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Hare Force
Merrie Melodies (Bugs Bunny) series
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Directed by I. Freleng
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Tedd Pierce
Voices by Mel Blanc
Bea Benaderet
Tedd Pierce
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by Manuel Perez
Richard Bickenbach
Ken Champin
Jack Bradbury
Gerry Chiniquy
Virgil Ross
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) July 22, 1944 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:00
Language English

Hare Force is a 1944 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Friz Freleng and starring Bugs Bunny and an old lady. Although the title is an obvious play on Air Force, the cartoon's plot has nothing to do with the military. The unit of Friz Freleng was the first unit besides Bob Clampett to use the definite design. Freleng made a slight modification while this cartoon was in production. "As Time Goes By" is sung in this short by Sylvester the dog (not to be confused with Sylvester the cat) and Bugs at different points.



Bugs tossed back out in the cold.

On a cold and snowy night, Bugs wangles his way into the good graces, and more importantly, the house, belonging to an old lady (voiced by Bea Benaderet). Sylvester, her dog (voiced by writer Tedd Pierce), takes an instant dislike to the Bunny, and most of the cartoon is spent with the two tricking each other into going outside the house and getting locked out. Finally they get into a schtick where they are each throwing the other out the front door in turn, in quick succession. The old lady, fed up with all the bickering by now, intervenes (out of frame) and tells them both to get out, when suddenly she is thrown out, startled and indignant. Bugs and the dog have made peace, and are lazing by the fire. Bugs turns to the audience and says, in typical fashion, "Gee, ain't I a stinker?"


The story is very similar in concept to Hiss and Make Up (1943) where Granny warns her constantly feuding pets that she would throw them out into the snow if she hears any more noise.[1]

Edited versions

  • The version of this cartoon that aired on TBS cut the part where as Sylvester the Dog is sobbing over melting the snowman likeness of Bugs, believing he killed him. Bugs says to Sylvester, "You're really in a jam now, Doc. It's the hot seat for you, sure."[2]


This cartoon is available on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set (volume three, disc one) uncut. It can also be found on the "Bugs Bunny: Hollywood Legend" VHS, the "Starring Bugs Bunny" VHS, the "Looney Tunes Collectors Edition: Canine Corps" VHS from Columbia House, and the "Bugs Bunny Classics" laserdisc.



  1. Shull, Wilt (2004), p. 144
  2. Censored Looney Tunes: H

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Preceded by
Hare Ribbin'
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Buckaroo Bugs