The Heckling Hare
Studio: Warner Bros. Release Date : July 5, 1941 Series: Merrie Melodies

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Bugs is pitted up against a hunting dog.


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


Note: "Unverified" credits may not be correct and should be taken with a grain of salt.


Fred "Tex" Avery


Robert "Bob" McKimson
Rod Scribner (unverified)


Michael "Mike" Maltese


Carl W. Stalling


Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc (unverified)


Leon Schlesinger

Film Editor

Treg Brown (unverified)


Milton J. "Milt" Franklyn (unverified)


Cartoon Network


Warner Bros.

Clips Used In:

50 Years of Bugs Bunny in 3½ Minutes

Reused Animation Used in:

Tortoise Wins By a Hare (the scene where Bugs puts on his swimming cap and adjusts it is reused.)

Included in:

What's Up, Doc?: A Salute to Bugs Bunny

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.


  • 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".


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


United States

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


United States

Looney Tunes Golden Collection - Volume 2
Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection - Volume 8
Bugs Bunny: Golden Carrot Collection


Bugs Bunny Retrospective: 1936-1958

Technical Specifications

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

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