Hare Remover (1946)

HARE REMOVER (1946)
Article 4691 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-24-2014
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Featuring the voices of Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan
Country: USA
What it it: Bugs Bunny cartoon

Elmer Fudd has been working on a formula to turn a man into a savage beast. When he runs out of experimental animal test subjects, he decides to trap a rabbit.

The Bugs Bunny cartoons qualify for fantastic content on the strength of Bugs Bunny being a talking rabbit, but this one has some extra fantastic value in that it also serves as a parody of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE; Bugs even makes a reference to Spencer Tracy during the proceedings. Granted, Elmer Fudd’s formula never works; the worst it does is to cause his test subjects to eat grass. The cartoon then gets some mileage over having both Bugs and Elmer mistake a passing bear as the end product of the experiment. All in all, this is good-but-not-great Bugs Bunny cartoon, but it does have some memorable moments; my favorite is a gag in which Bugs pulls out a set of pictures illustrating various derogatory terms during Elmer’s “transformation” scene.

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