Saturday, August 14, 2010
Title: Hare-Um Scare-Um (this appears in single quotes on the title card; I'm not sure if I should actually list it, and many other Schlesinger cartoons, as 'Hare-Um Scare-Um')
Studio: Warner Bros.
Ben Hardaway & Cal Dalton
Carl W. Stalling
Series: Merrie Melodies
Running time (of viewed version): 7:38
Synopsis: Man needs meat, hunts wiley rabbit, does not come out on top.
Comments: Grey "Warner Bros." roll over the WB shield; was that always that way? So here's that rabbit of Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, Bugs's bunny, if you will. A grey bipedal bunny with long ears and a white belly. Who dresses up in a sexy female dog suit. And there's a big nosed hunter with a big brown hat. Hand lettered text in the newspaper stories; unusual. Presumably the pic of Happy Hardaway is Ben. The carnival rabbit wheels are real smooth looking; it's amusing that there's an outlet for it to plug into. The rabbit is laying traps for the hunter ahead of his arrival. To be fair, this hunter is hunting him for his meat, so it's not so out of whack as Jack the giant killer's outing in the last cartoon. The rabbit's all "werr herrr herr herr", and pretty much like the daffy Daffy. The trouble is that "daffy" isn't really funny for more than a few seconds. Title card seems to have the rabbit on a surfboard with an outboard motor, which shows up for about 3 seconds in the cartoon. The flesh discs which were the hunter's eyes... Hunter overacts facially. From the paper to leaving the house is a continuous camera shot (sometimes moving), 31 seconds long. Another continuous shot from leaving tracks until log seek, 41 seconds long. That's 1/6th of the non credit portion of the cartoon between those two shots. The dog's dizziness animations are delicate. I think the underlying thing about putting salt on something's tail to catch it has to do with "if you can put salt on something's tail, you're in a position to catch it". For some reason, the salt painting is vaselined (soft focused). Courting scene is a 50 second continuous shot. 2/7ths of the cartoon in 3 shots. The cop scene is another 40 second continuous shot. Skin + bones = tasty. The hunter has an unseemly amount of eyeshadow on. The hunter is apparently named John Sourpuss.
A non-Bugs Bunny cartoon that burns to the ground the possibility of Bugs using this perfectly good rabbit based title.
Note that there is a found lost ending to this cartoon, on David Gerstein's blog:
The rabbits beat up the hunter, who ends up insane and bouncing on his head at the end.
Also note the following 1938-39 release year Looney Tunes book, found on Cartoon Brew:
which lists this rabbit as "'Bugs' Bunny". I would think this book would have come out before the season started, but that would mean the Bugs art was in the book a year ahead of release, which seems unlikely.
The Wizard of Oz premiered the same day as this cartoon.
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