Haredevil Hare is a 1948 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones. It stars Bugs Bunny and it is the debut for Marvin the Martian — although he is unnamed in this film — along with his Martian dog, K-9. All the voices are done by Mel Blanc. Marvin's nasal voice for this first film is different from the later one he is most known for, which was similar to one that Blanc used for the emcee in What's Cookin' Doc?, for just one line, where the emcee says, "Shall we give it to him, folks?"
|Directed by||Charles M. Jones|
|Produced by||Eddie Selzer|
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Ben Washam|
Abe Levitow (uncredited)
Pete Burness (uncredited)
A.C. Gamer (effects animation)
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
The Vitaphone Corporation
|July 24, 1948 (USA)|
The title is a play on "daredevil", although it has only a vague metaphorical connection to the plotline, as Bugs is a reluctant participant in the cartoon's acrobatics.
Opening with the newspaper headlines "Scientists to Launch First Rocket to Moon" and "Heroic Rabbit Volunteers as First Passenger" the scene changes to Bugs literally being dragged across the launching pad to the waiting rocket as he frantically protests, but becomes cooperative when he sees the rocket being loaded with carrots. The rocket is then launched into space. Shocked by the sudden acceleration of the rocket, Bugs attempts to exit it, but when he opens the hatch, he sees that the rocket has already left Earth. When he lands on the moon he goes to pieces, but regains his composure. He contemplates the fact that he is the first living creature to set foot on the moon, as he passes behind a large rock on which the words "Kilroy was here" are written. Another rocket soon lands, called the Mars to Moon Expeditionary Force from the planet Mars, and from it emerges an unnamed Martian (later known as Marvin the Martian) set to blow up the Earth using a missile with a Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator, a small device which resembles a mere stick of dynamite. Bugs is curious, but initially not concerned, until he realizes the severity of the situation and steals the Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator from Marvin. He shortly has to deal with Marvin's Martian dog, named K-9, who retrieves it while Bugs is distracted trying to send an SOS to Earth. In one of Bugs' classic word switcharoos, he is successfully able to get the Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator back.
This prompts an angry Marvin to berate and scold his dog. Bugs quickly arrives disguised as a Martian with a "special delivery from Mars" and hands Marvin the Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator, now wired to a detonator. While Marvin is celebrating the return of the Uranium PU-36, Bugs activates the detonator. The explosion reduces the moon to a crescent. A silhouette on earth resembling Friz Freleng contacts Bugs Bunny, and asks if he has a statement to the press. Bugs, hanging precariously from the edge of the moon, with Marvin and the dog clinging to him and dangling below, answers that he does, and in his typical Brooklyn accent yells out, "GET ME OUTTA HERE!"
- Story: Michael Maltese
- Animation: Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris, Phil Monroe, Abe Levitow, Pete Burness
- Layout: Robert Gribbroek
- Backgrounds: Peter Alvarado
- Effects Animation: A.C. Gamer
- Film Editor: Treg Brown
- Voice Characterization: Mel Blanc
- Musical Direction: Carl Stalling
- Orchestrations: Milt Franklyn
- Producer: Edward Selzer
- Directed by: Charles M. Jones
The cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and written by long-time accomplice Michael Maltese. It was animated by Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris and Phil Monroe, with effects animation by A.C. Gamer. The music was scored by Carl Stalling and the backgrounds painted by Peter Alvarado, with layouts by Robert Gribbroek. In retrospect, Chuck Jones considered this one of his animated shorts which managed to "turn the corner" towards strange, new, and enchanting directions. In this case, because it was the first in the series to be set in outer space, the first appearance of Marvin the Martian, and the first appearance of his Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.
This cartoon is included on disc 3 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 DVD set and also included on disc 2 of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray box set with the cartoon restored and in high definition. This short is also available on disc 1 of The Essential Bugs Bunny.
- Haredevil Hare is notable for being the last of the pre-1948 Warner Bros. cartoons to be purchased by Associated Artists Productions, in 1956. Warner reacquired the distribution rights of this short, as well all of the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies shorts released prior, thanks to a series of merges and acquisitions which culminated into TimeWarner's purchase of Turner Broadcasting System in 1996.
- 1957 MOVIES FROM AAP Warner Bros Features & Cartoons SALES BOOK DIRECTED AT TV
- Jones (1989), unnumbered page, list of "corner" pictures.