History Main / AWildHare

25th Mar '13 6:19:05 AM MacronNotes
Is there an issue? Send a Message


http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/A_Wild_Hare_Lobby_Card_5317.png
[[caption-width:241:The Birth Of An Icon.]]

'''"AWildHare"''' is a [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940]] Warner Bros. [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] animated short film. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, directed by TexAvery, and written by Rich Hogan, and originally released on July 27, 1940. ''A Wild Hare'' is considered by many film historians to be the first "official" BugsBunny cartoon, and set the basic comedy formula for the rest of Bugs Bunny's shorts, solidifying Bugs as a KarmicTrickster and finalizing Elmer Fudd's personality and design. The opening lines of both characters--"Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits" for Elmer, and "Eh, what's up Doc?" for the rabbit--would become {{catchphrase}}s throughout their subsequent films.

The short begins with Elmer Fudd setting out to hunt for [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome wabbits]], and instead encountering Bugs, who after not falling for Elmer's first trick to lure Bugs out of his hole with a carrot comes out of a separate hole, and as Elmer is still peeking down the first rabbit hole, he chews on his carrot and nonchalantly asks [[CasualDangerDialog "Eh, what's up Doc?"]] This sets the tone for the rest of the short, in which Bugs manages to outsmart Elmer at every turn and foil every trap. After Elmer becomes overly frustrated Bugs offers him a free shot with his shotgun, and when Elmer misses Bugs plays dead [[FinalSpeech ("Everything's gettin' dark...")]], which leaves Elmer [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone sobbing and calling himself a murderer.]] Bugs gets up, [[LiteralAssKicking kicks Elmer in the rear]] and shoves a cigar in his mouth, before tip-toeing away ballet-style. This leaves Elmer storming away in mental anguish. Bugs asides to the audience, "Can ye imagine anyone acting like that? Ya know, I think the poor guy's screwy!" Bugs then begins to play his carrot like a fife, and marches with one stiff leg towards his rabbit hole.

The short was nominated for the 1940 AcademyAward, but lost out to an {{MGM}} HarmanAndIsing short, "The Milky Way". This short also made it as a runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list. It also made it onto ''The100GreatestLooneyTunes'' list.

-----

!! This short contains examples of:

* AnnoyingLaugh: This is the cartoon that established Elmer Fudd's machine-gun chuckle.
* AsideGlance
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the original version, during Bugs' game of "Guess Who?" with Elmer, Elmer's second guess was "Carole Lombard." Carole Lombard was a blond, comic actress of the 1930s and 1940s (a bit like [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Amy Poehler]] in appearance and {{deadpan snarker}}y) who died in a plane crash in 1942. In the re-release of this short, "Carole Lombard" was replaced with "Barbara Stanwyck."
* ButtMonkey: Elmer
* CasualDangerDialog
* CommonKnowledge: Averted, or played straight or something. Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and other WB animators are on-record saying that this really is the debut of Bugs Bunny, as is Tex Avery.
* CradlingYourKill
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Bugs' design looks a bit odd if you're used to his finalized design from the Fifties. But alternatively, one could look at the 'Happy Hare' shorts that preceded this as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness which was finally lifted in this short.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome
* FakingTheDead
* FinalSpeech: After Elmer supposedly shoots Bugs, he gives a long speech, along the lines of "Ya got me doc...everything's gettin' dark...dark..."
* FromBadToWorse: A surprising aversion for such an early work. When Elmer realises he's holding a skunk instead of Bugs, there's a long moment in which it's obvious that he's going to be sprayed. Elmer gently lowers it to the ground, softly lowers its raised tail, gives it a light push away... and the skunk walks off, never to be seen again.
* KarmicTrickster
* LiteralAssKicking
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Elmer is reduced to a sobbing mess after he thinks he killed Bugs, despite the fact that it was what he'd set out to do in the first place.
* NoFourthWall: Both Elmer and Bugs speak to the audience at different points.
* PleaseWakeUp: Elmer reacts this way when he thinks Bugs is dead, before crying.
* PunBasedTitle: Complete with the opening using the song "I'm just wild about Harry", obviously keeping in sync with the "hare" theme naming.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
--> '''Bugs''': "Now uh...don't go spreadin' this around but uh...confidentially...I AM THE WABBIT!!!"
* {{Remake}}: This short is very much a remake of the Proto-Bugs short "ElmersCandidCamera", with Avery improving on what he felt was wrong with "Camera".
* SmellySkunk: When Elmer catches a skunk in his rabbit trap instead of Bugs, he walks right up to Bugs and proudly brags about it, before slowly realizing that he's holding a skunk.
--> '''Skunk''': "Confidentially... uh, you know..."
* StockAnimalDiet:
--> '''Elmer''': "Wabbits wove cawwots, ''huhhuhhuhhuhhuh''..."
* TakeThatKiss
----

to:

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/A_Wild_Hare_Lobby_Card_5317.png
[[caption-width:241:The Birth Of An Icon.]]

