October 17, 2009

Spotlight: Bugs Bunny - Fresh Hare

 Fresh Hare is a Bugs Bunny cartoon released in 1942. It details Mountie Elmer Fudd's efforts to capture fugitive Bugs Bunny in the wintery Canadian wilderness.

Thanks to VortexFilms for uploading this video

 I've enjoyed this cartoon for many years as a kid. My grandparents had a public domain videotape with this cartoon, "The Wabbit Who Came to Supper", and "Case of the Missing Hare" on it. It was years until I realized that Elmer Fudd was a Mountie and not a forest ranger. Also, I had no idea what the ending was about either until much later.
 Of course, I could delve into the blackface-in-history debate, but all I'm saying is that the ending should be preserved to show what attitudes toward African-Americans were at the time. Of course, it's a great honor to have a Bugs Bunny cartoon take place here in Canada (you probably noticed I spelled it as "honor" and not "honour", the Commonwealth spelling. It's just a personal preference of mine to spell those words without the "u").
 The video I first saw this cartoon on didn't edit out the ending, so I haven't seen this cartoon hacked up.
Feel free to share your opinions and memories of this cartoon in the comments.


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