Western Animation: Hillbilly Hare

"Hillbilly Hare" is a 1950 Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Bugs Bunny. Bugs is vacationing in the Ozarks when he runs into two stereotypical hillbillies who get the idea that Bugs is a member of another clan that they are feuding with. After embarrassing and outwitting the hillbillies in typical Bugs Bunny fashion, Bugs tricks them into a long, elaborate square dance routine in which he gives them increasingly violent directions, until the brothers finally dance off a cliff.

Directed by Robert McKimson.


Tropes:

  • Aerith and Bob: The two hillbillies are named Punkinhead and Curt.
  • Backwards-Firing Gun: Bugs does this by turning the barrel around after one of the hillbillies pulls the trigger.
  • Bowdlerization: The version shown on ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show back in the 1990s edited out a lot of violence, including parts from the infamous square-dance sequence, as mentioned on "The Censored Cartoons Page".
  • The Chew Toy: The hillbillies.
  • Deep South: The Ozarks! Where hillbillies wander around the forest barefoot, wearing overalls fastened by one strap!
  • Disguised in Drag: One of Bugs's go-to tactics, which he uses here to lure the hillbillies into the square dance.
  • Eye Poke: Bugs gets the brothers to do this to each other during the square dance routine.
    Whop him low and whop him high, Stick your finger in his eye, Pretty little rhythm, pretty little sound, Bang your heads against the ground.
  • Feuding Families: The hillbillies, brothers from the Martin clan, believe Bugs is one of the Coys.
  • Overly Long Gag: The square dance takes up the whole second half of the cartoon.
  • Packed Hillbillies: Bugs lures the brothers into a hay baler ("just come right out and form a square").