Horse Hare is a 1960 Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny cartoon. It stars Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. This cartoon reuses the plot from Tom Tom Tomcat. The cartoon was originally made in 1958, due to a out of date production it was originally cancelled out of theaters. Because of the use of the slang term "Injun" along with other Native American stereotypes, this cartoon rarely airs on television. This cartoon was Michael Maltese's last; he left for Hanna-Barbera in 1958.
The year is 1886, and Sergeant Bugs is assigned to protect a U.S. Calvary outpost, Fort Lariat, from invaders. Yosemite Sam, accompanied by local Indians, attempts to invade the fort and fails on several occasions, aggravating the Indians in the process. The story concludes with Bugs and Sam in the middle of a clash between the returning Calvary and the Indians. Bugs manages to escape into a hole in the ground, while Sam and his mule do not-and get flattened.
Censorship and cancellation
- On The Merrie Melodies Show, The scene in which Bugs shoots his rifle at the Indians and runs a tally of the Indians that he has killed, singing "Ten Little Indians", while in "Tom-Tom Tomcat" on Merrie Melodies, the same song, performed by Tweety while Granny fires rifle at the Indian cats, was retained. Here is how the complete scene originally went. After counting six little Indians, Bugs corrects himself and says, "Uh-oh-- sorry, that one was a half-breed!" and erases half of the line that he has sketched on the Fort Lariat wall. He continues firing the rifle and an Indian sneaks behind him; so, Bugs kicks the Indian in the chin just while completing his song with, "Ten little Indian boys!".These scenes above were cut.(FOX outright and cancelled the cartoon originally).
- On Nickelodeon, The "Ten Little Indians" scene was shortened to remove Bugs' "half-breed" comment.(Nickelodeon also cancelled it out).
- Due to pressure from AOL Time Warner, this cartoon was one of 12 pulled from rotation by Cartoon Network during its 2001 "June Bugs" marathon. This short's ban is in addition to the "Censored 11" ban placed on all networks, being withheld from distribution since 1968 (though this was withheld out of theaters sence 1960). The reason given was the short's potentially offensive depiction "Injun" of Native Americans.
- Horse Hare at SuperCartoons.net
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