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The Unruly Hare is a 1945 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.

Elmer is a surveyor for the railroad, which is laying down tracks through Bugs' burrow. As Elmer sets up his equipment, Bugs decides to have some fun with him. As usual, Hilarity Ensues.

  • Backwards-Firing Gun: While Elmer is not looking, Bugs bends the barrels of his shotgun backwards. When Elmer fires, the bullets go backwards, hitting two targets that Bugs was conveniently holding up.
  • Bowdlerization:
    • The version shown on the former WB network cut the part where Elmer has his rifle pointed at Bugs and Bugs tricks him into shooting him with, "Only a rat should shoot a guy in the back".
    • Some local stations (and televised prints from the early 1960s) edit out the part where Elmer is looking through his telescope and Bugs puts a pin-up magazine in front of the telescope.
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  • Depth Deception: Bugs makes Elmer thinks the forest is on fire by holding a lit match in front of his transit.
  • Exploding Cigar: After Elmer fires his gun, which had its barrels bent backwards by Bugs, and hits two targets behind him, Bugs rewards him by putting a large amount of cigars into his mouth and lighting them. They explode, leaving Elmer with major Ash Face.
  • "I Can't Look!" Gesture: Bugs Bunny does this in jest when Elmer tells him that "he just put a cwazy wabbit out of his misewy!"
    Bugs: [looking in the tree stump Elmer shot in, then whispering to Elmer] Don't look now, Doc, but you missed me!
  • In the Back: As Elmer aims his gun at Bugs' heart, Bugs turns around, saying that "Only a big, fat rat would shoot a guy in the back." Elmer fires anyway, and Bugs is seemingly obliterated in a cloud of smoke.
    Elmer: So I'm a big, fat wat!
    Bugs: [emerges unscathed from smoke] Ah, have some cheese, rat! [shoves wedge of cheese into Elmer's mouth]
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  • Ridiculously Fast Construction: When the dynamite shed explodes, all the track materials fall neatly into place, just in time for a train to come running through moments afterward.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Bugs is singing "As Time Goes By" in the opening.
    • When he hears Elmer singing, Bugs says "That sounds like Frankie Sinatra, or an unreasonable facsimile."
    • Bugs imitates comedian Joe Besser when he tells Elmer, "Oh, you and your old gun, you craaazy!"
  • Talking with Signs: Bugs holds up a "P.U." sign as a comment on Elmer's singing.
  • Wartime Cartoon: At the end, Bugs jumps off of a moving train (with a surprisingly painful-looking landing) because he just remembered that the government doesn't want civilians to do any unnecessary traveling.

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