Prest-O Change-O

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Prest-O Change-O
Directed byChuck Jones
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
Story byRich Hogan (uncredited)
StarringMel Blanc (uncredited)
Animation byKen Harris
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
March 25, 1939
April 7, 1950 (Blue Ribbon rerelease)
Running time
7 minutes

Prest-O Change-O is a 1939 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones, and first released on March 25, 1939 by Warner Bros. It is the second and final appearance of the manic white hare from Porky's Hare Hunt, and the character's only appearance in a color film; the next hare-based short film, Hare-um Scare-um, would introduce a larger gray hare more closely resembling the character it would become in later shorts, Bugs Bunny. It was given a Blue Ribbon rerelease on April 7, 1950.


The Two Curious Puppies, one big and one little, are being pursued by a dog catcher until they hide in an abandoned house. They soon discover the house is owned by Sham-Fu, a magician who is unseen over the course of the short. As a result, each puppy (both of whom are separated from each other shortly after entering the house) encounters all manner of magic tricks, including Sham-Fu's pet hare. The bigger puppy is left to defend himself against the hare, itself a more than competent illusionist capable of all sorts of acts of cartoon physics, while the little one is engaged in a reckless battle with a Hindu rope and a magic wand, the latter of which he ends up accidentally swallowing, giving him bizarre hiccups throughout the rest of the movie.

The puppies and the hare all end up crashing into each other, at which point both puppies immediately attempt to pack everything back into Sham-Fu's trunk. Inexplicably, the little dog hiccups out a balloon containing the mischievous hare. However, this time, when the hare attempts another disappearing act, the bigger puppy is able to stop it in its tracks and punches the hare as hard as possible. The scene irises out on the hare, whose eye is blackened and covered with a lampshade and sitting in a goldfish bowl with his feet sticking out.

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Preceded by
Porky's Hare Hunt
Bugs Bunny prototype Cartoons
Succeeded by
Hare-um Scare-um