Tortoise Beats Hare

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Tortoise Beats Hare
Merrie Melodies (Bugs Bunny) series
Bugs Bunny, disgusted after reading the title of the cartoon.
Directed by Supervision:
Fred Avery (read by Bugs Bunny)
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Dave Monahan (read by Bugs Bunny)
Voices by Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Music by Musical direction:
Carl Stalling (read by Bugs Bunny)
Milt Franklyn (uncredited)
Animation by Charles and Robert McKimson (credited and listed as "Charles McKimson" while Bugs Bunny read the credit and listed as "Robert McKimson" and the screen in the uncredited)
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Virgil Ross (uncredited)
Sid Sutherland (uncredited)
Layouts by Tex Avery (uncredited)
Backgrounds by John Didrik Johnsen (uncredited)
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) March 15, 1941
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:55
Language English

Tortoise Beats Hare is a 1941 Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Tex Avery. The short, loosely based on the Aesopian fable The Tortoise and the Hare, stars Bugs Bunny and, in his first appearance, Cecil Turtle.


As the opening credits appear, Bugs Bunny comes on the screen while eating an obligatory carrot and absent-mindedly begins reading them, grossly mispronouncing all of them in the process (e.g. /əˈvɛrɪ/ for "Avery" over the correct /ˈvərɪ/) except for the word "story," the first names of Dave Monahan and Fred Avery, and all of Carl W. Stalling's name. As he finishes, he sees the name of the cartoon and becomes exasperated, spitting out his mouthful of the carrot he was eating. After a brief tirade involving ripping apart the opening credits, he finds Cecil Turtle and bets him ten dollars he can win against him in a race. Cecil accepts and, ringing up his cousins on a telephone, devises a scheme in which they will double as him at significant points along the track while he himself crosses the finish line ahead of Bugs and claims the money. After Bugs realizes he may have been tricked the entire time, Cecil and his cousins appear behind him, each with a dollar in hand, and kiss him.

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DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2, Disc One

Blu-ray/DVD - Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2, Disc Two

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Preceded by
Elmer's Pet Rabbit
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt