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The Hasty Hare is a 1952 Looney Tunes short directed by Chuck Jones.

Title

The title is a play on the 1949 Warner Bros. film The Hasty Heart.

Plot

As "Powerhouse" plays in the background, Marvin the Martian, Commander of the X2 vessel, is traveling to Earth. Upon landing, he opens his assignment envelope: return one Earth creature back to Mars, signed, Commander E=mc². With the help of his Martian dog, K-9, he finds Bugs' rabbit hole. As the two observe the hole, they are pushed back when Bugs cleans out a bucket of carrot stems. Seeing their getup, Bugs assumes it must be Halloween, thinking that both Marvin and K-9 are young children dressed as trick-or-treaters, so he hands them each a bag of treats. A puzzled Marvin then decides that he'll have to use force. He pulls out his disintegrating gun and atomizes a large hole where the small rabbit hole used to be. Bugs shrieks, "How Halloween-y can you get?" before seeing the flying saucer.

Marvin tells Bugs that he's to come back to Mars with him. Bugs tries to act defiant, but goes slightly insane when Marvin uses his pistol against a nearby rock, disintegrating it and part of the ground under it. He quickly gets some bags and runs into the ship, then runs back out as a train conductor, telling Marvin and K-9, "Flying saucer, leaving for Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter, Venus, the Dog Star, and Mars. All aboard!" Marvin and K-9 rush on the ship and fly off, then realize their mistake in mid-flight and fly back. "Oh! That wasn't a bit nice! [huff, puff] You have made me very angry, [huff, puff] very angry indeed."

Bugs convinces Marvin that he wants to go to Mars, but he doesn't want to get involved in a mutiny, implying that K-9 is going against Marvin. Marvin calls K-9 over and atomizes him, but K-9 pulls himself out of his helmet, asking what he did wrong in a note signed, 'Anxious'. Bugs starts walking off, but Marvin and K-9 shoot him with an ACME Straight-jacket ejecting bazooka, tying Bugs up. On the ship, Marvin is piloting while K-9 watches over Bugs, labeled "One over-confident Earth creature". Bugs convinces K-9 to let him 'try on something more sporty - maybe in a size 36'. Now out of the straight-jacket, Bugs quickly ties K-9 up, then grabs another jacket and yells that the ship has struck an iceberg, quickly tying up Marvin as well, telling Marvin it's a life preserver.

Now with both of them tied up, labeled "Two disgruntled Martians", Bugs tries turning the ship back home. After a brief out-of-control spin, he starts to fly back, but throws out an anchor to steady the ship. The anchor pulls on a crescent moon, which in turn pulls on Saturn's rings, a large planet, and other assorted stars. Back on Earth, a small man in an observatory looks into his telescope, only to see the spaceship and the planets directly in front of him. The man then writes a note "I resign! When I begin to see things like this, it's time to take up turkey farming. Signed, I. Frisby" and leaves. Outside, Bugs asks the man if he knows where he can sell a "slightly used flying saucer; it's only got three billion miles on it." The man then starts making spastic movements and walking off, causing Bugs to aside, "Huh, what's biting him?"

Availability

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Censorship

  • The CBS version of this short cut the scene of Marvin the Martian blasting his dog with a laser gun.
  • Cartoon Network and its sister channel Boomerang edited a rather innocuous part where after the Friz Freleng-esque astronomer sees Bugs' spaceship with the stars, planets, and moons attached to it, he writes a note and leaves, then it cuts to a close-up of the note and it reads, "I resign! When I begin to see things like this, it's time to take up turkey farming." The CN version just has the shot of the astronomer staring in shock after seeing the spaceship, then it cuts to him walking out of the observatory before being questioned by Bugs. Other CN/Boomerang feeds outside America however aired this scene uncut.

Notes

  • This is the first cartoon where Marvin the Martian's character design has been finalized; in contrast to his debut appearance in "Haredevil Hare", here he is redesigned slightly with smaller eyes.
  • This is the first short where Marvin the Martian has its familiar nasal voice which would continue to be used permanently in subsequent appearances (his familiar nasal voice is actually based on the voice from the unseen emcee who says this one line "Shall we give it to him, folks?" from "What's Cookin' Doc?").
  • I. Frisby is a caricature of Friz Freleng.
  • Just as the Friz Freleng-esque astronomer, I. Frisby, walks down stairs, to look outside, the song "Turkey in the Straw" plays for five to ten seconds.
  • When shown on The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show (Final Season), the title was changed to Hasty Hare.
  • This short was used in the special Bugs Bunny's Lunar Tunes.