'''"AWildHare"''' is a [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940]] Warner Bros. [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] animated short film. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, directed by TexAvery, and written by Rich Hogan, and originally released on July 27, 1940. ''A Wild Hare'' is considered by many film historians to be the first "official" BugsBunny cartoon, and set the basic comedy formula for the rest of Bugs Bunny's shorts, solidifying Bugs as a KarmicTrickster and finalizing Elmer Fudd's personality and design. The opening lines of both characters--"Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits" for Elmer, and "Eh, what's up Doc?" for the rabbit--would become {{catchphrase}}s throughout their subsequent films.

The short begins with Elmer Fudd setting out to hunt for [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome wabbits]], and instead encountering Bugs, who after not falling for Elmer's first trick to lure Bugs out of his hole with a carrot comes out of a separate hole, and as Elmer is still peeking down the first rabbit hole, he chews on his carrot and nonchalantly asks [[CasualDangerDialog "Eh, what's up Doc?"]] This sets the tone for the rest of the short, in which Bugs manages to outsmart Elmer at every turn and foil every trap. After Elmer becomes overly frustrated Bugs offers him a free shot with his shotgun, and when Elmer misses Bugs plays dead [[FinalSpeech ("Everything's gettin' dark...")]], which leaves Elmer [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone sobbing and calling himself a murderer.]] Bugs gets up, [[LiteralAssKicking kicks Elmer in the rear]] and shoves a cigar in his mouth, before tip-toeing away ballet-style. This leaves Elmer storming away in mental anguish. Bugs asides to the audience, "Can ye imagine anyone acting like that? Ya know, I think the poor guy's screwy!" Bugs then begins to play his carrot like a fife, and marches with one stiff leg towards his rabbit hole.

The short was nominated for the 1940 AcademyAward, but lost out to an {{MGM}} HarmanAndIsing short, "The Milky Way". This short also made it as a runner-up on The50GreatestCartoons list. It also made it onto ''The100GreatestLooneyTunes'' list.

-----

!! This short contains examples of:

* AnnoyingLaugh: This is the cartoon that established Elmer Fudd's machine-gun chuckle.
* AsideGlance
* {{Bowdlerise}}: In the original version, during Bugs' game of "Guess Who?" with Elmer, Elmer's second guess was "Carole Lombard." Carole Lombard was a blond, comic actress of the 1930s and 1940s (a bit like [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Amy Poehler]] in appearance and {{deadpan snarker}}y) who died in a plane crash in 1942. In the re-release of this short, "Carole Lombard" was replaced with "Barbara Stanwyck."
* ButtMonkey: Elmer
* CasualDangerDialog
* CommonKnowledge: Averted, or played straight or something. Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and other WB animators are on-record saying that this really is the debut of Bugs Bunny, as is Tex Avery.
* CradlingYourKill
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Bugs' design looks a bit odd if you're used to his finalized design from the Fifties. But alternatively, one could look at the 'Happy Hare' shorts that preceded this as EarlyInstallmentWeirdness which was finally lifted in this short.
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome
* FakingTheDead
* FinalSpeech: After Elmer supposedly shoots Bugs, he gives a long speech, along the lines of "Ya got me doc...everything's gettin' dark...dark..."
* FromBadToWorse: A surprising aversion for such an early work. When Elmer realises he's holding a skunk instead of Bugs, there's a long moment in which it's obvious that he's going to be sprayed. Elmer gently lowers it to the ground, softly lowers its raised tail, gives it a light push away... and the skunk walks off, never to be seen again.
* KarmicTrickster
* LiteralAssKicking
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Elmer is reduced to a sobbing mess after he thinks he killed Bugs, despite the fact that it was what he'd set out to do in the first place.
* NoFourthWall: Both Elmer and Bugs speak to the audience at different points.
* PleaseWakeUp: Elmer reacts this way when he thinks Bugs is dead, before crying.
* PunBasedTitle: Complete with the opening using the song "I'm just wild about Harry", obviously keeping in sync with the "hare" theme naming.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
--> '''Bugs''': "Now uh...don't go spreadin' this around but uh...confidentially...I AM THE WABBIT!!!"
* {{Remake}}: This short is very much a remake of the Proto-Bugs short "ElmersCandidCamera", with Avery improving on what he felt was wrong with "Camera".
* SmellySkunk: When Elmer catches a skunk in his rabbit trap instead of Bugs, he walks right up to Bugs and proudly brags about it, before slowly realizing that he's holding a skunk.
--> '''Skunk''': "Confidentially... uh, you know..."
* StockAnimalDiet:
--> '''Elmer''': "Wabbits wove cawwots, ''huhhuhhuhhuhhuh''..."
* TakeThatKiss
----
[[redirect:WesternAnimation/AWildHare]]
12th Feb '13 8:33:11 PM Angeldeb82
Is there an issue? Send a Message


