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"Hair-Raising Hare" is a 1946 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones.

Bugs Bunny is lured to a Mad Scientist's laboratory, where he encounters the scientist and his monster (later known as Gossamer).

"Hair-Raising Hare" provides examples of:

  • Being Watched:
    • Bugs, by the audience.
    • Also by the scientist, with his television set.
    • Also used an Indy Ploy by Bugs to distract Gossamer in the penultimate moment of the short.
  • Born in the Theater: Bugs calls for a doctor, and the silhouette of a doctor rises in the audience. Near the end, Bugs scares the monster away by pointing out that an audience is watching them.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": As Bugs is packing up to flee the lair: "And don’t think it hasn’t been a little slice of heaven! (Beat) Cause it hasn’t! (runs for dear life)"
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The scientist goes so far as to have a sign on his castle confirming it.
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  • Creepy Basement: In a gag repeated from The Wabbit Who Came to Supper, Bugs actually goes upstairs briefly and then quickly goes back down and tells the monster, "Don't go up dere! It's dark!"
  • Fem Bot: Two rabbit-shaped "female" robots appear.
  • Fingore: While acting like a manicurist doing the monster's nails, Bugs convinces him to dip his hands in a couple bowls of water. This resulted in the monster screaming in pain as a pair of Mouse Traps dangled from his fingers.
  • Hair-Raising Hare: Trope Namer... although Bugs isn't particularly frightening this episode.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Played for Laughs. Toward the end of the episode, Bugs points out the audience to the monster, who exclaims, "People!" and runs away, screaming his head off.
  • Impact Silhouette: The monster leaves these through several walls as he beats a retreat.
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  • Is There a Doctor in the House?: Bugs, while being chased by the monster, gasps out this phrase. Of course, when a doctor stands up, Bugs asks, "What's up, Doc?"
  • Mad Scientist: He has a sign up on his castle that says "EVIL SCIENTIST".
  • Made of Explodium: The rabbit-bots, apparently. Though not so much "cartoony explosion" explosive, more "fall apart at the seams".
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: When the monster looks in a mirror, his own reflection runs away screaming.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The scientist is a caricature of Peter Lorre.
  • No Name Given: The monster is not named in this short. The name Gossamer comes from his third appearance, in "Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24th-and-a-half Century". In his second cartoon, "Water, Water, Every Hare", he gets the name Rudolph.
  • Portrait Painting Peephole:
    • The monster is watching Bugs Bunny through the eyes of a portrait. Unfortunately for the monster, Bugs penetrates the disguise and sticks him in the eyes.
    • Bugs is watching the monster through the eyes of the same portrait, when the monster figures out their roles are reversed. Unfortunately for the monster, Bugs pokes their eyes again before they could do it to him.
  • Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud: "And so, having disposed of the monster, exit our hero through the front door, stage right."
  • Robosexual: Bugs goes moony-eyed over two rabbit-shaped "female" robots.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Upon learning the snarling beast is the "friend" that the Mad Scientist wants to introduce him to, Bugs shakes his hand and shouts, "Well, goodbye!" He packs some luggage to the sound of an instrumental version of "California, Here I Come" before bolting for the door.
    Bugs: And don't think it hasn't been a little slice of heaven— 'cause it hasn't!
  • Talking with Signs: Seeing Gossamer in full, a panicking Bugs holds up a sign reading "Yipe!" in very tiny print. He looks at Gossamer again and flips the sign to the other side, which reads "YIPE!" in much larger print.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The Mad Scientist isn't seen again after he lets the monster out of its cell.


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