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Alternate Title: The Wild Hare

A Wild Hare (The Wild Hare) (1940) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series A Wild Hare

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>Leon Schlesinger Studios
  • Leon Schlesinger Studios
  • Animated Characters: Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd.
  • Awards: Academy Award Nominee, Best Short Subject (Cartoon), 1941.
  • Originally Released in 1940.
  • Production Number: 9617.
    MPAA: 3993
  • Running Time: 8:16 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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Alternate Title: "The Wild Hare (Blue Ribbon Reissue)."

Release Dates:


  • Jul 27, 1940- Original Release
  • Jun 17, 1944- Blue Ribbon Reissue

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This is the first official Bugs Bunny cartoon, although there are some very Bugs-like characters that precede this cartoon.

In September of 1943, beginning with A Feud There Was, Warner Bros. began re-releasing select color cartoons in their Blue Ribbon program. Typically the Blue Ribbon reissues received new opening sequences with Blue Ribbon title cards and standardized music. Cartoon production credits were also removed. Between ten and fifteen cartoons were released in any given year, with cartoons coming from as far back as 1935. The reissues continued until the close of the studio in the 1960's.

All Blue Ribbon cartoons were released as "Merrie Melodie" cartoons regardless of the original series. The first "Looney Tunes" short to be included in the Blue Ribbon series was The Hep Cat, which was added in 1949. The only current prints of many of these cartoons are the Blue Ribbon releases, although restoration of these cartoons with original elements and titles is always ongoing.

The Blue Ribbon reissue erroneously misspelled the title card as "The Wild Hare", and removes a Carole Lombard joke.

Ms. Lombard had died in a plane crash on January 16, 1942, and it was felt to be in poor taste to make a joke in her name after the accident. Her name was replaced with that of Barbara Stanwyck's.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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Excellent blue print for "Bugs Bunny"s to follow.

This is where it all truly began. Tex had seen all the Bugs cartoons made before inwhich he seemed to resemble Daffy and would go on to inspire the creation of Woody Woodpecker. He then...  (read more)

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This is the first real Bugs Bunny film. The audience loved the cartoon. They called the box office and said "when are we going to see more of that rabbit?" like the box office had something to do...  (read more)

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