Hare Remover
Merrie Melodies (Bugs Bunny) series

"I think Spencer Tracy did it much better. Don't you, folks?"
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Robert McKimson
(both uncredited)
Produced by Edward Selzer (uncredited)
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by Richard Bickenbach
Art Davis
Cal Dalton
I. Ellis
A. C. Gamer (effects animation)
Layouts by Richard H. Thomas
Backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) March 23, 1946
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7:27
Language English
Preceded by Baseball Bugs
Followed by Hair-Raising Hare

Hare Remover is a 1945 Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, released in 1946. The film was the second Bugs Bunny cartoon to be directed by Frank Tashlin at Warner Bros., the first being The Unruly Hare (1945).[1] (Tashlin was left uncredited because he had left the studio before the cartoon was completed, as Robert McKimson supervised post-production).

The title is another obvious play on "hair", and on patent medicines that had the opposite effect of a "hair tonic" (as with another Bugs title, Hare Tonic).


Mad scientist Elmer tries his best to make a "Jekyll and Hyde potion", but his experiments always end in failure, causing his test animals, this time it's a dog, to run out and eat grass. He decides to trap a rabbit (Bugs Bunny) as his next subject. After he traps him, Elmer gives Bugs the potion, again with no success. Elmer has a crying fit until Bugs gives him one of the potions, giving Elmer the same initial looney side effects the other animals had experienced. (Bugs comments to the audience, "I think Spencer Tracy did it much better. Don't you, folks?")

When a bear enters the lab from the nearby forest, both Bugs and Elmer mistake the bear for one another (Bugs seeing the bear wear Elmer's hat and Elmer later seeing the bear eat a carrot), until Elmer becomes angry at the bear (still thinking that it's Bugs Bunny) after the bear refuses the potion that was going to cure him, which was the same potion Bugs gave to the bear earlier and of which made the bear disgusted. Elmer scolds the bear until he discovers that the bear isn't Bugs Bunny when the real Bugs is at the window. Elmer realizes his mistake, and the enraged bear chases Elmer and ends up on the warpath against him, while Elmer is sobbingly panickedly begging the bear not to literally kill him. Elmer, after heeding Bugs' option, plays dead to fool the bear, and is saved by his bad odor (just as with Wabbit Twouble). Elmer thinks he's safe until he thinks he hears the bear again, but it's Bugs this time, imitating the bear (again, lifted from Wabbit Twouble). Meanwhile the bear is standing on the side of the room watching them, convinced that both Elmer and Bugs are crazy, flashing rebus picture cards to the audience showing a screw with a ball, a cracked pot, a dripping faucet, bats in a belfry, etc.


This cartoon is found on Volume 3 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection.


See also


  1. Sigall (2005), p. 73
Preceded by
Baseball Bugs
Bugs Bunny Cartoons
Succeeded by
Hair-Raising Hare
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