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