|Directed by||Charles M. Jones|
|Story by||Michael Maltese|
|Animation by||Ben Washam|
A.C. Gamer (Effects Animation)
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Produced by||Eddie Selzer|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures |
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date||July 24 1948 (USA)|
|Format||Technicolor, 7 min (one reel)|
Haredevil Hare is a 1948 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones. It stars Bugs Bunny and introduces Marvin the Martian — although he is unnamed in this film — along with his Martian dog, "K-9". All the voices are done by Mel Blanc. Marvin's nasal voice is similar to one that Blanc used for the emcee in What's Cookin' Doc?, for just one line, where the emcee says, "Shall we give it to him, folks?"
The title is a play on "daredevil", although it has only a vague metaphorical connection to the plotline, as Bugs is a reluctant participant in the cartoons acrobatics.
The cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and written by long-time accomplice Michael Maltese. It was animated by Ben Washam, Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris and Phil Monroe, with effects animation by A.C. Gamer. The music was scored by Carl Stalling and the backgrounds painted by Peter Alvarado, with layouts by Robert Gribbroek.
Bugs is tricked into being the first rabbit shot into space. When he lands on the moon he finds an unnamed Martian (later known as Marvin Martian) set to blow up planet Earth. Bugs luckily defeats the Martian but has a bit of a problem afterwards when he is unable to leave the moon, which he was forced to blow up to thwart the Martian.
Gags repeated in later cartoons
The part about Marvin wanting to blow up earth - and Bugs being a little slow to figure out that his planet is in danger - was later used in the cartoon Hare-way to the Stars. The part about the moon getting blown up foreshadowed the end of the Daffy Duck cartoon Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century.