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Still from Warner Brothers 1950 cartoon, "Water, Water Every Hare," featuring Bugs Bunny; source, archive.org.
Still from Warner Brothers 1950 cartoon, "Water, Water Every Hare," featuring Bugs Bunny; source, archive.org.

WDIJW? Water, Water Every Hare

Warner Brothers 1950 Looney Tunes cartoon, “Water, Water Every Hare” features Bugs Bunny, an evil scientist, and a hulking, red, shaggy monster, “Rudolf” (inspiration to Jim Henson, maybe?). While the story line is almost a match to another of Bugs’ trips to the mad scientist’s castle, “Hair-Raising Hare,” this delight — found intact on a damaged hard drive and contributed to archive.org — is UNCUT!

Like many studios, Warner Bros. went on an “offensive scenes” extermination binge at the end of the 20th century, disappearing some of the funniest scenes, which may have included violence, drug and alcohol references, and sexually suggestive gags they believed had no place in kids’ shows today. What should be remembered, however, is that in their day, these shorts were NOT produced as children’s fare — they were run between feature films at all showings, daytime or late night. Cinema owners had the choice of running a particular cartoon or not. The cartoon is available (how close to the original, I can’t say) on Disc 1 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1.

For more information, visit this film’s page at Archive.org.

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Jason Velázquez has worked in print and digital journalism and publishing for two decades. E-mail: editor@greylockglass.com Phone: (413) 776-5125

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