Mad as a Mars Hare
Marvin the Martian threatens to project Bugs Bunny forward into time using his Time-Space Gun
Directed byChuck Jones
Maurice Noble
Story byJohn Dunn
Produced byDavid H. DePatie
StarringMel Blanc
Music byBill Lava
Animation byKen Harris
Richard Thompson
Bob Bransford
Tom Ray
Harry Love
Layouts byMaurice Noble
Backgrounds byBob Singer
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • October 19, 1963 (1963-10-19)
Running time
7 minutes

Mad as a Mars Hare is a 1963 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble.[1] The short was released on October 19, 1963, and stars Bugs Bunny and Marvin the Martian.[2] The cartoon's title is a play-on-words of the famous phrase to be "mad as a March hare". This is Marvin's final appearance in the Looney Tunes shorts during the Golden Age of American Animation.


Marvin the Martian observes Earth from Mars through a telescope, witnessing a rocket launch. To his dismay, the rocket careens into his observatory, leaving Marvin shaken but resilient. Subsequently, a lone Bugs Bunny emerges from the rocket, having been unwittingly sent to Mars as an expendable "astro-rabbit." Bugs, upon landing, symbolically claims Mars for Earth with a flag-bearing metal carrot, provoking Marvin's vehement objection to relinquishing his planet.

Marvin's initial attempt to eliminate Bugs with a disintegrating pistol backfires, resulting in his own disintegration and subsequent reintegration. Undeterred, Marvin employs a Time-Space Gun to project Bugs into the future as a subservient laborer. However, a misfire transforms Bugs into a formidable Neanderthal rabbit, who effortlessly overpowers Marvin. Defeated once again, Marvin retreats for regeneration, lamenting his perpetual struggle.

Bugs, unfazed by the ordeal, addresses the audience, musing about surprising Earth's hunters upon his return, before nonchalantly consuming the metal carrot.


Home media

Mad as a Mars Hare is available on the Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinare DVD. However, it was cropped to widescreen. The full-screen version is available on the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1 Blu-ray box set and its DVD edition.


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 344. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 60–62. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.