The Million Hare

The Million Hare is a 1963 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short starring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.[1] It was directed by Robert McKimson and written by David Detiege.

The Million Hare
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Title card
Directed byRobert McKimson
Produced byDavid H. DePatie
Story byDavid Detiege
StarringMel Blanc
Music byBill Lava
Animation byTed Bonnicksen
Warren Batchelder
George Grandpre
Keith Darling
Harry Love
(special animation effects)
Layouts byRobert Gribbroek
Backgrounds byRobert Gribbroek
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
April 6, 1963 (USA)
Running time
6 minutes
LanguageEnglish

Clips from The Million Hare were used, with color commentary by John Madden and Pat Summerall, as part of the fourth quarter of the 2001 Cartoon Network special The Big Game XXIX: Bugs vs. Daffy.

Plot summaryEdit

During the opening titles, the song "With Plenty of Money and You (The Gold Diggers' Lullaby)" (from the film Gold Diggers of 1937) is heard. The camera pans down a stack of TV antennas and enters the underground home of Bugs Bunny, who is being visited by Daffy Duck. As they watch a TV game show called "Beat Your Buddy", an announcer says he will draw two names from the "buddy barrel", and that the first namee to reach the television studio will win "a million bucks." He then draws Bugs and Daffy's names.

Bugs and Daffy race each other to the studio. Daffy finds himself continuously hindered, usually due to his own impatience. For example, he drives a moped onto a bridge under construction and winds up in the water below-forgetting that, as a duck, he can already fly and swim.

Bugs, keeping a steady, simple pace, reaches the studio's building first. Daffy dons a jet pack, hoping to beat Bugs to the top floor. He flies to the top floor, grabs Bugs, and zooms out the other end of the building. They land in an antique glass shop and are taken to a hospital. Even though they are in bandages, with Daffy on crutches and Bugs in a wheelchair, they continue the race and Daffy crosses the finish line first.

Daffy then discovers that the "million bucks" is actually a "Million BOX"—a huge box filled with one million little boxes. Considering the prize worthless, Daffy gives it to Bugs. The announcer then reveals that "inside each of the one million little boxes, there is a crisp, brand-new $1 bill"—thus Daffy has just given Bugs $1,000,000. "With Plenty of Money and You" is heard again, and the announcer asks Daffy if he wants to say something to the audience. Daffy's head slowly changes into a donkey's head, {i.e. Jackass} and he starts braying.

CastEdit

Mel Blanc as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Announcer

AvailabilityEdit

"The Million Hare" is available on the Looney Tunes Superstars DVD; however, it has been cropped to widescreen format. It is also available on the DVD The Best of Bugs Bunny, also cropped to widescreen.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. 342. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.

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Preceded by
Devil's Feud Cake
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
1963
Succeeded by
Hare-Breadth Hurry