'''"AWildHare"''' is a [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940]] Warner Bros. [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] animated short film. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, directed by TexAvery, and written by Rich Hogan, and originally released on July 27, 1940. ''A Wild Hare'' is considered by many film historians to be the first "official" BugsBunny cartoon, and set the basic comedy formula for the rest of Bugs Bunny's shorts, solidifying Bugs as a KarmicTrickster and finalizing Elmer Fudd's personality and design. The opening lines of both characters--"Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits" for Elmer, and "Eh, what's up Doc?" for the rabbit--would become [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] throughout their subsequent films.

The short begins with Elmer Fudd setting out to hunt for [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome wabbits]], and instead encountering Bugs, who after not falling for Elmer's first trick to lure Bugs out of his hole with a carrot comes out of a separate hole, and as Elmer is still peeking down the first rabbit hole, he chews on his carrot and nonchalantly asks [[CasualDangerDialog "Eh, what's up Doc?"]] This sets the tone for the rest of the short, in which Bugs manages to outsmart Elmer at every turn and foil every trap. After Elmer becomes overly frustrated Bugs offers him a free shot with his shotgun, and when Elmer misses Bugs plays dead [[FinalSpeech ("Everything's goin' dark...")]], which leaves Elmer [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone sobbing and calling himself a murderer.]] Bugs gets up, [[LiteralAssKicking kicks Elmer in the rear]] and shoves a cigar in his mouth, before tip-toeing away ballet-style. This leaves Elmer storming away in mental anguish. Bugs asides to the audience, "Can ye imagine anyone acting like that? Ya know, I think the poor guy's screwy!" Bugs then begins to play his carrot like a fife, and marches with one stiff leg towards his rabbit hole.

to:

'''"AWildHare"''' is a [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940]] Warner Bros. [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] animated short film. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, directed by TexAvery, and written by Rich Hogan, and originally released on July 27, 1940. ''A Wild Hare'' is considered by many film historians to be the first "official" BugsBunny cartoon, and set the basic comedy formula for the rest of Bugs Bunny's shorts, solidifying Bugs as a KarmicTrickster and finalizing Elmer Fudd's personality and design. The opening lines of both characters--"Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits" for Elmer, and "Eh, what's up Doc?" for the rabbit--would become [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] {{catchphrase}}s throughout their subsequent films.

The short begins with Elmer Fudd setting out to hunt for [[ElmuhFuddSyndwome wabbits]], and instead encountering Bugs, who after not falling for Elmer's first trick to lure Bugs out of his hole with a carrot comes out of a separate hole, and as Elmer is still peeking down the first rabbit hole, he chews on his carrot and nonchalantly asks [[CasualDangerDialog "Eh, what's up Doc?"]] This sets the tone for the rest of the short, in which Bugs manages to outsmart Elmer at every turn and foil every trap. After Elmer becomes overly frustrated Bugs offers him a free shot with his shotgun, and when Elmer misses Bugs plays dead [[FinalSpeech ("Everything's goin' gettin' dark...")]], which leaves Elmer [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone sobbing and calling himself a murderer.]] Bugs gets up, [[LiteralAssKicking kicks Elmer in the rear]] and shoves a cigar in his mouth, before tip-toeing away ballet-style. This leaves Elmer storming away in mental anguish. Bugs asides to the audience, "Can ye imagine anyone acting like that? Ya know, I think the poor guy's screwy!" Bugs then begins to play his carrot like a fife, and marches with one stiff leg towards his rabbit hole.



* {{Bowdlerization}}: In the original version, during Bugs' game of "Guess Who?" with Elmer, Elmer's second guess was "Carole Lombard." Carole Lombard was a blond, comic actress of the 1930s and 1940s (a bit like [[SaturdayNightLive Amy Poehler]] in appearance and [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarkery]]) who died in a plane crash in 1942. In the re-release of this short, "Carole Lombard" was replaced with "Barbara Stanwyck."

to:

* {{Bowdlerization}}: {{Bowdlerise}}: In the original version, during Bugs' game of "Guess Who?" with Elmer, Elmer's second guess was "Carole Lombard." Carole Lombard was a blond, comic actress of the 1930s and 1940s (a bit like [[SaturdayNightLive [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Amy Poehler]] in appearance and [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snarkery]]) {{deadpan snarker}}y) who died in a plane crash in 1942. In the re-release of this short, "Carole Lombard" was replaced with "Barbara Stanwyck."



