The Heckling Hare
Studio: Warner Brothers Release Date : July 5, 1941 Series: Merrie Melodies
  1. General Info

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Synopsis

Bugs is pitted up against a hunting dog.

Characters

Bugs Bunny
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)
Willoughby
(Voice: Fred "Tex" Avery)

Credits

Director

Fred "Tex" Avery

Animator

Robert "Bob" McKimson
Rod Scribner

Story

Michael "Mike" Maltese

Music

Carl W. Stalling

Voices

Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc

Producer

Leon Schlesinger

Distributor(s)

Warner Brothers

Cut Scenes

The original ending had Bugs Bunny and Willoughby fall off three cliffs with Bugs telling the audience after the second fall and before the third, "Hold on to your hats, folks. Here we go again!". Leon Schlesinger intervened for unknown reasons, though there were two possibilities; One (the most popular) was that the "Hold on to your hats" line referred to a risqué joke at the time. The other, was that Schlesinger feared that Tex Avery had killed off Bugs Bunny by ending the cartoon with Bugs and Willoughby falling off the second cliff without a clear indication of whether or not they survived (according to Karl F. Cohen, Schlesinger found it inappropriate an ending). According to Martha Sigall, Leon Schlesinger found the second fall to be repetitious and objected to its inclusion because of that. He instructed Tex Avery to cut it, but he refused. Schlesinger overruled him as the boss and the cartoon was released with Bugs and Willoughby falling off the cliff once. This made Avery angry and left the studio which would lead him to work at MGM.

Trivia

Last produced Bugs Bunny cartoon directed by Tex Avery (the next Bugs Bunny short after this, "All This and Rabbit Stew" was proudced before "The Heckling Hare".

Television

Bugs 'n' Daffy (Season 2, Episode 11)

Video Information

VHS

United States

Bugs Bunny Classics (Special Collectors' Edition)
The Golden Age of Looney Tunes
Bugs Bunny By Each Director
Looney Tunes Collector's Edition: Tex-Book Looney
The Very Best of Bugs Bunny

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

The Golden Age of Looney Tunes
Bugs Bunny Classics (Special Collectors' Edition)

DVD

United States

Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Volume 2
Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection - Volume 8

Technical Specifications

MPAA No.: 6974
Production No.: 75
Running time: 7:34
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Type: Spherical
Original Language: English
Country of origin: United States

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    Sources

    Fred "Tex" Avery: Director
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Michael "Mike" Maltese: Story
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Robert "Bob" McKimson: Animator
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Carl W. Stalling: Music
    • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

    Rod Scribner: Animator
    • Unverified

    Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc: Voices
    • Unverified

    Leon Schlesinger: Producer
    • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)