Mad as a Mars Hare
Studio: Warner Bros. Release Date : October 19, 1963 Series: Merrie Melodies

Cumulative rating:
(5 ratings submitted)


Bugs Bunny is sent on a rocket ship to Mars to claim it for the planet earth. But he doesn't know that Marvin the Martian is there waiting for him.


Bugs Bunny
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)
Marvin the Martian
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)



Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones


Karyl Ross "Ken" Harris
Richard "Dick" Thompson
Bob Bransford
Thomas "Tom" Ray


John W. Dunn


William "Bill" Lava


Robert "Bob" Singer


Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc

Effects Animation

Harry Love

Film Editor

Treg Brown


Maurice Noble


Cartoon Network


Warner Bros.

Clips Used In:

50 Years of Bugs Bunny in 3½ Minutes

Included in:

Bugs Bunny in Space


The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show (Season 1, Episode 12)
The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show (Season 1, Episode 12)
The Bugs Bunny & Tweety Show (Season 2, Episode 22)


United States

Wabbit Tales


Bugs & Marvin: Martian Mayhem

Laserdisc (CLV)


Bugs & Friends


United States

Bugs Bunny - Hare Extraordinaire
LooneyTunes Platinum Collection - Volume 1
Looney Tunes Super Stars 3-Pack
Looney Tunes Super Stars 3-Pack
Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes / Marvin the Martian Space Tunes (Double Feature)

BluRay Disc

United States

LooneyTunes Platinum Collection - Volume 1 (Blu-Ray)

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 6:57
Production No.: 1667
MPAA No.: 20226
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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From ToonStar95 :

I think this is one of Chuck Jones' weakest cartoons, as well as Bugs Bunny's. The animation isn't interesting, many of the jokes fall flat, and there's WAY too much dialogue (and this is from a guy who said he was against "illustrated radio"). Overall, a very boring and lackluster cartoon.
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From kintutoons32 :

Pretty decent for Marvin's very last theatrical appearance. Nothing too amazing or special for that matter, but at least here, there's something slightly enjoyable.
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From DVDLooney :

In my view, This was still a good cartoon for 1963. This cartoon demonstrates that Bugs Bunny still has some life in him as a character. Needless to say, the music isn't great, but the Warners studio didn't have a lot of budgets to work with at the time.
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From TibbyH :

There are two sides to John Dunn's writing: the good side is his pension for surrealist humor, and bad side is he can write WAY too much dialogue. I guess Dunn, Chuck Jones and the rest of the staff didn't particularly care about this short, because it's a very boring and mind-numbing time. The cartoon drags along with no real plot or goals, it's just a bunch of talking heads trying to eat up 6 minutes of time so they can get their paychecks. And the problem is not that there's a lot of dialogue. Good TV cartoons have proven that well written, intelligent, and/or hilarious dialogue can make up for poor animation or direction. Sadly, the writing is beyond lackluster and makes me think nothing out of John Dunn's storyboards were cut out (including the first draft lines). Chuck Jones' direction is way too flat, making viewing this train wreck all the more painful. And as hearing the dialogue didn't already wanna make me tear my ears out, Bill Lava's ear grating music makes me wish I could never hear in the first place. If I may say one positive, the backgrounds aren't too bad and the animators did what they could to salvage this. Otherwise, this is about as bottom of the barrel as you can get. No contest, one of the absolute worst cartoons of the Warner Bros Golden Age and a terrible sign of things to come in the future.
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