Falling Hare (1943) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

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Falling Hare (1943) - Merrie Melodies

Falling Hare (1943) — Mer­rie Melodies

CotD: “Falling Hare” is a rare WB car­toon indeed; The only Bugs Bunny car­toon to fall through the cracks and lose its copy­right protection.

Falling Hare (1943) — Mer­rie Melodies The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Work­ing at a U.S. Army Air­field under the ban­ner “Vic­tory Through Hare Power,” the Mas­ter Heck­ler finally meets his match.

While read­ing a book about grem­lins– tiny crea­tures who sab­o­tage (“saba-tog-ee,” says Bugs) mil­i­tary air­craft– Bugs Bunny hap­pens upon one such crea­ture, calmly attempt­ing to det­o­nate a block­buster bomb with a mal­let. An unusu­ally gullible Bugs chases the grem­lin into a bomber, which, of course, winds up air­borne and out of control.

The plane finally plum­mets earth­ward, giv­ing Bugs the chance to express his mor­tal fear in a dozen dif­fer­ent amus­ing ways. For­tu­nately, the plane runs out of gas just inches away from impact.

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