From Hare to Eternity
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Directed byChuck Jones
Story byStephen Fossati
Produced byChuck Jones
Linda Jones Clough
StarringFrank Gorshin
Greg Burson
Music byCameron Patrick
George Daugherty
Animation byTom Decker
Claude Raynes
Patrick Gleeson
Backgrounds byJill Petrilak
Color processTechnicolor
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • November 4, 1997 (1997-11-04)
Running time
7 minutes
LanguageEnglish

From Hare to Eternity is a 1997 straight-to-video Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam cartoon in the Looney Tunes series, directed by Chuck Jones (in his last role as director and his only role as director of a Bugs Bunny short since Transylvania 6-5000 in 1963, as well as the second of two times when he or a member of his unit at WB directed a short featuring Yosemite Sam, the other being Hare-Abian Nights). It was originally set to theatrically release a year after Another Froggy Evening but it never did, however it did release on VHS a year later.[1][2] The voice of Bugs is performed by Greg Burson and the voice of Yosemite Sam is performed by Frank Gorshin.[2]

The cartoon is mainly a parody of H.M.S. Pinafore with Sam and Bugs performing many of the songs. It was issued as a tribute to Yosemite Sam's character creator and DePatie–Freleng Enterprises's co-founder, Friz Freleng, who had died two years earlier. It is both the final Bugs Bunny cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and the final Chuck Jones-directed Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies short, ending a career that began on November 19, 1938 with The Night Watchman and less than five years before his death on February 22, 2002. It is included as a special feature on the DVD for The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie as well as the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray box-set on the third disc. The character Michigan J. Frog also has a brief cameo in the cartoon. Because Yosemite Sam was created by Freleng, this is the only Chuck Jones cartoon to feature Yosemite Sam.

Plot

Yosemite Sam is the captain and only occupant of a sailing ship, H.M.S. Friz Freleng with home port in Kansas City (an on-screen reference to the late animator and his hometown), and he's heading on a voyage for buried treasure with the means to get it for himself. He reaches the island, immediately finding the dig site, and uncovers both a treasure chest and Bugs Bunny on it. Before Sam can deal with Bugs, the rabbit shoves the chest and Sam onto the ship and sets the ship in motion. Bugs avoids walking the plank and tricks Sam into thinking he's a charming mermaid, which gets him into a swimming chase with a shark. In the end, Bugs Bunny opens his treasure chest, which is revealed to be full of carrots.

Before the cartoon ends, the short dedicates Friz Freleng in memory of him.

Voice cast

Home media

See also

References

  1. ^ Sandler, Kevin (1998). Reading the Rabbit: Explorations in Warner Bros. Animation. p. 224. ISBN 9780813525389.
  2. ^ a b Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 60. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved October 31, 2021.