Western Animation / Long-Haired Hare

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Leopold! Leopold!

"This was all just a bit...like when Bugs Bunny fucks with the opera singer for twenty minutes."
Rick Sanchez, Rick and Morty

Long-Haired Hare is a 1949 Looney Tunes cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and directed by Chuck Jones.

Bugs is hanging out one day playing the banjo and singing "A Rainy Night in Rio," when his singing bothers Giovanni Jones, a pompous opera singer who is rehearsing his part in The Barber of Seville. When he finds himself absentmindedly singing along to whatever Bugs is playing, Jones storms outside to put an end to the disturbance. Beginning with destroying the rabbit's banjo, he gets even angrier as Bugs graduates to a harp and then a Sousaphone. When Jones finally ties him to a tree by his ears and pulls back, causing the rabbit's noggin to bang into the branch, Bugs decides it's on.

Bugs's "Leopold" guise was a parody of a Real Life opera conductor of the day, Leopold Stokowski. Stokowski is also parodied in another Bugs Bunny cartoon, "Slick Hare".

Listed in The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes.


Tropes:

  • Bowdlerization: CBS hated this cartoon due to its violence in the beginning. The three times Giovanni Jones beats up Bugs (who keeps disrupting his opera practice by playing his own instruments) were cut when aired on CBS in the 1970s and 1980s. As a result, Bugs ruins Giovanni's opera for no good reason, making him a Jerkass.
    • ABC was a bit more lenient with this cartoon. While it did cut out the part where Bugs dresses as a teenybopper looking for Giovanni's autograph and uses a dynamite pen to blow him up, the beginning was actually left intact.
    • The song Bugs sings while playing the harp is "My Gal Is A High-Born Lady", a song with lyrics that were hella racist even by the standards of the 1940s. Chuck Jones and Mike Maltese wrote tamer lyrics for Bugs to sing.
  • Cartoon Conductor: As "Leopold!" (Stokowski), Bugs has amazing control over the orchestra and Jones — and even the audience!
  • Clothing Damage: Giovannis opera tuxedo increasingly falls apart when Leopold Bugs makes him hold a high note for a long time, symbolizing the strain it's putting on him.
  • Death Glare: Leopold Bugs glares daggers through Jones before his performance, making it clear this won't be pretty.
  • Disguised in Drag: Bugs as a teenybopper asking for an autograph. Of course, the pen is really a stick of dynamite.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: While Jones' frustration at Bugs for disturbing his rehearsal is understandable, Jones responds with increasing violence every time Bugs obliviously interrupts his rehearsal. After these get particularly vindictive, Bugs himself takes very elaborate measures to ruin Jones' performance. Then again, politely asking Bugs to stop playing during the rehearsals is hardly funny or entertaining.
    • It also would likely have made the cartoon even shorter, since Bugs would probably have agreed to stop playing or decided to move elsewhere if he'd been asked.
    • This gets even worse if you look in the background of Giovanni's living room, and see that his patio door is wide open. Not only is Giovannis violence uncalled for, he didnt even have to confront Bugs at all, he could simply have closed the door.
  • Funny Background Event: A poster outside the theatre promotes Carlo Jones, Eduardo Selzer (Eddie Selzer), a couple others- all of which were fancy versions of names of Termite Terrace animators/producers/directors.
  • Got Me Doing It: While trying to rehearse, Jones found himself singing along with whatever Bugs was playing, much to his ire.
  • Helium Speech: Bugs gives Jones alum to get this effect (it's in the "Figaro" rendition).
  • Incessant Music Madness: Bugs drives Jones nuts.
  • Incredibly Long Note: The climax comes when Leopold Bugs forces Jones to hold an absurdly long note, even while Jones thrashes around on the stage with his face changing colors, until the Hollywood Bowl collapses on top of him.
    • Overly Long Gag: The note is so long that Bugs leaves the podium (with his glove still holding the note) to go get earplugs...by mail.
  • Instant Home Delivery: In the middle of the high note, Bugs steps out and orders some earmuffs by mail. Seconds after putting the form in the mail, The earmuffs arrive, without the postman even picking up the letter first.
  • Jerkass: Instead of asking Bugs not to interrupt his rehearsals, Jones breaks his instruments and beats him up. Bugs is even uncharacteristically patient with him, and puts up with it three times before finally having enough of Giovanni's abuse.
  • Knuckle Cracking: Bugs cracks his knuckles before having Jones hold a long note during the concert's finale.
  • Mythology Gag: Bugs-as-Leopold nonchalantly snaps the baton in half because Leopold Stokowski never conducted with one.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Averted. While Bugs doesn't actually have long hair in the short, "long hairs" used to be a slang term for conductors, due to the tendency for them to grow their hair longer than average.
  • One-Book Author: Giovanni's singing is performed by Nikolai Shutorov, a baritone who had sang in Hollywood choruses but never received screen credit. This was his only solo work. He died before the cartoon's release.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Everyone thinks Bugs is Leopold Stokowski even though he's only wearing a tuxedo jacket and a wig.
  • Recitation Handclasp: Jones assumes this posture.
  • Rule of Three: Guess how many times Jones attacks Bugs before the counterattack begins.
  • Sesquipedalian Smith: "Giovanni Jones"
  • Shout-Out: The opening "Rainy Night in Rio" number is a reference to the long-forgotten film "The Time, The Place And The Girl.", which was where the song originated.
  • Standard Snippet: Besides all the songs Bugs plays and sings ("Rainy Night in Rio", "My Gal is a High-Born Lady", and "When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba"), he ends the cartoon by picking the standard vaudevillian tag "Good eve-ning, friiiieeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnds..." on the banjo.
  • This Means War!: Not only does Bugs utter this phrase word-for-word, but it's also clearly indicated by his Death Glare.
  • Vocal Range Exceeded: Leopold Bugs makes Jones sing a note far below his range.
  • The Voiceless: We never actually hear Jones talk, only sing. But we hear him scream through the tuba that he got stuck in.
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