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Preceded by
Water, Water Every Hare
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1952
Succeeded by
Oily Hare
Bugs Bunny Shorts
1938 Porky's Hare Hunt
1939 Prest-O Change-OHare-um Scare-um
1940 Elmer's Candid CameraA Wild Hare
1941 Elmer's Pet RabbitTortoise Beats HareHiawatha's Rabbit HuntThe Heckling HareAll This and Rabbit StewWabbit Twouble
1942 The Wabbit Who Came to SupperThe Wacky WabbitHold the Lion, PleaseBugs Bunny Gets the BoidFresh HareThe Hare-Brained HypnotistCase of the Missing Hare
1943 Tortoise Wins by a HareSuper-RabbitJack-Wabbit and the BeanstalkWackiki WabbitFalling Hare
1944 Little Red Riding RabbitWhat's Cookin' Doc?Bugs Bunny and the Three BearsBugs Bunny Nips the NipsHare Ribbin'Hare ForceBuckaroo BugsThe Old Grey HareStage Door Cartoon
1945 Herr Meets HareThe Unruly HareHare TriggerHare ConditionedHare Tonic
1946 Baseball BugsHare RemoverHair-Raising HareAcrobatty BunnyRacketeer RabbitThe Big SnoozeRhapsody Rabbit
1947 Rabbit TransitA Hare Grows in ManhattanEaster YeggsSlick Hare
1948 Gorilla My DreamsA Feather in His HareRabbit PunchBuccaneer BunnyBugs Bunny Rides AgainHaredevil HareHot Cross BunnyHare SplitterA-Lad-In His LampMy Bunny Lies over the Sea
1949 Hare DoMississippi HareRebel RabbitHigh Diving HareBowery BugsLong-Haired HareKnights Must FallThe Grey Hounded HareThe Windblown HareFrigid HareWhich Is WitchRabbit Hood
1950 Hurdy-Gurdy HareMutiny on the BunnyHomeless HareBig House BunnyWhat's Up Doc?8 Ball BunnyHillbilly HareBunker Hill BunnyBushy HareRabbit of Seville
1951 Hare We GoRabbit Every MondayBunny HuggedThe Fair Haired HareRabbit FireFrench RarebitHis Hare Raising TaleBallot Box BunnyBig Top Bunny
1952 Operation: RabbitFoxy by Proxy14 Carrot RabbitWater, Water Every HareThe Hasty HareOily HareRabbit SeasoningRabbit's KinHare Lift
1953 Forward March HareUpswept HareSouthern Fried RabbitHare TrimmedBully for BugsLumber Jack-RabbitDuck! Rabbit, Duck!Robot Rabbit
1954 Captain HareblowerBugs and ThugsNo Parking HareDevil May HareBewitched BunnyYankee Doodle BugsBaby Buggy Bunny
1955 Beanstalk BunnySahara HareHare BrushRabbit RampageThis Is a Life?Hyde and HareKnight-Mare HareRoman Legion-Hare
1956 Bugs' BonnetsBroom-Stick BunnyRabbitson CrusoeNapoleon Bunny-PartBarbary-Coast BunnyHalf-Fare HareA Star Is BoredWideo WabbitTo Hare Is Human
1957 Ali Baba BunnyBedevilled RabbitPiker's PeakWhat's Opera, Doc?Bugsy and MugsyShow Biz BugsRabbit Romeo
1958 Hare-Less WolfHare-Way to the StarsNow, Hare ThisKnighty Knight BugsPre-Hysterical Hare
1959 Baton BunnyHare-abian NightsApes of WrathBackwoods BunnyWild and Woolly HareBonanza BunnyA Witch's Tangled HarePeople Are Bunny
1960 Horse HarePerson to BunnyRabbit's FeatFrom Hare to HeirLighter Than Hare
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitCompressed HarePrince Violent
1962 Wet HareBill of HareShishkabugs
1963 Devil's Feud CakeThe Million HareHare-Breadth HurryThe UnmentionablesMad as a Mars HareTransylvania 6-5000
1964 Dumb PatrolDr. Devil and Mr. HareThe Iceman DuckethFalse Hare
1979 Bugs Bunny's Christmas CarolFright Before Christmas
1980 Portrait of the Artist as a Young BunnySpaced Out Bunny
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 (Blooper) Bunny
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
1997 From Hare to Eternity
2004 Hare and Loathing in Las VegasDaffy Duck for President
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