sam's surprised disbelief. The last to go is the safe, dazing Sam when it is dropped on his head with so much force, he ends up inside the safe, after which Bugs opens the safe door and they go to get married.

At the church, Bugs' gown bottom comes off, and Sam, seeing Bugs' cotton tail, refuses to marry him, running off. Bugs mock cries: "Boo-hoo-hoo! Always a bridesmaid but never a bride. Boo-hoo-hoo-hoo!" Iris out.

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