Devil May Hare (1954)
Article 5794 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Robert McKimson
Featuring the voice of Mel Blanc
What it is: Bugs Bunny/Tasmanian Devil cartoon
Bugs Bunny faces off against a ravenous Tasmanian devil.
Since there really is an animal known as the Tasmanian Devil, I debated whether I would review this one as on the surface it seems to just involve anthropomorphic animals. However, I decided to review it anyway, as the Devil is portrayed in these cartoons as a ravenous monster. It’s also a good choice for director Robert McKimson, as the non-loquacious nature of the character (he mostly communicates in growling and gurgling sounds) helps curb McKimson’s tendency towards talkiness. Only a handful of Tasmanian Devil cartoons were made in the fifties and sixties, and this isn’t my favorite, but it does have two memorable scenes: the opening animal stampede is hilarious, and the final sequence in which Bugs calls in a female devil to distract Taz.