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.
Elmer Fudd is trying to catch the "wanted" Bugs Bunny. Bugs locks Elmer to the bomb that Elmer was trying to get Bugs in. It explodes while Bugs pretends to look for the keys. Elmer gets mad but Bugs fools him as being the guard, while Elmer's clothes then are removed, even his underwear. Bugs then pretends to be Elmer's gun, making noises, as Fudd never noticed. A chase through the snow then happens, including a part where Bugs' ears split by a tree, but Elmer hits it.
Bugs then talks to a snowman that is supposed to be Fudd, when he finishes making his fist, he turns around and strikes Elmer. The chase continues through the snow, forth and back, until Bugs makes a painting of himself on a rock, and Elmer hits the rock.
Elmer then cries in disgrace and Bugs lets Elmer take him in. In the end, they sing "Camptown Races", see Censorship below.
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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. Some edited versions even go as far as to delete the entire ending sequence and end the short after Bugs handcuffs himself to Elmer and says, "Okay, doc. Let's go."
This bootleg video shows an example of how TNT did their censorship.
- VHS - Cartoon Moviestars: Bugs VS Elmer (Uncut, with blue borders)
- VHS - Here Comes Bugs (Uncut, same as for Bugs VS Elmer VHS)
- Laserdisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, (Uncut, same as for Here Comes Bugs and Bugs VS Elmer VHS)
- Unauthorized public domain bootleg tapes and DVD, poor quality, some are censored
- DVD - Captain of the Clouds (1995 dubbed version, uncut, purple 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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