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Devil May Hare

Devil May Hare (1954) - Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series Devil May Hare

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>Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.
  • Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.
  • Animated Characters: Bugs Bunny, Tasmanian Devil, Tazmania She-Devil, Turtle.
  • Originally Released in 1954.
  • Production Number: 1304.
    MPAA: 16375
  • Running Time: 6:56 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Production Information:


Taz's first appearance.

Sid Marcus came up with the idea of a Tasmanian Devil as Bugs' new adversary. He actually first pitched the idea in the late 1940s to Art Davis. However, Art's unit was disbanded before he could use the character.

This is also one of Rob Scribner's last films as an animator before he left to do commercials and other things.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

Commentary:


Looney Tunes cartoon director Robert McKimson's lack of recognition compared to his "Termite Terrace" cohorts (Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng) might stem from his lack of character growth- not his own character, of course, but the characters he created. In contrast to Chuck Jones' heyday in the 1950's (where he refined characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, who'd already been around for over a decade), McKimson's debut cartoon for the Tasmanian Devil, Devil May Hare, remained the best, even though McKimson went on to do many more.

The basic premise is established here: the nasty, spitting, spinning Devil scares the bejesus out of everyone but Bugs, who finagles every kind of explosive into the Devil's body under disguise of some forest creature. But none of the Devil's other outings had as superb a wrap-up as the one here [spoiler alert]: Bugs- while muttering to us, "What I got up my sleeve shouldn't happen...", as if even *he* admits how outlandish the scheme is- phones the Devil's hometown newspaper to place a personals ad for a Tasmanian She-Devil. The female arrives in record time, to be married to the Devil by Parson Bugs, who sends them off with the thoughtful comment, "All the woild loves a lover- but in this case, we'll make an exception!"

All of the Bugs/Taz adventures are captured on the Warner Bros. videocassette Taz's Jungle Jams, which only shows their dramatic decline from a very funny debut (though "Bedevilled Rabbit" [1960] has its moments).

Review By: Steve Bailey



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Too funny. From sawing the slingshot tree with such casual regard to the Tazmanian bride waving that ring.
I used to always ponder the airplane landing in the forest like that.
This is one great cartoon, hands...  (read more)

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