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".
  • 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.
  • 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 Hero: Packed Villain in this case, as Bugs lures the brothers into a hay baler.