The title is a typical WB pun (as in "fresh air") that has little or nothing to do with the plot, other than being set in the crisp, frigid air of a Canadian winter.
In this short, the rotund early-1940s version of Elmer Fudd is portrayed as a Mountie in pursuit of Bugs Bunny, who is wanted for being a "screwy wabbit", across the snow-packed tundra (presumably in Canada). Elmer elaborates on the charges:
"Wesisting an officer, assawt and battewy, twespassing, distuwbing the peace, miscewwaneous misdemeanors, pubwic nuisance, twaffic viowations, going thwough a bouwevawd stop, jaywawking, twiple pawking, conduct unbecoming a wabbit, viowating twaffic weguwations--"
Bugs soon teaches Elmer that these are far from the only tricks he can pull.
The end of this cartoon where Bugs proclaims his last wish in a chorus of "I Wish I Were in Dixie", which is followed by Bugs, Elmer Fudd and the Mounties all in blackface singing "Camptown Races" has been edited on nearly every American airing, including versions shown on the Ted Turner-owned networks (CN, Boomerang, TBS, and TNT). TNT edited the end by irising out after Bugs sings the first line of "I Wish I Was in Dixie" while TBS replaced the visual of Bugs, Elmer, and the Mounties in blackface with a repeat of Bugs dancing while the audio played as normal.
An EU dubbed print on chomikuj.pl, shows Fresh Hare uncut on Cartoon Network, EU.
However, in the LaserDisc and the "dubbed version" released on DVD, and on CN, the cartoon is uncensored.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-v1pvK6rWw, this bootleg video, shows an example of how TNT did their censorship.
- The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, uncut
- Public, low-cost bootleg tapes and DVD, poor quality, some are censored
- MGM/Turner VHS Here Comes Bugs, uncut, with blue borders
- Captain of the Clouds DVD, as a dubbed version, uncut, red borders in the opening titles. The dubbed version, from the Captain of the Clouds DVD, is on the video chart above.
In Other Media
A scene of Fresh Hare can be seen in the title sequence gag of the Futurama episode I Second That Emotion.
Bugs Bunny Gets the Boid
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