Oily Hare

Oily Hare is a 1952 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Robert McKimson and written by Tedd Pierce.[1] The short was released on July 26, 1952, and stars Bugs Bunny.[2]

Oily Hare
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Directed byRobert McKimson
Produced byEdward Selzer
Story byTedd Pierce
StarringMel Blanc
Bea Benaderet (uncredited)
Animation byCharles McKimson
Phil De Lara
Rod Scribner
Herman Cohen
Keith Darling (uncredited)
Layouts byPeter Alvarado
Backgrounds byRichard H. Thomas
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
July 26, 1952
Running time
7 minutes 10 seconds

The plot also has similarities to the plot of the short The Fair-Haired Hare, which was released one year earlier and it features Devil Rich Texan as Bugs' antagonist. Oily Hare also recycles the same ending where Bugs' home is filled with explosives and blown up.


The production of oil in Texas has brought a few wealth-related changes: a road sign that is next to an oil field and along Highway $101.00, approximately 531 miles from Dallas, now "Dollar$ Texa$", and 20 miles from "Deepinahearta Texa$", is 12 inches away from "Deepinahola Texa$", and Bugs' rabbit hole, in the oil field. In his hole, Bugs sings a wealth-themed variation of "Home on the Range" with a banjo.

An oil tycoon, who sounds, acts and looks like Yosemite Sam, is upset by Bugs' hole because, as a hole on his oil field, it is not producing any oil. He pulls up to the hole in a green stretch limousine that is so long it requires a long-distance telephone operator in the middle of the car to connect the tycoon to his chauffeur, Maverick, so he can tell Maverick (who does not have a speaking role, but communicates by nodding his head) to stop the car. The tycoon says: "Stop the car, Maverick! There's a hole on my property that ain't a-gushin' oil!" On the back door of the limousine, a crest is shown which carries the legend, "Orvil Rich—Texan".

Maverick stops the car, pulls a motor scooter out from behind the driver's seat (a Western saddle) and rides the scooter back to Devil Rich Texan back door. After Maverick opens the door, Devil Rich Texan gets out and they both walk over to Bugs' hole.

After Devil Rich Texan surveys the situation, he and Maverick build a derrick over the top of the hole. As they finish, Bugs comes up and asks "What's up doc?". Then Devil Rich Texan explains and tells Bugs to "git". Bugs tells him the hole is, in fact, his home and tells the tycoon to drill someplace else.

Devil Rich Texan tries to evict Bugs, which gets Bugs' dander up. He sends down a box of dynamite, but hears party horns whenever he tries detonating it, and when he has it brought back up, he finds a birthday cake with the lit dynamite sticks for candles. "Now who could'a knowed it was my birthday, especially when it 'tain't?" asks the tycoon. Bugs tells him to make a wish, and he says: "Ah wish...Ah wish...nah: I've got too much of that filthy green stuff already! I know!" He tries to blow out the candles but the dynamite blows up in his face and blowing his nose off in the process, forcing him to cover the injury with his hands.

Devil Rich Texan tries to trick Bugs by saying, "I've got a proposition to talk to you about." When Bugs shows himself, Devil Rich Texan tries to shoot ("What I've got to say, I'm a-sayin' with lead!"), but Bugs fits a pipe with elbows through his ladder and the soil wall of his hole, with a funnel on one end, so the bullets go into the funnel and are directed into Devil Rich Texan's butt. Devil Rich Texan, enraged, orders Maverick to get Bugs out. Bugs steals Maverick's clothes and comes out of the hole dressed as Maverick. Devil Rich Texan decides to get Bugs himself, but can't find him. Bugs lifts the hat to the audience to confirm that it's him. Devil Rich Texan calls for Maverick, who's still in Bugs' hole, then, ignorant of the situation, calls up the hole for Maverick to lower some dynamite. Bugs sends down as much as possible, at Devil Rich Texan's demands, who says: "I'll blow the critter to the outskirts of Dallas!" Bugs, Devil Rich Texan and Maverick fill the hole with so many sticks of dynamite that Devil Rich Texan, who is in the hole, can't see his hand before his face. Bugs calls down and tells him to look in his left hand dresser drawer for his "cigareet" lighter, which he uses while still in the hole.

After the explosion, instead of oil, a gusher of carrots comes out of the hole blowing Devil Rich Texan and Maverick to the top of the hole's derrick and Bugs exclaims: "Hey! Looks like I brought in a carrot gusher!". After chomping on one of them, he senses some of the audience's slight disbelief at what they're seeing, adding "Yeah, I know, I know...but anything can happen in 'Tex-ay-us'!"

Home mediaEdit

This short is available on the fifth volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 238. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 60–62. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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Preceded by
The Hasty Hare
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Rabbit Seasoning