Haredevil Hare
Bugs Bunny, disguised as a Martian, hands Marvin the Martian the Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator.
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byMichael Maltese
StarringMel Blanc
(all voices)
Edited byTreg Brown
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byBen Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Ken Harris
Phil Monroe
Layouts byRobert Gribbroek
Backgrounds byPeter Alvarado
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • July 24, 1948 (1948-07-24)
Running time

Haredevil Hare is a 1948 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.[1] It stars Bugs Bunny and it is the debut for Marvin the Martian — although he is unnamed in this film—along with his Martian dog, K-9.[2] Marvin's nasal voice for this first film is different from the later one he is most known for. This is also the last pre-August 1948 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon whose copyright was sold to Associated Artists Productions.


The cartoon opens with newspaper headlines announcing that Bugs Bunny has volunteered to be the first passenger on the first rocket to the Moon. In truth, however, Bugs is reluctant to go on this mission, and he is dragged across the launching pad to the waiting rocket as he frantically protests against what is to be expected of him. He immediately becomes cooperative when he sees the rocket being loaded with carrots. The rocket is then launched into space. Shocked by the sudden acceleration of the rocket, Bugs attempts to exit, but when he opens the hatch, he is horrified when he sees that the rocket has already left Earth.

When the rocket lands on the Moon, Bugs has a panic attack, but quickly regains his composure as he starts to walk on the surface of the Moon, contemplating the fact that he is the first living creature to set foot on it, while passing behind a large rock on which the words "Kilroy was here" are written. Another rocket soon lands nearby, called the Mars to Moon Expeditionary Force from the planet Mars, and from it emerges an unnamed Martian (later known as Marvin the Martian), who begins work on something that involves a missile and clearly concerns Earth.

Curious, Bugs asks Marvin what he is doing, and Marvin explains he has arrived on the Moon to remotely destroy the Earth. Bugs is initially unconcerned, until he realizes the severity of the situation, so he steals from Marvin the missile's fuel source: the Uranium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator, which is actually an ordinary stick of dynamite. He is shortly confronted by Marvin's Martian dog, named K-9, who, as ordered to by Marvin, retrieves it while Bugs is distracted trying to send an SOS to Earth. In one of his classic wordplays, and after that through flattery, which the dog is absent-mindlessly prone to, Bugs successfully gets the Modulator back.

An angry Marvin berates and scolds his dog. Bugs quickly arrives disguised as a Martian with a "special delivery from Mars" and hands Marvin the Modulator, now wired to a detonator. While Marvin is celebrating the return of the Uranium PU-36, Bugs activates the detonator. The explosion reduces the Moon to a crescent. A silhouette on Earth resembling Friz Freleng contacts Bugs Bunny and asks if he has a statement to the press. Bugs, hanging precariously from the edge of the Moon, with Marvin and the dog clinging to him and dangling below, says his statement is: "Get me out of here!".


Animation producer Paul Dini writes, "Before director Chuck Jones cast Bugs Bunny in the more or less permanent role of unflappable hero, the director and his animators seemed to delight in emotionally challenging their long-eared star. Nowhere is that more gleefully apparent than in 1948's Haredevil Hare, wherein the reluctant space-going rabbit is called upon to display terror, greed, nonchalance, innocence, and frustration, with side trips to wise-guy confidence and doe-eyed flirtation. Ben Washam's brilliant animation of Bugs' extended post-crash jitters is reason enough to place this cartoon among the Warner Bros. greats."[3]

Home media

This cartoon is included on disc 3 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 DVD set and also included on disc 2 of the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray box set with the cartoon restored and in high definition. This short is also available on disc 1 of The Essential Bugs Bunny.

See also


  1. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 60–61. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  2. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 187. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  3. ^ Beck, Jerry, ed. (2020). The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons. Insight Editions. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-64722-137-9.