Sahara Hare

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Sahara Hare
Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny) series
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"When I say whoa, I mean WHOA!"
Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Milt Franklyn
Animation by Gerry Chiniquy
Ted Bonnicksen
Arthur Davis
Layouts by Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds by Irv Wyner
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) March 26, 1955 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

Sahara Hare is a 1955 Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short created in 1954 and directed by Friz Freleng.


This is another classic battle between Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam (Riff Raff Sam). Bugs pops up out from underground, thinking he has reached Miami Beach, when in reality he is in the Sahara Desert, presumably from "not making that left toin at Albukoike". He comes prepared with a beach chair, sunscreen, sunglasses and even a bucket of carrots and ice. Bugs runs across the desert for some time, eventually becoming dehydrated. He thinks he has found a nice park when he stumbles upon a water hole and a palm tree. (Much of this scene reuses animation from Frigid Hare.)

Meanwhile, Sam, riding on a camel, suddenly comes upon Bugs' tracks and exclaims: "Great horny toads! A trespasser, gettin' footy-prints all over my desert!" Sam orders the camel to move after the foot-prints and then orders it to slow down ("Whoa, camel, whoa!! Whoa!! WHOA!!!! Oh come on, whoa! When I say 'whoa!' I mean 'WHOA!'") before whacking it on the head with his rifle and knocking it out. As Sam scolds the camel for not slowing down ("Now I hope that'll warn ya, you hump-back muley!"), Bugs grabs Sam's keffiyeh and uses it to rub soap out of his eyes. Bugs then asks Sam his catchphrase "Eeehhh...what's up doc? You with the sideshow around here?" Sam angrily retorts "I'm no doc, ya fleabitten varmint! I am Riff-Raff Sam the riffiest riff that ever riffed a raff!"

Bugs flees and Sam orders his camel to follow Bugs, but it does not run until Sam yells "When I say 'giddy-up' I mean 'GIDDY-UP!' and whacks it in the posterior. Sam runs after the camel and orders it to slow down, repeating his "Whoa" phrase before hitting it in the head with the rifle once again ("When I say 'whoa' I mean WHOA!"). During this, Bugs spots a vintage car and tries to switch it on, but it turns out to be a mirage. Bugs flees into a deserted French army base.

Sam orders Bugs to surrender and open the door but Bugs throws open the door when Sam is in its way. The door crushes Sam and when Sam screams for Bugs to close it, it closes to reveal a flattened raging Sam. Sam then tries various methods to getting in the fort that all fail:

  • Sam tries to pole-vault into the fort but he ends up hitting a castle tower which shatters out its opposite side leaving an imprint in the shape of Sam's body.
  • Sam tries to saw out a brick in the gate to get entrance into the fort but Bugs puts a cannon in the hole, much to Sam's shock. Bugs fires, launching Sam across the desert. He smashes through a tree and leaves a scar on some sandy hills from where Sam was shoved through.
  • Sam uses stilts to reach the fort with a gun and says to Bugs "Okay, rabbit! I got a bead on ya!" but as he fires the gun, the stilts fall down with him and he stomps on them.
  • Sam uses an elephant to try to force his way into the fort but Bugs sets a toy mouse and lets it through the door. When the elephant sees the mouse it gets scared and uses Sam to swat it before it flees, leaving an injured and dizzy Sam behind.
  • Sam tries to sling-shot himself into the fort but first he hits a tree and slides off it. Sam then chops down the tree with a fire-ax and tries again but hits another tree next to the dead tree before sliding off again.
  • Sam puts a long board of wood on the fort gate's side and tries to climb it. Bugs, waiting at the top, uses a fire-ax to chop the wood in two bits; when the wood falls in two bits, Sam is revealed to have magically been chopped in two as well.

Eventually Bugs sets up a trap where in an entrance to the fort, Sam must open several doors to get into the fort; Bugs sets the final door with bombs so that if Sam tries to open it the explosives will detonate. As Sam continues to open all doors Bugs walks off. He then stops, turns around and waits ("I wonder if he's stubborn enough to open all those doors.") until a large explosion occurs ("Yep. He's stubborn enough."). Bugs continues walking away.

A hole then opens up on the ground. Similar to Bugs' arrival a beach chair, an umbrella and a bucket of ice come flying out of the hole. Daffy Duck then jumps out of the hole. Like Bugs in the beginning Daffy thinks he has arrived at Miami Beach and enthusiastically runs toward the non-existent ocean. Bugs tries to tell Daffy that he is not at Miami Beach, but Daffy ignores him. Bugs gives up and says, "Eh, let him find out for himself.".


When this was broadcast on ABC, Yosemite Sam attempts to stop his runaway camel by hitting it over the head with his rifle. In the first instance of this, gone was Sam rifle-striking the camel and a huge lump rising on the camel's head as its natural hump simultaneously flattened. In the second case, ABC did not edit the off-screen impact, but removed the dazed camel lying on the ground, another lump on its head, and Sam saying, "When I say whoa, I mean whoa!"


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Preceded by
Beanstalk Bunny
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Hare Brush