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Bushy Hare
Bushyhare
Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: November 18, 1950
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Charles McKimson
Rod Scribner
Phil DeLara
John Carey
J.C. Melendez
Layouts: Cornett Wood
Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Bugs Bunny
Italian Balloon Vendor
Aborigine (Nature Boy)
Stork
Mother Kangaroo
Hippety Hopper
Preceded By: Pop 'Im Pop!
Succeeded By: Caveman Inki
Bushy hare

Bushy Hare is an animated Bugs Bunny Cartoon made in 1949, released in 1950, by Robert McKimson. Bugs winds up switched with a baby kangaroo and has to deal with 'Nature Boy', an aborigine who is hunting Bugs. This cartoon is the only cartoon where Hippety Hopper (who makes a cameo at the end) speaks (with one line); like Bugs, Hippety is voiced by Mel Blanc.

Title

The title is a play on "bushy hair" along with aborigines stereotypically being from "the bush" country.

Plot

Bugs pops out in Golden Gate Park and encounters a man whom he initially thinks is a 'bad guy', but who asks Bugs to hold on to his balloons while he ties his shoelaces. Bugs complies, but soon finds himself drifting off into the ocean. After commenting that "something's gotta happen pretty soon", that 'something' is a stork delivering a baby joey to a kangaroo. The joey bears a strong resemblance to Hippety Hopper, a McKimson character. After a mixup in a cloud, where Bugs is switched with the joey, Bugs finds himself in Australia dropped into a kangaroo's pouch.

Bugs at first tries walking away from the kangaroo, but feels guilty after the kangaroo starts crying and agrees to be its 'baby' (a gag used before by McKimson in Gorilla My Dreams). After a wild ride inside the kangaroo's pouch, Bugs tries walking, but is soon felled by a boomerang thrown by an aborigine, whom Bugs later calls "Nature Boy". Bugs tries throwing the boomerang away (commenting, "that thing can give you a conclusion of the brain"), but is hit again and is soon chased by 'Nature Boy'. The aborigine thinks he's stabbing Bugs in a rabbit hole, but Bugs winds up kicking him in the hole instead. An attempt to shoot Bugs with a dart similarly backfires. Eventually, Bugs is chased by 'Nature Boy', first in a canoe, Where Nature Boy sits and rows in the rear, on the Billabong, (A large pond,or lake), through the Tunnel of Love {"Gosh, Nature, I didn't know you cared"}, and then goes up a cliff, where he and 'Nature Boy' fight in the kangaroo's pouch, before the aborigine is kicked out and knocked off the cliff. The joey is then seen floating down and into the kangaroo's pouch.

The kangaroo and her son agree to give Bugs a lift back to the United States, with a speedboat motor attached to the kangaroo's tail. The cartoon ends with Bugs telling the joey to "batten down the hatches!" When the joey replies, "I did batten them down!" Bugs replies, quoting Lou Costello, "Well, batten them down again! We'll teach those hatches!"

Censorship

  • When this cartoon aired on Nickelodeon, a scene wherein Nature Boy has "cornered" Bugs in a hole and starts jabbing his spear into the hole and Bugs meanwhile stands behind him, dramatizing all kinds of death shrieks, was edited; When Bugs finally finishes his death cries with, "Just go away and leave me to die in peace," Nature reacts by laughing with evil delight and jabbing his spear into the hole with more vigor, and Bugs watches with disgust and says, "Why, you little..!" and then kicks Nature into the hole. It is the latter two reactions that were cut so that the cartoon went from, "...leave me to die in peace," directly to where Bugs kicks him into the hole, tickles his feet, and says, "How 'Nature Boy' can you get?!"
  • This was one of the 12 Bugs Bunny cartoons removed from Cartoon Network's 2001 "June Bugs" marathon by order of Time Warner due to Bugs' antagonist being an ethnic stereotype (in this case it is an Australian Aborigine hunter).

Availability

"Bushy Hare" was released on the single-disc Looney Tunes Superstars DVD set coming in April 2010

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Preceded by
Bunker Hill Bunny
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1950
Succeeded by
Rabbit of Seville
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
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1979 Bugs Bunny's Christmas CarolThe Fright Before Christmas
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1991 Blooper Bunny
1992 Invasion Of The Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
1996 From Hare To Eternity
2004 Daffy Duck for PresidentHare and Loathing In Las Vegas

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