Western Animation: Long-Haired Hare
"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
Listed in The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes
- 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.
- Cartoon Conductor: As "Leopold!" (Stokowski), Bugs has amazing control over the orchestra and Jones — and even the audience! The picture above is also the picture for the trope page.
- Could Have Avoided This Plot: Things would have turned out so much better for Jones if he had simply politely asked Bugs to keep it down during his rehearsals rather than breaking Bugs' instruments right in front of him and beating Bugs up.
- Death Glare: Leopold!Bugs glares daggers through Jones before his performance, making it clear this won't be pretty.
- Disproportionate Retribution: 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, if Jones had simply politely asked Bugs to stop playing during the rehearsals, we probably wouldn't have a plot.
- 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.
- Helium Speech: Bugs gives Jones alum to get this effect (it's in the "Figaro" rendition).
- Hey, It's That Guy!: In-Universe. "Leopold!"
- Incessant Music Madness / Ear Worm: 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.
- Non-Indicative Name: Unless you consider the Leopold or bobby-soxer wig to be long hair.
- Actually, "long hairs" used to be a slang term for conductors, due to the tendency for them to grow their hair longer than average.
- Recitation Handclasp: Jones assumes this posture.
- Sesquipedalian Smith: "Giovanni Jones"
- This Means War!: Also clearly indicated by Bugs' 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.