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.
A Wild Hare Production Information
Alternate Title: "The Wild Hare (Blue Ribbon Reissue)."
- Jul 27, 1940- Original Release
- Jun 17, 1944- Blue Ribbon Reissue
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