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The Fair-Haired Hare
Fairhair
Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: April 14, 1951
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Manuel Perez
Virgil Ross
Arthur Davis
Ken Champin
John Carey
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Backgrounds: Paul Julian
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Bugs Bunny
Yosemite Sam
Preceded By: A Bone for a Bone
Succeeded By: A Hound for Trouble

The Fair-Haired Hare is a Looney Tunes cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. Released April 14, 1951, the cartoon is directed by Friz Freleng. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc.

The Fair-Haired Hare was the first short released in which Yosemite Sam was drawn with his mouth in his red mustache for the entire film. It is also one of the few cartoons where Sam refers to Bugs by name.

Plot

Bugs Bunny — contentedly singing "Home on the Range," adding that rabbits also live on the prairie — is startled after Yosemite Sam builds a cabin above his rabbit hole. Bugs tries to find out what's going on, interrupting Sam's banjo rendition of "Git Along, Little Dogies"; Sam attributes this disturbance to mice. Bugs saws a hole and climbs out through a bearskin rug, causing the bunny to panic. Sam shoots the rug repeatedly ("Playin' possum for 20 years! That'll learn ya!"). The two then begin quarreling over who has rights to the property; Bugs claims he was there first and should live there undisturbed, while Sam isn't interested in listening to a rabbit's opinion.

Bugs decides this may be a civil matter and decides to go to "the highest court in the land" — which they do: it's literally the "highest court" in the land, the courthouse being atop a mountain. There, the judge declares that both Bugs and Sam shall share the land equally ... "and in the event that one of you should pass on, the other shall inherit the entire property." Sam chuckles evilly, making Bugs uneasy.

The rest of the cartoon sees Sam trying to kill Bugs, but all of his schemes go awry:

  • That night, the two bunk in the same bedroom, their beds on opposite sides of a window. After Sam turns out the light ("Good night, varmint!", "Uh, good night."), Sam tries to sneak over to Bugs' bed to klonk him on the head. Bugs turns on the light in time, causing Sam to make the hasty excuse, "Carpet keeps rolling up! Good night, critter!" (he does this as he pretends to bang the floor). Sam makes a second attempt, and indeed someone does suffer a concussion — Sam, as Bugs has hit his antagonist on the head ("There, that oughta keep that carpet flat!", "Good night, varmint, critter!").
  • At breakfast, Sam tries slipping a Mickey Finn into Bugs' carrot juice, while Bugs is in the bathroom. However, Bugs is wise and trades the drug-laced drink with Sam's. When Sam refuses, Bugs plays a game of roulette ("Round she goes!"). Sam loses his patience and orders Bugs to drink at gunpoint. Bugs does, but only after Sam drinks his. Nothing happens to Bugs, making Sam realize that he has consumed the poisoned drink — moments before he blasts off into the sky.

Sam runs back and immediately chases Bugs back into his hole. He then realizes the only way to kill the rabbit is to pack his hole with explosives. However, Bugs diverts the dynamite under the house foundation. Sam then lights the fuse, but realizes too late that his house is about to be blown up. In the end, the cabin flies away, much like how the cabin did in the tornado in the 1939 film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. A dazed Sam, upon realizing his fate, remarks, "I've got a cabin in the sky!" (a reference to the 1943 MGM film of the same title), as his house floats upward.

Availability

UK

US

  • VHS - Bugs Bunny: Truth or Hare

Clips

The Fair-Haired Hare Clip 102:50

The Fair-Haired Hare Clip 1

The Fair-Haired Hare Clip 301:54

The Fair-Haired Hare Clip 3

The Fair-Haired Hare Clip 201:53

The Fair-Haired Hare Clip 2

Censorship

  • The version of this cartoon that aired on ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show cut the part where Bugs gets stuck in a bearskin rug and Sam shoots at it to release Bugs [1].
Preceded by
Bunny Hugged
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1951
Succeeded by
Rabbit Fire


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1964 Dumb PatrolDr. Devil and Mr. HareThe Iceman DuckethFalse Hare
1979 Bugs Bunny's Christmas CarolThe Fright 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
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2004 Daffy Duck for PresidentHare and Loathing In Las Vegas

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