* FinalSpeech: After Elmer supposedly shoots Bugs, he gives a long speech, along the lines of "Ya got me doc...everything's goin' dark...dark..."

to:

* FinalSpeech: After Elmer supposedly shoots Bugs, he gives a long speech, along the lines of "Ya got me doc...everything's goin' gettin' dark...dark..."



* {{Remake}}: This short is very much a remake of the Proto-Bugs short [[ElmersCandidCamera "Elmer's Candid Camera"]], with Avery improving on what he felt was wrong with "Camera".

to:

* {{Remake}}: This short is very much a remake of the Proto-Bugs short [[ElmersCandidCamera "Elmer's Candid Camera"]], "ElmersCandidCamera", with Avery improving on what he felt was wrong with "Camera".



--> '''Skunk''': "Convidentially... uh, you know..."

to:

--> '''Skunk''': "Convidentially..."Confidentially... uh, you know..."
22nd Nov '12 3:32:06 PM yappydog
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* FromBadToWorse: A surprising aversion for such an early work. When Elmer realises he's holding a skunk instead of Bugs, there's a long moment in which it's obvious that he's going to be sprayed. Elmer gently lowers it to the ground, softly lowers its raised tail, gives it a light push away... and the skunk walks off, never to be seen again.
13th Sep '12 12:34:59 PM OrangeRatchet
Is there an issue? Send a Message


'''Skunk''': "Convidentially... uh, you know..."

to:

--> '''Skunk''': "Convidentially... uh, you know..."
13th Sep '12 12:34:33 PM OrangeRatchet
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

'''Skunk''': "Convidentially... uh, you know..."
29th Jul '12 1:44:04 PM FELH2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


'''"AWildHare"''' is a [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940]] Warner Bros. MerrieMelodies animated short film. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, directed by TexAvery, and written by Rich Hogan, and originally released on July 27, 1940. ''A Wild Hare'' is considered by many film historians to be the first "official" BugsBunny cartoon, and set the basic comedy formula for the rest of Bugs Bunny's shorts, solidifying Bugs as a KarmicTrickster and finalizing Elmer Fudd's personality and design. The opening lines of both characters--"Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits" for Elmer, and "Eh, what's up Doc?" for the rabbit--would become [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] throughout their subsequent films.

to:

'''"AWildHare"''' is a [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1940]] Warner Bros. MerrieMelodies [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] animated short film. It was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions, directed by TexAvery, and written by Rich Hogan, and originally released on July 27, 1940. ''A Wild Hare'' is considered by many film historians to be the first "official" BugsBunny cartoon, and set the basic comedy formula for the rest of Bugs Bunny's shorts, solidifying Bugs as a KarmicTrickster and finalizing Elmer Fudd's personality and design. The opening lines of both characters--"Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm hunting wabbits" for Elmer, and "Eh, what's up Doc?" for the rabbit--would become [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] throughout their subsequent films.



* CommonKnowledge: Averted, or played straight or something. Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and other WB animators are on-record saying that this really is the debut of Bugs Bunny, as is Tex Avery.

to:

* CommonKnowledge: Averted, or played straight or something. Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and other WB animators are on-record saying that this really is the debut of Bugs Bunny, as is Tex Avery.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis:

to:

* PunctuatedForEmphasis: PunctuatedForEmphasis:



* StockAnimalDiet:

to:

* StockAnimalDiet: StockAnimalDiet:
19th Jul '12 6:15:55 AM ArtfulCodger
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* AnnoyingLaugh: This is the cartoon that established Elmer Fudd's machine-gun chuckle.
22nd May '12 6:22:49 AM Migeteus
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* PunctuatedForEmphasis:
--> '''Bugs''': "Now uh...don't go spreadin' this around but uh...confidentially...I AM THE WABBIT!!!"



* ThisIsSparta:
--> '''Bugs''': "Now uh...don't go spreadin' this around but uh...confidentially...I AM THE WABBIT!!!"
25th Feb '12 2:16:20 PM Oreochan
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* [[EverythingsBetterWithBunnies Evwythings More Wascawy With Wabbits]]
3rd Jan '12 1:25:47 PM Prinzenick
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* {{Remake}}: This short is very much a remake of the Proto-Bugs short "Elmer's Candid Camera", with Avery improving on what he felt was wrong with "Camera".

to:

* {{Remake}}: This short is very much a remake of the Proto-Bugs short [[ElmersCandidCamera "Elmer's Candid Camera", Camera"]], with Avery improving on what he felt was wrong with "Camera".
This list shows the last 10 events of 27. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.AWildHare