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The Old Grey Hare Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1944 11-13.
40860
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Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.
 featuring Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, God

The Old Grey Hare On Video!  The Old Grey Hare BCDB Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4/5 stars from 13 users.)

The Old Grey Hare 10 out of 5 stars

If BCDB sez it, it must be true: Mel Blanc IS God!

Reviewed by: mmtper, April 04, 2005

Well, I can understand why some folks might be upset by this one, as it does deal with old age & death & burial. Clampett sometimes used "sick" or "black humor", and I understand some of Calmpett's fellow animators thought he could go over the line into bad taste. I had a friend who thought this 'toon was brilliant but hated it, because in the end Bugs buries Elmer alive, then blows him up with a bomb! I assured him (and everyone else) that I believe that Elmer is alive & almost well. Cartoon bombs do not blow characters up, they just get a blackened face and talk like Rochester for a moment. In fact, it probably blew Elmer clear out of the dirt and back onto terra firma to continue his pursuit. This is a great toon, very rich in comic detail:
check out the stories in Elmer's newspaper: "Quintuplets give birth to Quintuplets" and an aside that Carl Stalling thinks Smellivision will never work. When Elmer starts to weep thinking he HAS killed Bugs ( a routine they had done in several previous toons),
he cries to the classical tune "Traumerei" by Robert Schumann, and Arthur Q. Bryan does a brilliant job of cry-singing. Also, an oddly poignant detail: as Elmer holds the dying Bugs in his arms, the animator (McKimson?) gets serious with Elmer, and depicts an almost realistic, sad old man. It shouldn't come off, but for me it somehow does. What a strange, wierd yet great cartoon.
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