Director: Chuck Jones
Release Date: August 11, 1945
Stars: Bugs Bunny
‘Hare Conditioned’ is full of director Chuck Jones’ typical sophisticated humor and extreme posing. The cartoon really looks forward to his entries of the fifties. One of its best gags involves Bugs cross-dressing as a female customer and the manager courting him/her by tickling his/her feet. Unfortunately, the cartoon’s ending is bad.
Nevertheless, ‘Hare Conditioned’ is one of the great entries in the Bugs Bunny canon. It clearly establishes Jones’s concept of the rabbit, as he stated in his book ‘Chuck Amuck’:
“Golden Rule. Bugs must always be provoked. In every film, someone must have designs upon his person: gastronomic, as a trophy, as a good-luck piece (…..), as an unwilling participant in a scientific experiment (laboratory rabbit or outer-space creature). Without such threats Bugs is far too capable a rabbit to evoke the necessary sympathy”.
Jones kept to this rule in the rest of his cartoons, giving Bugs other large or powerful adversaries like a giant red monster in ‘Hair-Rasing Hare’ (1946) or a Martian, capable of blowing up the earth, in ‘Haredevil Hare‘ (1948).
Watch an excerpt of ‘Hare Conditioned’:
This is Bugs Bunny cartoon No. 33
To the previous Bugs Bunny cartoon: Hare Trigger
To the next Bugs Bunny cartoon: Hare Tonic