From Hare to Heir

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  • Approved
  • 1960
  • 6 min
  • 7.8  (622)

From Hare to Heir is a 1960 animated short film featuring some of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time: Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam. Directed by the legendary animator Chuck Jones and featuring the voice acting of Mel Blanc, this short film takes viewers on a wild and hilarious ride through a series of increasingly absurd hijinks.

The story begins with Bugs Bunny, the wisecracking rabbit with a penchant for mischief, inheriting a large sum of money from a recently deceased millionaire. While Bugs is initially overjoyed at the prospect of all this newfound wealth, he soon realizes that the money comes with one big catch: he has to spend the night in the millionaire's creepy mansion with Yosemite Sam, a notorious outlaw who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the money. If Bugs can make it through the night and survive Sam's various attempts to thwart him, the fortune will be his.

What follows is a series of increasingly ridiculous encounters between Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam, as the two engage in a game of cat and mouse inside the mansion. Bugs uses his quick wit and cunning to outsmart Sam time and time again, while Sam tries everything from traps to outright violence to try and get the upper hand. Along the way, the two characters engage in a series of classic Looney Tunes gags, including falling down stairs, getting hit with anvils, and running into walls. The animation is top-notch, with each character's movements perfectly captured and their expressions conveying a wide range of emotions.

One of the standout moments of the film comes when Bugs and Sam engage in a game of charades, with Bugs trying to silently convey the various movie titles that Sam must guess. The animation during this scene is especially impressive, as Bugs contorts his body and face in a variety of hilarious ways, all while keeping a perfectly straight face. Mel Blanc's voice work during this scene is also top-notch, as he provides the voices for both Bugs and Sam as they engage in their witty banter.

As the night wears on, the stakes get higher and the pranks get more elaborate. At one point, Bugs tricks Sam into thinking he's been possessed by the spirit of the deceased millionaire, resulting in a hilarious scene in which Sam tries to exorcise the spirit by blasting it with a shotgun. In another scene, Bugs disguises himself as a butler in order to sneak past Sam undetected, only to be discovered and subsequently chased through the house.

Ultimately, the film builds to a satisfying conclusion, in which Bugs Bunny outwits Yosemite Sam one final time and emerges victorious. Along the way, From Hare to Heir provides plenty of laughs and showcases the incredible talent of the animators and voice actors who brought these beloved characters to life. Fans of classic Looney Tunes humor are sure to enjoy this short film, which perfectly captures the irreverent and silly spirit that made these cartoons so enduring. Whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer to the world of Bugs and Sam, From Hare to Heir is sure to delight and entertain.

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    7.8  (622)