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"Fresh Hare" is a 1942 Merrie Melodies short (directed by Friz Freleng) featuring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. It is one of five cartoons that portrays Elmer as fat.

Set in Canada, Mountie Elmer Fudd is in pursuit of Public Enemy #1 Bugs, who is wanted dead or alive (preferably dead) for numerous crimes (including traffic violations, going through a boulevard stop, jaywalking, and triple parking) While the lawman is fully intent on getting his man (or rather rabbit) and bringing him to justice, however, Bugs doesn't make it easy as it outwits the Mountie at every turn.


Fresh Hare provides examples of:

  • Always Gets His Man: From start to finish, Elmer was determined to arrest Bugs at any cost. Even though Bugs outwits him at every turn, in the end, he gracefully turns himself (although he's the one dragging Elmer by the handcuffs).
  • Gainax Ending: Just as Bugs is about to be executed by firing squad, Elmer asks if he has a Last Request. Bugs ponders "I wish... I wish..." and then breaks into a rendition of "I Wish I Was In Dixie". Suddenly, Bugs, Elmer and the firing squad are minstrel singers, complete with Blackface, singing along. Bugs even Lampshades it by saying "Fantastic, isn't it?"
  • Impact Silhouette: As Elmer chases Bugs, they each leave their impressions on a snow bank. At one point, the impression of a sexy woman appears as well, and Elmer pauses to look at it and give it a Wolf Whistle.
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  • Mustache Vandalism: Bugs draws all over his wanted posters. One poster has a fake mustache and tongue sticking out, while the other has Bugs looking like Adolf Hitler.

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