Judge Roy Hrab is hare today, gone tomorrow.
Ears to you, Bugs!
Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire is a collection of 15 cartoon shorts that have not been released on DVD, until now. The compilation is comprised of:
"Mutiny On The Bunny" (1950): Shanghai (aka. Yosemite) Sam is looking for a new crew for his boat. Unfortunately for Sam, he decides that Bugs fits the bill.
"Bushy Hare" (1950): Bugs gets transported to Australia, courtesy of a bunch of balloons and a mix-up with a stork. He finds himself hunted by an aborigine (presented as a stereotype one would expect from the 1950s), but manages to turn the tables.
"Hare We Go" (1951): This is an episode that I remember from my childhood. Bugs joins Christopher Columbus to prove that the world is round. The trip doesn't go as planned.
"Foxy By Proxy" (1952): Bugs decides to have some fun with a group of dogs on a fox hunt. This is one of the few episodes where Bugs gets a comeuppance for his antics.
"Hare Trimmed" (1953): In the small town of "Doughnut Hole," sweet old Granny has just been widowed and inherited millions. Yosemite Sam wants to marry her and steal the money. Bugs sets his sights on foiling Sam.
"Lumber Jack-Rabbit" (1954): Bugs finds himself on the estate of Paul Bunyan and goes straight for the giant carrots. This attracts the attention of Paul's dog, who doesn't appreciate Bugs' carrot mining.
"Napoleon Bunny-Part" (1956): Bugs takes a wrong turn, ending up in Napoleon's château. He quickly runs afoul of the little emperor. A fun episode.
"Bedevilled Rabbit" (1957): Bugs ends up in Tasmania, which can only mean thing: trying to evade the Tasmanian Devil.
"Apes Of Wrath" (1959): A drunken stork loses his package and tries to cover-up by delivering Bugs to the expecting couple. However, the couple in question is a pair of gorillas. Bugs has fun torturing his "father." The episode has a nice twist at the end involving Daffy Duck.
"From Hare To Heir" (1960): Sam, Duke of Yosemite at Bedlam Manor, has big money problems. Luckily, Bugs comes around offering Sam one million pounds. But there's a catch: the money can only go to a mild-tempered person and deductions are made for ill-tempered behavior. Needless to say, hot-headed Sam has trouble keeping an even keel, especially with Bugs intentionally irritating him.
"Lighter Than Hare" (1960): Sam returns as Yosemite Sam of Outer Space. Sam is out to capture a specimen to return to his planet. The first creature he sees is Bugs. He sends his robots to subdue the rabbit. Some fun mayhem ensues.
"The Million Hare" (1963): Daffy Duck is crashing at Bugs' place, watching the show "Beat Your Buddy." As the pair watch the live show, their names are picked to compete on the program. The first one to reach the television station will win a "million bucks." The race is on and Daffy goes over the edge.
"Mad As A Mars Hare" (1963): Bugs finds that he has been tricked into entering a space rocket that has landed on Mars. Marvin the Martian does not like the alien intrusion and tries to eliminate Bugs. Bugs frustrates his attempts, making Marvin "so angry!"
"Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare" (1964): Bugs does battle with the Tasmanian Devil again. However, Bugs' cleverness gets the better of him this time around. This is a pretty weak episode and is geared towards little kids.
"False Hare" (1964): The Big Bad Wolf tries to knock-off Bugs to collect an insurance policy. Bugs foils the Wolf at every turn by reversing the traps. This is another weak offering, directed towards children.
As noted by Judge Clark Douglas in his review of Daffy Duck: Frustrated Fowl, these cartoons haven't been restored to the same standard as those in the Looney Tunes Golden Collection series. The newer shorts look generally better than the older ones. The audio is ok, but not perfect.
There are no extras.
This is a solid, but unexceptional collection of Looney Tunes shorts. The stories become distinctly less funny and intelligent as the episodes progress. The last two shorts are by far the weakest. Still these are better than almost any animation available today and a worthwhile pick-up for aficionados.
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